MORE vs less: Dealing With “I Might Need It Some Day”

Day 21 – It happened again this past week. I recently (like in this month) got rid of something, And I needed the exact thing this week. Luckily I found another item that was similar which was good enough.

How do you deal with the stronghold of “I might need it someday, so I can’t part with it today”?

This is a hard one for me. And many times, I’ve gotten rid of something to need it within the week.

Has that ever happened to you?

Hazel Thornton is a professional organizer and time management consultant. She also has a helpful blog. She helps her clients by having them answer 4 questions about their clutter.

  1. What are the realistic chances that I will need this someday?  (If you don’t know, just take a guess. 20% is a fairly low probability. 80% is getting closer to certainty.)
  2. What is the replacement cost of that item? (Consider the time involved, the financial cost, and the energy required. Do not use numbers, just use your gut.)
  3. How much space would be recovered if you were to let it go? (If the item is tiny, the incentive to let it go is reduced. We want the biggest bang for our decluttering buck!)
  4. What is the worst thing that might happen if I needed this someday and no longer had it?

I (usually) have a logical approach to life, but holding onto my stuff defies logic. Answering these questions help take the emotional attachment and illogical thinking out of the equation. These questions help me get back to logical thinking.

Your Turn . . . Do you hold onto clutter because you might need it someday? How do you get yourself to let it go?

Day 15 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Decluttered in the porch closet.

Related Resources . . . 

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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Grateful 43 – Things in My Car

Day 39 – Things in My Car

I appreciate my car. It is safe to drive, has handy features (back-up camera and working radio), gets decent gas mileage. But there are also things IN my car that I appreciate. Let me tell you why I am grateful for 3 things in my car. 

ONE. Scissors. Do you know how many times I have used these? Too many times to count.Here are some ways I’ve used them. … To cut gum out of hair. … To open a food package. … To open a DVD package. … And for cutting coupons out of an entertainment book, newspaper of magazine.

TWO. Audio books. This is especially important for when I drive for an extended period of time. And they are helpful for when there is a lot of traffic. The audio books (on my cell phone) help me feel more relaxed and I am able to just go with the flow of what’s happening around me. TIP: Don’t buy them. Check them out online from the library.

THREE. Cell phone charger. Now that my phone’s battery is getting older, it doesn’t hold the charge as long. Having this plug-in charger means I don’t have to worry about my phone dying. And when I am in the car, it is important that I have enough battery juice to use my GPS (as I am direction challenged). And it means I can call for help when my car breaks down. And it is important to have enough battery power to play the audio book I am listening to.

Your Turn . . . What is in your car that you are grateful 4?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – Things in my Office

Day 38 – Things in my Office

I LOVE my work office. It is decorated with items from home. The walls are a sage green. It has 3 comfy chairs that belonged to other people in another life. And there is a lot of good lighting throughout the room. While I am grateful for everything that makes my office “homey,” I am especially grateful 4 3 things in my office.

ONE. High Top Table.  I am enamored with high top tables. I have always wanted one. So it is a treat to have one in my office, courtesy of my daughter. This cherry wood table is big enough to hold my projects when I need to spread out. And it is small enough to not over power the room.

TWO. High Bookcase. The bottom shelf has 3 cubbies with a basket in each one. Since I don’t have a closet or a desk with drawers, these hold all the odds & ends that I need but can be tucked out-of-sight. What makes this bookcase extra special is that it is high. It is high enough to use as a standing desk. A friend gave me a cushioned mat so that I can stand there, in comfort, all day if I want. I am grateful that I am able to do more standing while I work in my office.

THREE. Photos. I have 4 photo collages on my walls. They hold photos of special people and special trips I’ve taken. These photos remind me of my purpose in life, to work with integrity by being joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. These photos are excellent prayer reminders. As I do those things, I will be able to serve my loved ones (family and friends) well.

Your Turn . . . Talk about your office. What are things in it that you most appreciate?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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MORE vs less: Use a Declutter To-Do List

Day 20 – Write a specific declutter to-do list.

I have a friend who is a decluttering master. She shared a tip that WORKS for her.

Write down a decluttering to-do list for each area. And make the list specific.

  • Don’t write. “Clean off table.”
  • Do write, “Step One for cleaning off dining room table  … Pile all papers together … Put all go-backs to other rooms in one pile … Throw away trash … Put wearables in one pile …

You get the idea, be specific. And by being specific you can declutter according to each to-do and not feel pressured to DO the WHOLE table in one time frame. You can do the decluttering according to the time and energy you have available.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever used a specific decluttering to-do list? I never have and will try it with a spot where I can see all the stuff. In my closet I am just taking out one box at a time.

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Started cleaning out the closet on my porch. It has a mix-match of items out there: Christmas, art supplies, fall decorations, etc. I will need several more days of decluttering time to get this spot organized.

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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Friday’s Fave Five October 20, 2017

“Old age is dark and unlovely, Sally” said Mrs. Adams.

“Still,” said Sally, “you have much to be happy about.”

“True,” agrees Mrs. Adams.

~ (This short conversation came from an episode on John Adams.)

Yes, old age is dark and unlovely. And yes, there is still much to be happy about. Right now I am going to list five things that gets my gratitude. Join us here to do the same.

ONE. Celebrated Emily’s Birthday breakfast and dinner. My niece turned 16 and we had the required birthday waffles and ice cream breakfast and then the birthday person’s choice for dinner (lasagna, bread and salad with cheesecake for dessert.) Emily is smart, athletic, funny, loving, godly, and dedicated. I am blessed to have her as a niece.

TWO. Completed another 5K Fun Walk. Mary and I have finished four 5K’s now. This one was along the American River. There were only 40ish people – mainly running. At least we weren’t the last folks done. It was a lovely day and the money went to a cause we both believe in: the Children’s Receiving Home.

THREE. Decluttering is still going on. The thing I am happiest about is that the porch is empty. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so I had a huge incentive to get this area done.

FOUR. Car was donated. I’ve been trying to figure out what is wrong with my old car but wasn’t having any luck. With some help from my daughter, my car was donated today. It feels good to help a non-profit. And it feels good to cross off a majour item on my to-do list.

FIVE. Decorated a bulletin board. Cheryl helped me to put up new information on our PEP 55+ bulletin board. The gal who normally takes care of changing out the advertising. is not feeling well. So Cheryl helped me and we think we did a nice job. Plus it was fun spending time with Cheryl. And we even got in a few minutes of prayer together.

Your Turn . . . Please share something from your list.

Related Post . . . 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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MORE vs less: Books on Decluttering

Day 20 – There are a TON of books on this topic.

 Do you use books when you want to learn something new? I always do. And if they are available, I read books written for children first (on the topic I want to explore). However, on this topic of clutter, there are no children’s books. Hmmm, now that is an idea.
There are at least 2 dozen books at the library. I will not look at all of them during this challenge. But I will list the books that interested me or that I will read.

 

  1. The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero.  Marrero also has YouTube videos. Check them out.
  2. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down by Peter Walsh
  3. Clutter Control:Putting Your Home on a Diet by Jeff Campbell
  4. Cut the Clutter By Cynthia Townley Ewer
  5. House as a mirror of self : exploring the deeper meaning of home by Clare Cooper Marcus
  6. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying by Melissa Michaels
  7. Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
  8. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
    by Joshua Becker
  9. New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (and everyone else) by Fay Wolf

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Back in the office today. I got rid of two Desktop Document Letter Tray Organizers that were FULL of papers – papers that I thought I’d need some day. Well in the 5 years they have been there, I’ve only needed one file. 

Your Turn . . . Do you have precious piles of paper that you can sort through and purge?! . . . Do you have a book on decluttering that you can suggest? Or can you share a tip from such a book? 

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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Grateful 43 – Things in my House

Day 37 – Things in my house

I love my apartment home. It is quiet here (except for the periodic squawking chicken noise the fridge makes). There are things in my home that make it a beautiful, restful, safe, place to live. I am grateful 4 these 3 things in my house. (Oct. 19)

ONE. Photo blanket. I received a photo blanket as a gift. My daughter-in-law (and son) had photos of their two girls printed on it. I LOVE this blanket. I see it, talk to it, and pray over it every day! Right now as I write, it is in my line of sight. I am blessed to have these two as my granddaughters and to KNOW them.

TWO. Shower head water filter. I am sensitive to chlorine. Since 1986 I have tried to drink only de-chlorinated water. Last year I heard about shower head filters and I received one as a Christmas present. I am grateful to have this simple thing in my home that helps reduce the chlorine and other chemicals I’m exposed to especially since I get wrinkles, have naturally dry skin and suffer from asthma from time-to-time. Read this article if you are interested: Why I Always Use a Shower Filter.

THREE. Loveseat under a light. My fave spot to sit faces the photo blanket. This loveseat is comfy and sometimes I even take a nap here. But I LOVE that there is a light right above it; in fact there are two lights. Since I do most of my writing and reading in this spot, having lots of available light is very important to me. I am grateful that comfort, light, and furniture all align for ease in writing and reading.

 Your Turn . . . Look around your home. Have a think. And answer this question, “I am grateful 4 these 3 things in my home.”

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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