Saturday, November 17, 2012


"Anyone who has ever cleaned out a closet
and taken stuff to Goodwill knows how liberating it is.
You feel lighter, your mind feels clearer."
Cecile Andrews (author and sustainability proponent)

"I've been getting rid of some clutter —
anything that doesn't serve a positive purpose in my life —
and making room for things that feel happy to me.
Because I get to make my life whatever I want it to be.
I get to make the room feel however I want it to feel.
I get to make the closet as full or as spacious as I want it.
And, if I have more clutter to get rid of after Christmas,
I'm not going to wait a year, or two or three to do it."
Jan Denise 

Hello fellow blogging friends,

I don't have anything exciting to write about or show today. The weather here is incredibly overcast with the cloud cover so low that I cannot see past the church steeple I often feature in my photos and blog headers.

This kind of weather gives me a good excuse to clean out my closet. I have had some work clothes taking up almost one entire closet that haven't been worn in several years.  They are still in good condition but I don't plan on wearing them anytime soon and they are taking up precious space in my small condominium.  I thought of selling the clothes to make a bit of return on all the money I spent.  However, that kind of project takes up too much time and effort and there is no guarantee of selling anything.   So I'm bagging everything up and hope to deliver them to the goodwill later this week. 

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."
Author Unknown

"Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it,
it's clutter, and it needs to go."
Charisse Ward

I've done a lot decluttering over the last 2 1/2 years but haven't gotten rid of my work clothes or shoes.  They are still in good condition and I was reluctant to part with them in case...

Now that time has come.

I need to make room for other things, mainly craft items and things I inherited from my mom almost 2 years ago.  I'm slowly working through mom's stuff to see what needs to be kept and what can go. I've saved all her important paperwork of course but it is her crafting things and appliances that take room and I want to  keep as much of it as possible since I got rid of so much already.  In addition, my own paperwork needs more sorting.  It was about one year ago when I had some time to purge a lot of very old paperwork.  I didn't quite finish the project but it isn't as overwhelming now.

While I'm doing this project, I may be scarce for awhile (or I may pop in here to post something or drop by and read your blog posts, when I want and need a break). Hopefully before the end of this month I will have made some terrific progress on making room in my condo and blessing someone else through donations to the Goodwill and Freecycle.

Please feel free to browse through some of my older posts while I'm taking a short break.  You can find them by doing a subject search.  You might find it easier just checking out my blog "archive list" in the sidebar to the right of my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving, November 22nd, to all my American friends. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October.

Take care everyone and see you soon.


Terra said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, and I like how you are decluttering. I do a bit of that on an ongoing basis. Your clothes will bless someone.

Jan said...

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all your family and friends there.

Great that you can set your mind to a task like decluttering and get on with it.I do a bit now and again and never get to the end of it.

Hugs and Blessings.

Denise said...

Blessings to you on thanksgiving.

Jo said...

You are such a blessing to all around you, Penny. Thanks! Happy thanksgiving to you too. (((Hugs))) Jo

Jan said...

That's sounds like a good project to be undertaking Penny. Decluttering does give you a great feeling once it's started and then completed. Have fun and take care of you. xx

EG CameraGirl said...

How smart of you to declutter during some overcast days. It's a super way to lift your spirits.

Vores have said...

Good morning Joyful
Nice to have sorted things - wish you a good "blog break" - checks on you .....
Hugs Hanne Bente

BlueShell said...

Good morning dear!
have a wonderful week. BShell

Diane said...

We have moved so many time recently that I cannot believe we still have clutter but we do!! have a good week Diane

Pat said...

Getting rid of old stuff that I haven't used in years always feels cathartic. My husband tends to be a saver of everything, but I am gradually persuading him to get rid of stuff we haven't used in years and is just collecting dust and cobwebs and taking up space. I'm sure you're feeling good about the reduction in "stuff" at your home!

Joyful said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. It really does feel good to devote some time to this project before Christmas "rush". I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. Hugs. xx

Saucy Siciliana said...

Here in Trapani we have a NGO that gives assistance to people in Madagascar so my daughter and I often contribute clothes and then help them sort and pack all the stuff that goes to the children in that country. It feels good to know that at least the clothes will be useful. Happy Thanksgiving Joyful!

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