Overcoming Roadblocks to Your Declutter Challenge

I’m still two days behind on the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so, today I will publish two posts. This one, short and using  Paul B .  Taubman’s suggestion of sharing a video about my subject.

Because I’ve chosen to blog about decluttering this month. I’m not sure being a widow has created all the clutter. After all, there was plenty of clutter before he died. I even posted, here,  at the beginning of this challenge that our plan of moving including decluttering as we packed. That didn’t happen. So now, I am on a declutter mission, starting with this challenge.

I found this video with four decluttering roadblocks helpful, and thought you might also:

Hope you enjoy the video.

Which of her tips did you find most useful?

What is your biggest roadblock when trying to declutter?

Are you joining me on either, or both, the Ultimate Blog Challenge, or my decluttering challenge?

 

 

 

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Declutter Day 7, Tossing Clothes That No Longer Work

Today’s declutter item is a grocery bag with clothing inside.

No, I didn’t take the day cleaning out my closet. I opened up the chest holding my summer clothes.

It’s July, I think summer is here, it’s time to let the dark, heavy clothes rest and pull out the light, bright, fun clothes. However, in the process I found several items I can’t wear. Some of them pieces  I’ve never worn.

Like this dress. Which isn’t summer dress, but it was in the chest. No reason to keep it. Another season won’t improve it.

I bought it several years ago thinking it would be a good Christmas dress. It has a couple of problems.

                   1. It’s ugly. Okay, maybe not ugly, but it doesn’t appeal to me. Why did I buy it? I don’t know. Maybe because I thought something was needed for the Christmas holiday and, since waiting until the last minute is a habit, there was nothing else available. It looks like something my grandma would’ve worn, and looked fabulous.
2. It doesn’t fit. It never fit. It didn’t even get worn for the event for which it was purchased. Why keep it? Because I’d spent money on it and I was going to be able to wear it. Except I won’t. Even when I get down to the size appropriate for the dress, I won’t be wearing it.

Goodbye dress and other clothes that don’t, or have never, fit.

Some of the clothing came as part of another outfit but didn’t work for me. Like this cute spaghetti (do they still call them spaghetti?) strap blouse.

It came with a jacket. The idea was to pair the top and jacket with a skirt or slacks. The problem? Again there are two problems:

                             1. See those skinny straps? No way they can hide bra straps. I’m of the age that bra straps are to be of service behind the scenes, they are not to be visible. There is no way I can wear a bra with tiny enough straps for this top. I know, the jacket would hide the straps. Except, when I get hot the jacket comes off. Then what?
2. It’s too short. I don’t show my belly in public. Ever.

No, this blouse will never be worn, at least not by me, time to find a younger person who will love it.

Other clothes in the bag I might wear when I reach the appropriate size, but I’d rather celebrate my success of dropping weight with new more current fashions rather than something from years past.

Out the door, and to the thrift store goes this bag of ill-fitting clothing.

Do you have clothing you’ve hung on to, waiting to reach the appropriate size?

Do you have a favorite clothing item that you hope will come back in fashion?

How often do you sort through and purge your clothes?

Check out the Ultimate Blog Challenge for more blogs about a variety of subjects.

 

DECLUTTERING A PIECE AT A TIME – DAY 2 UBC CHALLENGE

I know today’s date is the fourth, which means this should be post four and not post two. Except, I had technical difficulties.

First, we had one of our Oklahoma thunderstorms which knocked my internet out. I’m not tech savy enough to post from my phone. Next, two family members ended up in the hospital. I went to check on them, that took another day. So here we are, on day four, posting for day two. I’ll get caught up here in a couple of days

 

It was suggested that part of today’s post include  why we  are doing what we do. Why am I decluttering in public?

To give a little backstory: 

 

For 26 years my husband and I lived in the same house, located about 30 miles from where I now live. We raised our children in that house. We accumulated a lot of “stuff” in that time. When we bought this house it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sort through our various collections. We began packing for the move, sorting as we packed. At least that was the plan. We were only going to bring what we needed or truly wanted. 

 

Yeah, my guess is we probably would have still brought some clutter. However, my husband went and died before we moved, or even got close to finishing packing.

 

At first I tried to sort as I packed. But, I just didn’t care. Sometimes too, the tears made it hard to see if what I held was valuable, sentimental, or could be left behind.

 

Now, ten and a half years later, it’s time to sort and remove that which I don’t need, want, or enjoy.

 

Which brings us to today’s item, a handy Pyrex® mixing bowl with a pouring spout and handle.

 

Not only do I not use it. Ever. I have no idea where it came from, or how long I’ve had it.

Did it make the move with me?

Did I acquire it after moving?

Who knows?

 

It could have come from my mother, doubtful, she cooked less than I do. My mother-in-law? Maybe, but still doubtful, it’s not her style. Another possibility, it’s from my aunt, she was a wonderful cook and liked all sorts of cooking equipment. However, even if it came from her, it has no sentimental value. Last, it could’ve been in a box of mixed up items we picked up at an auction. 

I have no clue where I got it.

 

I think I used it once and didn’t like it. It’s great for mixing, but I have other bowls that work just as well. It would be great for pouring pancake batter onto a griddle, if I liked and made pancakes.

I don’t.

 

I’m sure it will find a nice home somewhere. Some wonderful person who loves to cook will snatch it up at the thrift store and be ecstatic with their find.

Everyone wins. Tomorrow, another item from the kitchen.

 

Where would you start your decluttering?

If you don’t remember where you got something does it make it easier or harder to get rid of it?

Do you declutter when you’re emotional? 

 

This post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, where bloggers are posting daily on their blogs. Don’t forget to check out some of them on the Ultimate Blog Challenge Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

Decluttering a Piece at a Time, Healthier Home, Healthier Mind

This blog, much like me some days, it doesn’t know which direction to go. I’ve been accused, more than once, of not knowing what I want to be when I grow up. Of course, that would imply I intend to “grow up” at some point.

Never mind that. We’re talking about the blog here.

The blog also tends to go off in different directions, or I stop posting all together.

 

For July I thought I’d combine a couple of ideas and see how that works out.

First, I will be posting every day (or at least make the attempt) and joining the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It’s always more fun when others are joining in. Don’t you agree?

The Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) comes four times a year. The idea is that if bloggers blog every day for a month we will build up momentum and continue blogging on a regular basis. Somehow that hasn’t worked out well for me, but I’m always willing to try again.

Second, I will be posting about decluttering. Depending on who you ask, I may or may not qualify as a hoarder. I, of course, do not consider myself a hoarder. There is however, way too much “stuff” at my house.  “Stuff” in the house, in the barn, in the garage, in the sheds. “Stuff” everywhere, and much of it items I don’t need, or ever plan on using. Some of it belonged to my husband, some to the kids, some of it has is mine. While a few things have sentimental value to me there is far too much that I have hung on to out of habit. 

Items that have overstayed their welcome  are taking up valuable space in my home and mind. Removing them will improve both. At least, it can’t hurt. 

I have tried various methods of decluttering, all successful to a degree. Still, too much stuff fills my space. Jessica over at Good and Goodbye gave me a great idea. At least I think it’s great. By the way, Jessica is a minimalist so she’s the perfect person to emulate.

Here’s the plan: each day one item will leave the premises. I’ll post a picture of the item, give a little history (if I know it) and why it’s no longer needed. Jessica is currently weeding out clothing she no longer wears. While some clothing will find a new home, most of my clothing has been narrowed down to those items I like and wear, other items, though, are just taking up space.

Looking forward to both decluttering and clearing both my home and my mind, and blogging on a regular basis.  Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and see what the first item to leave will be.

Do you have a room, closet, or drawer that needs to be decluttered?

Do you declutter on a regular basis?

What’s your best method for decluttering, whole rooms at one time, or a little at a time?

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Learning From Other Bloggers and a Short Story Review

One advantage of doing a blogging challenge is the opportunity to meet other people and visit with them via their blogs. Another advantage is the easy learning. Just the other day while cruising around blog-land, reading blogs that are part of the Ultimate blog challenge, I learned about the “Deal Me In” short story reading challenge. Since:

1). I love to read and

2). I haven’t read enough in recent months, I thought, why not?

 

Vidya Tiru, also known as Lady in Red, at My R and R Space, shared the reading challenge on her blog. Since I’m just now learning about the challenge (where have I been?) I don’t know if I can officially be part of the challenge or not, but I can follow their guidelines for my own challenge if necessary.

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The idea is to make a list of 52 books, then assign each one a playing card value. Each week draw a card and read the corresponding story. Sounds easy enough. With any luck my list of stories is here. Concentrating long enough to read one short story shouldn’t be too hard.

At first I wasn’t going to take the time to assign a card to each story. However, at the last minute I did because it will make the reading order truly random. Except for the first story.

This story was already on my Kindle, and I hadn’t assigned cards to the stories yet, so I guess you could call this one a wild card or bonus. As part of the challenge we can write a review on our blog or not, the choice is ours. Very casual and easy going, this challenge. I have opted to do reviews, because authors not only like reviews, they need them.

Although, with short stories, the review will be short and sweet because I don’t want to give anything away. The goal is to post the reviews here every Saturday. We’ll see how long this lasts.

AMORE by Jennifer McMurrain

As the name suggests, this is a love story, a slice of life love story.  It’s easy to forget this is just a fictional story with the emotional pull and vivid descriptions. Jennifer McMurrain did a wonderful job of sharing a heartfelt story of love.

Jennifer is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. which is where I met her. She’s a prolific writer living in north east Oklahoma with her husband, daughter and a couple of fur babies. More of Jennifer’s writing can be found on her author page. Linking up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

Do you read for pleasure often?

Do you prefer short stories or articles or books?

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction? Share your thoughts in the comments.  

 

 

 

                                

One Picture – Final Post for Ten Day You Challenge

 

 

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Day 10, I made it to the end of the 10 Day About “You” Challenge. This last suggestion is to post one picture of myself. EyeeeYiiiYiii.

This is the hardest prompt so far. I hate having my picture taken, and I wanted a picture that showed my playful side. I’ve already posted the picture of me having my hair restyled by my youngest cousin here. No point in reposting that.

There’s the before and after pictures of my haircut, but that’s actually four pictures. So, do I let my rebel out and post those? Then there’s the picture of me on a mini-bike.

My daughter-in-law’s sister took pictures for me for me to use online and for publicity. One of them is my profile picture, she’s a very good photographer. I wanted a picture on a motorcycle, because this year or next year I’m getting one. Except, no one had a motorcycle.

My grandson did have this mini bike that didn’t run. It sort of shows the fun side of me. It definitely shows the fat side of me. Big breath. Here it is:

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Linking up with The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thanks, to Shalini Baisiwala for inspiring me on her blog, Shalzmojo.

Six Festivals to Visit

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Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.

I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.

 How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right?  At least it’s held someplace.

Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.

Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.

Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.

APRIL

Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.

However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.

I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.

MAY

The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town.  Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.

The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.

There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.

Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.

June

In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.

I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.

Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.

Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.

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Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.

July

In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.

Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.

According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.

August

Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.

I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.

September

Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.

Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.

Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.

Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.

There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.

 

What attraction does your state or town have that you haven’t visited?

Would you rather visit something semi-local or travel a long distance for a trip?

What is something local you would take a visitor to see?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.