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Started a new project in my home: a total tear-out and re-do of my kitchen and one of my bathrooms.  Many people said I was nuts, some say I'm nuts whether I'm doing anything or not.

“What? Right after the new year?” I heard. Yep, as if waiting another month would be any better or worse.

To be honest, I've been waiting 10 years to do this job... and I'm tired of waiting.

So, before New Year's arrived... in fact, 2 days after Christmas - all signs of the holidays were gone: It's time to purge.  The cabinets, the clutter, the closets. Something many of us do at this time of year anyway, right?

So, while we‘re all still in the mood to “revitalize” or "re-do" our lives, I thought I’d discuss a book I came across recently titled “Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life” by Gail Blanke. While I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, the topic alone was intriguing enough to get me thinking.

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      Cavalletta wrote Jan 21, 2011
    • Congrats for starting your clutter purge!  I like the idea and will check out the “Throw Out Fifty Things” book you mentioned.  It’s a great way to kick off any day/week/month/year.  Thanks for the tip!



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      Kmarie wrote Jan 21, 2011
    • Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life” by Gail Blanke you are so right the name of the book is inspirational. for the last year I have had a pyhiscal limitation wiating for my foot to heal. and while I am still waiting i have had a lot of time for reflection, the clutter I am eliminating is in me and my home office/guest bedroom. It is the room I actually spend the most time in, yet it is the one I never get around to cleaning up, it is always filled with clutter, and I make a lot of excuses for it, I need to face my internal demons, remove there clutter and declutter my wortk space. Lack of space is an issue and having to maitain so many files due contribute, but it is not the only reason.



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      Kyah wrote Jan 21, 2011
    • I like the concept, I need to toss 50 things like every day for the next 2 months that’s how much stuff I have!

      FlyLady.com or .net can get you started with half as much things to toss as well as where to start and how much time to spend de-cluttering. That’s a bit more realistic for me.



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      Anonymous wrote Jan 21, 2011
    • Sorry, I am so sick and tired of people who have so much not being satisfied with it.  Do you have any idea how many hungry people you could have fed or children you could have innoculated with the money you‘re spending on your “remodel“?!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 23, 2011
    • Excuse me, Anonymous.... it’s nice you have concerns about the hungry and children who need innoculations, but I think you should voice these concerns to people who actually Have money for renovations and buy a new fleet of cars and support a whole state if that would be in their heart.  

      Why be mean to people who decide a kitchen remodel is long over due? You’ve no idea of what some do for others so why are you treating this like a heartless waste of money? The charity we are going to feel for others isn’t something someone can shame us into doing with mean words.  

      I am sick and tired of people expecting others to be like them.... which includes you.  

      Cathie



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 23, 2011
    • Dilara, I hear ya on tired of waiting and 10 years is a long wait! I had plans for the kitchen to continue a remodel I started, but now I’m waiting for the X to buy me out so I can find a small fixer upper to call home. I like doing some of the work myself, but there’s structual things I can’t do. My brother can! ;oD  

      I hope you’ll share pictures with us!  

      Cathie



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      UK Girl wrote Jan 23, 2011
    • Good luck with the remodel and take some pictures to show us so you might inspire some others to clear out their clutter.I had a huge purge last year and now I am very strict one thing in and one thing out  

      I also second @Cathie on the anonymous post - sorry but this site is for normal women to come and chat - we are not saving the world we leave that to people like you throwing rocks from your computer and if you think that’s what is needed what are you doing here get out and do it !



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      Stephanie Wolf wrote Feb 5, 2011
    • Just started reading it!  What a great way to look at life, and it makes so much sense and should be so easy to do!  Can’t wait to read more tonight.



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      Dilara Sultan wrote Feb 11, 2011
    • So sorry for such a late reply! I’ve been crazy busy with work, but thank you so much for all your interaction! The remodel is going great and I’m about ready to get my home back to normal! I know my kids are ready for me to start cooking again, although they don’t like to admit it! ;)

      Anonymous, pain is subjective. Yes it is unfortunate how many people are out there who are in need and I do my part to volunteer and give back whenever I get the chance. Denying myself what makes my life easier won’t save the world. If I were Bill Gates, I would be doing more...which he is, by the way! I wish you all the best and hope you are doing your part, as well!  

      Kmarie, how’s the de-cluttering going?? I hope you‘re getting around and healing well!

      Thank you Cathie and Vicki! I hope to get some pictures on here soon! Have a fabulous weekend!

      ~Dilara



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