July 10, 2010

Soapbox Saturday - clearing out the clutter

Sometimes when you guys leave comments and I have a little extra time I check out your blogs, too.  Sometimes I comment and sometimes I'm kind of busy so I don't.  Well, I came across something this week that I really loved and I wanted to share it with you.  It's a site called You Are What You Keep where Tabitha is ridding her life of 2010 items this year.  Isn't that cool?  You can track her progress.  Some things are being sold, some donated, some thrown out. 

I think the idea is so empowering.  Simplifying.  Ahhhh!  It made me think about different things I have in the basement....decorations that I don't use but convince myself I'll use someday, boxes full of who knows what, things I've kept for memory's sake but never ever even look at.  You know what I mean?  And really, who wants to be that loony who is on Oprah because no one can physically walk through her house with all she's stored up?  (It kind of reminds me of that part in Cinderella where the cute, cubby mouse named Guss-Guss tries to carry all that cheese, but he keeps dropping it, but he won't let it go even though the cats coming.  Finally he loses it all while running for his life.)

So, I think Tabitha's idea is gold.  It's really a win-win.  Donate it?  Someone else gets to benefit from it.  Sell it?  Who couldn't use a little extra cash these days?  Trash?  If it's not useable why let it fill your home?

While I can't say I'm going to purge 2010 items, I am going to go through my basement today and simplify.  What about you?  Are you a pack-rat?  How do you keep things in control in your home?  I'd love to hear your take on things.

And thanks Tabitha, for "not minding visits."  I think some people will be checking out your blog today.  You rock!

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