Hi! I‘ve been thinking about you and wanted to drop you a message. Valentine’s Day is a day to let people know they’re special to you. That person doesn’t have to be a sweetheart or a spouse - he or she can be a friend, family member or coworker. Over the years some of my favorite Valentine greetings have been from friends. And I treasure those cards.
So, here’s your greeting that says I appreciate you!
In January I read Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White, and the concepts changed my thinking. Basically, my home is a container; each room is a container; each closet is a container; each drawer, cupboard and tote is a container. I can keep as much as I like, but it must fit in its container, and anything more makes my life more stressful. I’m done with stressful.
My first and probably one of the most difficult challenges, was my office closet. Within it I had collected years’ worth of research, clippings, books & magazines, mementos, bookmarks, folders, CDs, floppy disks, cassette tapes and all manner of photos, manuals, book covers — and well, you get the point. There was a goldfish bowl, some of my kids’ little dolls, photo scanners and cords for things I know not what.
I looked at that closet as a container, at each shelf as a container, and set to work. It took me a week because whenever I got overwhelmed I backed away, but I filled one and a half recycle carts. A recycle cart is a 96 gallon container, far larger than an average trash can. I was super proud of myself, and the end result was rewarding. Completing that task feels like a huge accomplishment. I bought a few pretty boxes to hold smaller items and keep like items together.
For years I’ve planned and plotted each book in a 3-ring binder. They have added up as you can see in the photo, but for now I am keeping them. And here’s the great part: I can keep them without guilt because they fit in my container! See the before and after pics below.