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I must say that discovering a little bit of organizing and “de-junking” goes a long, long way has been such a blessing.  Rather than be overwhelmed at the vast quantities of collected STUFF around the house I have been systematically (systematically in that there isn’t a system I just keep going little by little like the Energizer bunny) working on this for the past two years or so.  An area will get stuck in my head and it may stay there for a while but when I get to it - oh man, does it feel good!  Example:  I have a box of photos - yes I actually collected all the packets of photos (remember when we took film to be developed?) and put them all in one box.  I can’t recall how long ago that was.  Later I bought photo storage boxes - several.  I can’t recall how long ago that was.  Yesterday, while working on an scrapbook album to give to a friend for Christmas, I remembered a picture taken a long time ago when she visited so I went into the box to take a look for it.  No luck.  But TODAY with my photo storage boxes in hand and a cup of coffee in the other - back I went to that closet and looked again for the photo I wanted - SCORE!!!! and while I was at it put the organized photos into three separate storage boxes by the categories I had organized them.  Over this weekend I also gave away my old, OLD 10 speed bike that has been hanging in our garage since we moved here in ‘99, to a guy who repairs old 10 speeds and uses them or gives them away to promote biking to work, etc.  I found him on Freecycle looking for old bikes - SCORE!  Then I scored a metal shelving unit that my dh picked up but commented that it was useless, unstable, and going straight to the trash - I looked it over - deemed it unsuitable to store bins of the kids toys but very suitable for my craft supplies down in my scrap nook in our unfinished basement.  Think shabby chic meets the “cellar“...Before I go off to bed tonight I’m going to drag a box of old drinking glasses and a set of kitchen cannisters I recently replaced, out onto the front porch and let the person who just set up household and was looking for these things on Freecycle that they‘re there for her to come and get ‘em.  This is such a rewarding way of simplifying and de-junking I cannot tell you.  I also recently hauled four large bags of clothing to some clothing collection bins up at a nearby shopping center, gave a ton of stuff away over the years to the cleaning lady, then a bunch more to our new nanny...I’ve tried having a few garage sales but it’s not worth the effort of getting all the stuff ready to put out, dragging myself out of bed early to catch the early bird shoppers, and getting it all outside - to sell two things...waste of time and I’m not doing it for the money.  Likewise, the veterans, lupus and other agencies that call for collection - I can’t count how many times they’ve not taken what I’ve left so I’ve stopped leaving for them.  Check out Freecycle to see if it’s up and running in your area!  That’s a beautiful thing about mine - we‘re all in the same few mile radius so the picking up is a snap!  Try it!



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