July 18, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday


Last week's challenge was to rid your life of something.  I had my first garage sale ever.  I pulled out all those decor items that I'd kept, thinking I'd use them sometime.  It felt so good to clear out the basement and the sale went really well.  We cleared most of the stuff out in an hour.  Yahoo!  


This week's challenge is to refrain from speaking negative words.  I've been struggling with Rex a little lately.  He's been really down on everything.  "This is boring.  This is the worst day ever!  When are we going to do something fun?  No one is playing with me."  It's probably magnified a bit by the summertime, but it makes me want to make sure that I'm really positive so that I can be a good example for him.  I'm trying to double check myself.

So, did anyone rid themselves of something this past week?  I would love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.

17 comments:

  1. We've been trying to get rid of the giant firetruck toddler bed that has been sitting in my son's room, unused (except as an occasional trampoline) for the past two years since he outgrew it. I called several friends with young boys to see if we could give it away, then put it on Craigslist with no luck. We finally got one of my Facebook friends offer to take it for her son. They are trying to borrow a truck to pick it up tonight, fingers crossed!

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  2. I am on a purge for life. I think it's a good idea because it shows me what I don't need or have too much of. I've been doing a really good job with clothes, one in, one out kinda thing. I remember a long time ago you spotlighted a blog, "you are what you keep" and I never forgot that saying. And for being positive, have you seen this on pinterest, THINK (http://www.swtblessings.com/2011/08/before-you-speak-think.html). Lots of things I'm tempted to say, are true, but not kind so that helps me keep the trap shut. P.S. Where is Mommy school, I miss it. I'm gonna email you a game we played last nite.

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  3. I have clothes sitting in a box by the door that I need to drive to the donation bin. I am hoping that this weekend will be the time I can donate them. I am all for clearing out the clutter that I have accumulated over the years!

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  4. I grew up with a packrat mother, so I have this aversion to excess stuff. We certainly don't live a spartan lifestyle at all, but we don't have a garage full of boxes from three moves ago we never opened *cough cough MOM* We donate to Goodwill at least a couple times a year, and are pretty strict about selling things when we don't use them anymore.

    We're expecting our second child, so we're working on room rearranging. We had a garage sale over the weekend and cleared out some furniture and decor that we need out of our lives. We even got enough cash to add a flat panel TV down there!

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  5. I have been avoiding tackling my spare room which before a week ago was a nightmare. We utilized a tiny corner of the room and the rest was practically used for storage. Long story short we got rid of a ton of junk we never use. Put a few things up in the attic. Took down the guest bed in there because we never have guests. Donated a large entertainment center that was sitting unused and now I have all this lovely space for an office/craft room. It has been wonderful and has me kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I can't wait to start on the next room and really cleanse ourselves of the unnecessary in our home. Thank you so much for this challenge it has made a big difference in our home!

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  6. Thanks for the positive attitude challenge. I grew up with a negative nelly sister, and it has been so hard to be around her. We were pregnant at the same time, and all she said was bad things about it. Now don't get me wrong, I don't enjoy pregnancy, but I love my kids. But I couldn't complain about anything pregnant related. I realized how hard it was to be around someone who is so negative about everything! Thanks for the reminder to work on my attitude!

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  7. I went through some scrapbook paper my mom had at her house and gave to me. I got rid of everything I won't use. I also threw away a whole bunch of boxes that have been lying around that I don't need!

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  8. The negative comment blog struck a chord. In a similar vein, I read somewhere that ANTS means AUTOMATIC NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, especially the ones we have about ourselves. I now have little stickers of ants around the house. My daughter hates them because she thinks they are real. They are a reminder to me to stamp out the ANTS and replace with positive thoughts.

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  9. We just found a great entertainment center at DI for only 50 dollars, so we went home and carted our old center into the car to donate to DI and make the switch. As it turns out, when my husband got the old one to the donation site, it had literally fallen apart! He felt so bad giving them junk, but the employee there assured him that they'd fix it up and could still use it. I guess we didn't really get rid of anything, because we replaced it with something newer, but it felt good to give it away! Now I'm eying the other junk in the garage with a mind to haul a bunch of it away this weekend (hopefully :)). Thanks for the challenge.

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  10. My mum had a blanket ban on the word "bored" or "boring". It was simply referred to as the b-word, in our house. She said that nothing in the world is ever boring there are only boring people, so if something is "boring" what are you doing wrong? Even if our friends came over and said they were bored they heard the same thing. If we actually slipped and said the b-word we were handed the toilet brush and told to get busy cleaning the bathroom because if we were really that bored then Mum would find us something to keep us busy. Fear of the toilet brush kept the b-word at bay. And I also think it made me very creative, because if I didn't like an assignment at school I would think "How can I make this more interesting". Let's just say I did some pretty wacky school projects but the teachers always went along with them. I think they got "b-word" sometimes too. The other word that got banned was "can't". Mum actually had a funeral for "can't" one day when I was 17. Complete with cardboard gravestone and euology. I think it went something along the lines of "We are here to mark the death of our friend I can't who is survived by his sisters and brother, I can, I will and I'll do it right away..." You get the picture. If I said "I can't", Mum would say "Don't speak of the dead". Yup. No negativity in our house. I hope that works for you in yours.

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    1. I love your mother! Her know-hows are super! And the funeral is the best idea))))))) I want to make a funerals for "can't", "fears" and "sloth"!
      Aljonushka from faraway Belarus

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  11. Ha, ha, Colleen, we called "bored" the "b-word" at our house too, and I'm slightly mortified to admit I was actually in high school before I realized that when most people were talking about the b-word, it isn't that one.:) Friend: "Mrs. Barton is such a B" Me:"I know, she totally puts me to sleep." Smooth, right? I was super cool in high school.:)Anyway, I took this challenge in a kind of different direction than everyone else, I guess. I am a super busy single mom of two special needs kids working and going to school full time, plust I am in charge of the youth at my church and on several committees and evidentally the go-to person when you are tired of your kids and want to get rid of them for a few hours. That on top of trying to have a personal life, and do the things I want to do, I was feeling totally weighed down. So I took inventory and decided that it doesn't make me a bad person to say no to a few things. So I dejunked my schedule and rid myself of all the stuff that can wait for a year until I'm done with school. I feel lighter already!

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  12. This week I rid myself of my cell phone. I find it has diminished my quality of life. I feel interrupted constantly and feel like I don't have time to chat anymore with 2 kids and 2 jobs. I still have it, but turn it off all day, save for time when I am alone or NEED to use it. I changed my message to indicate that email is best, and to NOT leave a message as I am in the "present" moment focusing on my kiddos. I made an announcement to all on Facebook and received some negative feedback that I was using my kids as an excuse to be an irresponsible communicator. I stood my ground, and have never felt happier! Too many are not "there" because they are attached to their device. How liberating to be FREE!!!!!

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  13. This was my FB Status update announcement, which MOST people agreed with and were inspired to do the same on some level:

    Hi all. If you need me you can always find me here on FB or email. I just changed my cell phone message to indicate that...I will not be answering my cell phone during the day. At all. I do not want to apologize for it but feel like I have to. Life is just very busy and it is harder than ever for me to balance the many things going on. Inevitably, when I am doing something really well whether it is maintaining the home or being a good mom the other aspects of my life are suffering, such as keeping up with friends or staying ahead on my photo work. Today and the days ahead I am concentrating on enjoying the most important things: the people in front of my face rather than a voice attached to a device. It's not that I do not want to be in touch. I do. BUT, I rarely have the phone on, or on me. A great way to sum up my life right now is one step forward and 3 steps back all day long. My phone interrupts me when I am reading/playing with my children, driving, during meals, clean up, resting, working, etc. Often I ignore it but my immediate instinct is that I "need" to get it. If I do answer it, my children do not see me focused on them. And I hate that. Someone always gets hurt or upset when I am distracted. To be honest, I think the cell phone has decreased my quality of life. One of my least favorite moments of my day are seeing dozens of messages waiting at the end of the day and feeling like I can't keep up. The absolute LEAST favorite moments of my day are when I finally get that moment to return a call and I get a guilt trip about my lack of cell phone presence. I will not explain myself anymore nor will I need to rationalize not picking up the phone during the middle of a story or meal. I'm done. SO..it is with love that I say goodbye to my cell phone at this time in my life. I'll have it for emergencies or the rare moment I find myself alone and really really bored.

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  14. I cleaned out all of our closets last week and donated/threw away 8 trash bags full of stuff! I listed the more valuable items on craigslist and ebay and so far have made $100 off of the day's work. It feels so good to get rid of things that it has become addicting.

    My husband and I started talking about what else we could do without and settled on cancelling our cable. There's nothing good on TV anymore and with work and school, both full time, I rarely watch anything. When we do, there's so much content on Netflix ($8/mo) and Amazon (I'm am Amazon Prime member for $40/yr because I'm a student) that we rarely watched regular TV. Now we are saving $100 a month!

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  15. I finally tackled my closet. I'm a bit of a clothing and shoe junkie and always seem to find new pieces that I can't live without...but I also can't seem to ever find something I already own that I can get rid of. Inspired by your WUW I cleaned out my closet (okay...closets - its bad!) and I'm slightly embarassed to say that I wrangled up more than two car fulls to take and donate. And while parting with a few things was tough it feels SO GOOD to not have so much excess around. And since I took photos of everything it will make me happy again come tax time :) Thanks for sharing your life with us thru your blog!

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  16. I finally tackled my closet. I'm a bit of a clothing and shoe junkie and always seem to find new pieces that I can't live without...but I also can't seem to ever find something I already own that I can get rid of. Inspired by your WUW I cleaned out my closet (okay...closets - its bad!) and I'm slightly embarassed to say that I wrangled up more than two car fulls to take and donate. And while parting with a few things was tough it feels SO GOOD to not have so much excess around. And since I took photos of everything it will make me happy again come tax time :) Thanks for sharing your life with us thru your blog!

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