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I wish our area had donation bins like that, Susan. That's great! It would help me get rid of some of the books I no longer want, but I can't seem to part with because they're in rough shape and I doubt anyone else will use them either. That's really cool!

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In my town, there are a couple of bins to donate books. Books that they can't make a profit from, they recycle. I feel good donating there because someone is getting the benefit. Also if I have a book that I mark up with a lot of writing, when I donate them there I figure it's better than it going to the dump.

I have a Kindle and I love it, but there are some books that I can buy a used copy (on Amazon) cheaper than buying the Kindle version of it. My rule is #1 -- Is it available at my library? If yes, then borrow it. If not, #2 -- Which is cheaper -- the Kindle version or a used copy? If the used copy is cheaper, then I buy it that way.

But if something is at my library, unless it's something I want to write in, I try to borrow it rather than buy it.

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I was surprised when the consignment store said they were not taking any hard back books. I think it was cookbooks I took in. They later said they would as they found someone willing to take books that did not sell. Many people just do not read anymore!

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I could go on and on about all the wasted books-even if they were 'pulping' them-as in recycling...but it's too expensive and they have to be shipped out and no one wants to pay so off to the dump they go. Kind of like all the bookstores that have closed. More and more people get their books online (buy from website) and more and more read only from their e-readers. I guess it's kind of like the video rental stores...too many using netflix now so they just go out of business.

I still love the heft and smell of a book. Just talking to a friend who gave me a Kindle a few years back - which I have never used but once! She said she just gets books to carry with her instead because she never really like the Kindle and read that they are not good for people who read for long periods of time (that would be US) and especially not good for reading in bed at night because of the disruptive blue light thing. I have 2 other friends who use theirs on a daily basis but also have huge collections of real books too!

It's getting harder and harder to find thrift stores that will even take books...and none want the textbooks, encyclopedia collection kind, some won't take paperbacks. I see the trend heading towards only being able to get them online. But if it brings the price down and there are sites that do buy them back or you can sell them. I just need to get involved in that and learn how to do it and use it!

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The thought of books going to the dump saddens me. I know many people don't read from books & more don't read at all but still, I love to read. Magazines, books, spark... Glad you are feeling better.

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Got back into the thick of it yesterday. Think I just needed some sleep and to get feeling better. Will devote a couple of hours each day this week to getting rid of more books and clothes. Then leave on Saturday. Books I am not taking to OR can go to the local library for their Festival Days book sale which begins on Thursday. Much as I use this library I hate that they just take all the books left over on Sunday to the dump so don't donate as much as I used to...and definitely will not be buying any books there this year!

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Linda, you HAVE made progress this year! It's hard sometimes to see our own improvement, but if you step back and reread your posts from this year, I think you'll see that you have made headway. I was just telling myself this morning, If I could just do a little bit each day, it would be better than nothing.

Many people say to keep your eye on the prize, and for the most part that's true. But if I look up from my work, it's hard to see what all I've done. I suppose that's because I have far to go. It's discouraging to me to look up and see what all I need to do to get the place to an acceptable point.

Would it help if you concentrated your work on areas of the house? If you could see a decluttered room and things put away, it could be very motivating to go back there and see your effort. Kind of like FlyLady's clean kitchen sink.

Have you ever gone to messies.com ? The Organizer Lady (Sandra Felton) offers many tips and ideas and also has a daily email she sends out with encouragement and tips. I haven't been to this website for a long time, and it looks like it might be a dangerous site to visit -- might have viruses or something, because I'm getting lots of pop-ups saying I won something and all of that. But now that I'm on her page, I'll just copy/paste her ideas so no one has to go visit the site. I'll post it in a separate thread.

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I feel like I have made progress so far this year but there are some times when it really seems overwhelming to me. And right now is one of them. I am just stuck! I know I will get my mojo back but I need it NOW!!

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I have been going thru the stacks of mags and tearing out the recipes or articles I wanted to save. Makes the stack much less. Hauled 6 bags of old mags to recycling this a.m. Now will have to get busy on my yard for the rest of the day. I have plants that need to get in pots or the ground or they will be dead! I bought too many again.

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Karen... I have held on to magazines that are more than 10 years old. Finally, got rid of some but have plenty more to read. i am not consistent either but like the pounds slowly going away.

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I know that feeling. I have a very hard time staying motivated and consistent. It's almost like an all or nothing mentality with me. I hope you check out the book I am sharing on the team site!

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5/27/16 5:58 A

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I am still struggling with consistency. I was proud of myself for going through and getting rid of most of a box of magazines and newspapers (that I thought I would read at one time), mostly from 2006, on Wednesday. It didn't take me that long to do, and I didn't struggle much with thinking about keeping them. However, it was the first time I really did any decluttering of the many boxes of stuff we have since the last time I mentioned it here.

I have gotten way behind on the Year to Clear lessons as well. I keep wondering why it's so hard for me to make this a daily habit rather than a
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Headed out today so hopefully I can do better than I did last week!

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I am failing miserably in my efforts to stop buying. I got stuff at the Salvation Army today...books that I need like a hole in the head and then 4 bags of stuff at the Methodist Church rummage sale. Mostly Christmas decorations and Star Trek stuff to give as Christmas gifts but still...I can't help myself. I should have just had my mom go alone to avoid the temptation.

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Spent 3 hours in 80 degree heat shampooing my mom's living room, hallway and kitchen carpet last night. I didn't want to do it. I had projects of my own, in my own house...but my dog had diarrhea in her hallway yesterday afternoon while he was over there and I was at work. So I figured I'd bite the bullet and haul the shampooer up the stairs. Looks great this morning and the house smells really good. That carpet was filthy. I hate carpet. My floors are all hardwood because I don't like the idea of what is lurking under that carpet.

Plus, Mom got her toilet and tub cleaned 'for free' since I had to scour them out after dumping all that gross water! Now to spend some time at my house!!

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Here's a new post from the blog!

"Consistency Means Daily
February 4, 2016 By Stephanie Bennett Vogt

“Remember, consistency, not quantity, is the key to freedom and lasting change.”–Your Spacious Self

When it comes to clearing anything that is holding us back, we need to be consistent. In my world, consistency means daily. Not just on weekends, or when we feel like it.

Even if all you do is move is one toothpick from one corner of the table to another, or fold laundry for one minute a day, when you bring intention and compassionate awareness to the task, this one little effort will morph into other clearing practices that, over time, can create a sea change in your life. One simple task, one minute, once a day. That’s it.

Recently I came across an article by Anne Kushman with some excellent tips on how to create and maintain a daily practice that lasts. Maybe it’s putting away the clean dishes, or deleting emails from your inbox that are driving you insane, or going through old boxes of photos to digitize… choose one task or personal challenge that you’d like to work on, or get better at, and apply these steps:

1. Set Your Intention
Get very clear about what you want to commit to—and even more important, why.
Why is it important to you that you sustain a meditation practice—or do tai chi, or paint wildflowers? What part of you does it nourish? Write down your reasons. The more specific you are, the more likely you will be to do it. It’s not just “I want to meditate more.” It’s “I commit to meditating for ten minutes before I wake up the kids for school because it keeps me calm, grounded, and more present for my family.” To make your intention even stronger, share it with someone close to you. However, be careful about talking about it too widely—that can dissipate the energy.

2. Establish a Cue
This is what reminds you to start your practice. The most simple and reliable cue is a specific time. For instance, you decide you will meditate every evening from 9 to 9:30 p.m.

It can also be a floating cue: you will do half an hour of yoga right after you finish work, whenever that happens to be. Or you will take ten mindful breaths whenever you are about to launch your email program. To ensure that your good intentions don’t get overrun by other plans, carve out the time in advance. Write it into your calendar and don’t schedule anything else during that period. Be sure to build in time for any preparations or cleanup that are necessary.

Remember, start modestly. Meditating for ten minutes every day for a year is more beneficial than meditating an hour a day for three days, then burning out. Again, it can help to let the people close to you know what you are doing, especially if you live together. That way they can support you in your commitment.

3. Round Up Your Supplies
Make sure you have everything you need for your practice in a place where you can find it easily. That way you don’t have to waste your precious time hunting them down. Maintain a meditation nook with an inviting cushion, a small altar, and a supply of incense and matches. If you want to write down your dreams every morning, place a notebook and pen on your bedside table.

4. Do Your Practice
So you don’t spend your dedicated practice time spacing out or trying to figure out where to get started, it helps to have a plan in place, especially at first. Know what meditation method you intend to practice—for example, breath meditation or loving-kindness practice—and stick with one method for at least a week before switching. (If you’re planning on using a guided meditation, download or bookmark the instructions in advance, so you don’t eat up your meditation time surfing the web.)

If you’re doing yoga, outline a standard routine you can fall back on, knowing that if you get inspired, you can always change it once you get going. If you’re doing writing practice, put some prompts in your journal to get you started.

5. Reward Yourself
Yes, theoretically the practice is its own reward. But especially when you’re establishing a new pattern, it helps to have an external reward as well. After your dawn meditation, make yourself a cup of green tea and sip it slowly while watching the sun come up. After your evening yoga, watch a silly movie with your kids. After you draw in your art journal, put a gold star sticker on your calendar. Our brains love this kind of positive reinforcement.

6. Track your progress
Keeping a record of what you have and haven’t done increases your sense of accountability. Make this part fun! You can go the old-fashioned route by checking off boxes on a calendar. Or you can use one of the many new habit-tracking apps that are available.

Remember, this is about celebrating your accomplishments, not beating yourself up when you miss a day. Through daily small changes of routine, your whole life can shift over time to a new trajectory. Just remember to enjoy the journey.

By Anne Kushman, “How to Establish a Daily Practice of Almost Anything, in Six Steps,” Lion’s Roar"

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3/24/16 2:43 P

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Still haven't picked up the book. Been a rough week and I'm not sure why. Motivation just gone. Piles still here though.

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Signed up for the videos. They were free and 4 of them. Had wonderful information but I could only listen and it wouldn't 'play' the picture. Still, great information.

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3/15/16 2:20 A

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More from the website!

“Some of us fear that letting go of the sweet reminders of our past will erase and nullify the good memories forever. It’s things like the tattered quilt that reminds you of summers on Lake Champlain; the kids’ art projects; the blurry and faded snapshots of people and places you don’t even recognize. Perhaps knowing that good memories – as energy – can never be lost or erased (and “bad” memories can be a constant drain) might make it easier to keep what makes your heart sing and release what does not.”–Chapter 5, “Mental Clutter,” Your Spacious Self

And the longer part to the answer that most clearing approaches do not address is that sometimes it takes as long as it takes to let some things go.

No amount of coaxing or analyzing is going to move something any faster out that door if the mind is spinning a memory from the past, feels duty-bound to save “just in case”, or is in caught in fight or flight survival mode.

The only way to unhinge a mind that is in lock-down is to adopt a gentle approach that involves clearing things that are doable and won’t activate the fight or flight response."

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Got this off the Year to Clear website and felt like it was a great thing to share!

“… We have to let go of our stuff. But we don’t, or at least we don’t want to. This is a serious spiritual issue, this clinging. We may be able to give up lovers, Facebook friends . . . even our waistlines, but do not, do not, ask us to give up the three photographs taken of us in 1996 when we looked like Kate Moss on a good day. The trouble is, these things we surround ourselves with can start to drive everything else in our lives. Our technology requires updates. Our works of art demand insurance policies. We need new shelves to hold our growing collection of vegan cookbooks—who knew there were so many good ones out there?

Added up, objects become clutter. Clutter becomes noise. And noise—in all of its forms—blocks spiritual growth, starting with an inability to simply feel happy. Happiness needs quiet. If we watch, we’ll feel its presence when we are meditating, watching the sun set, or maybe rocking the almost sleeping baby. The more noise, the harder it is for happiness to show her face…

… It’s just stuff. The happiest person I have ever known was an elderly monk living up in the mountains of Korea. Everything he owned was in his room: robes, a tea set, a futon, a hat, tea, his sandals. Not only was he deliriously happy, giving off waves of giddy energy, but his room was incredibly beautiful in its simplicity. He allowed sunlight, and moonlight, to act as artists’ brushes, emphasizing one corner now, the tea set later, the sandals another time. We can do this letting go. We can start small, giving up one thing at a time. Maybe we can take a cup of coffee to the homeless man on the corner, leaving the coffee cup behind as a gift. Or we can put something in a grocery bag to drop off at a charity on our way to buy this week’s food. The trick is to simply start.”

–Excerpted from “Close to the Ground: Just Stuff” by Geri Larkin, Spirituality & Health Magazine.

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3/13/16 1:36 P

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I clean up my kitchen /sink more than any spot in my home. It's important to me too, (to keep it decent as possible).- Although I am guilty of letting it go but not more than a day. De-cluttering something each day is always my goal. I hope we all can keep it going at least 10 minutes a day!!
I miss Lynn too and pray she is healing .....

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I signed up for Flylady at the same time I did Spark People. I really liked much of her stuff but there were way too many e-mails just trying to sell me something. Plus I could never get the first part done where you are supposed to get all dolled up and put on your shoes to start cleaning house. I do get the part about the sparkly sink and that is about one of the only areas where I really don't slack off. My kitchen is in good shape because it's so important to me.

I joined the flylady team even, but I am much more of a hoarder than those people so felt like this team, and Lynn, in particular would be more my speed. I sure miss her and hope she is doing well! And I think the little weekly missions from 365 Days are mostly about 10 minutes each.

emoticon Biggest part of MY problem is that I would rather read all about it than actually get busy decluttering! But I am chipping away at it and happy to have a place I feel more comfortable about being accountable! Just brought my spark page back online this week. I took it offline because I was spending too much time online on SP and not enough exercising and decluttering but have decided I NEED some of that support to keep going!

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Montanawalker, I haven't read all the responses, but I'm going to tell you that many people follow FlyLady and she advocates 15 minutes at a time, with a short rest period in between for tea and some peace, and then go at it again. She says to only do 4 of these a day and you'll see progress without burning out.

it must work, many people have seem HUGE progress doing her program.

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Finally got the Valentine stuff put away today. Just in time to get out the Easter stuff and get ready to send the St Paddy's Day cards. Also decided to bring my SP page back online. Even though I feel like I spend too much time doing it, I feel like I get a lot of love and confidence out of it too!

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I think slowing down is one of the keys. It didn't happen overnight so just going through and throwing it all will not solve the basic problem. I think in going slowly I am gaining insight into why I have kept some of the things...and it's not for the reasons I thought at the beginning. Time to choose what to let go of and why.

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Hi everyone!

I've finished through Lesson 49 of the Year to Clear course, which still puts me a little over 3 weeks behind, but I think I'm doing pretty well. In Lesson 48, Stephanie (the instructor) points out once again that the course is not a "how-to" for decluttering, but more of a course practicing how to "not do" things so that we can change our thinking patterns (which she refers to as emotional stuckness and resisting patterns that are encoded in the clutter).

That said, two of the recent lessons I did were quite illuminating:

In Lesson 46, titled "Small Steps - Clearing List", we were to make a list of things or issues we'd like to release and then rate each of them on a scale of 1 to 10 for how overwhelming the list item feels. At first I felt overwhelmed at just making a list (!), then I made a list of 9 things (to start with), feeling that most of them were on the high end of feeling overwhelming - things like paper clutter, boxes of stuff, and guilt were on the list.

In Lesson 47, titled "The Rule of One", we were to pick one thing from the list and then create a sublist of smaller, doable, one-minute tasks. From the sublist of tasks, we're encouraged to choose 1 task to address for 1 minute each day, and notice how we feel before, during, and after doing the task. I think this idea of breaking down bigger goals into one-minute baby steps is something I will try to do as I'm doing my clearing this year. If I end up doing more than 1 minute of clearing, then great, but if not, I should be able to feel good about doing just 1 minute of clearing if that is all I can bring myself to do. This is definitely smaller baby steps than I'm used to thinking about, though.

Stephanie is advocating slowing down to soften resistance to clearing. This may be key for me because I find myself often resisting even getting started on decluttering/clearing. I just don't want to do it most of the time. But if I tell myself I just have to do one little one-minute thing, then I will hopefully be more likely to get started.

What do you all think?

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Almost done putting away my Valentine stuff! Have forced myself not to get out the St Paddy's or Easter/Spring cards and decorations until the Valentine bin is closed up for the year. YES!! It's down to only one bin of things I really love. The local thrift store was so delighted to get the stuff in time to sell it and said they really appreciated it. Hopefully can have some St Paddy's and Spring stuff and cards ready to take to them on Monday. Dropped off 2 boxes of books and sent 3 big garbage bags of clothes with a friend of mine to the next biggest towns thrift store early this a.m. so feel like it's been a great day so far!

I think I should be able to get all my holiday stuff decluttered by the end of the year. Hopefully before then, but the end of the year is my goal. Halloween and Christmas have the most boxes and will be the hardest for me to sort and let go of. I decided that one plastic tub is plenty and it's great to choose only the things I really truly love to represent the holiday. Lots of things I bought at the after-that-holiday sale, up to 90% off, so even if I didn't love it, I had to put it into my cart. Then when the next year came, I either didn't get it out, or decided I didn't really like it, but didn't get rid of it either.

I have A LONG WAY TO GO....but I do feel like the baby steps are making progress.

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Having a dream... Courage. emoticon

Visualizing your dream... Persistence. emoticon

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Letting go of the "cursed hows"... Wisdom. emoticon

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I chuckled through the first part of your note! I have a really hard time doing reading on a daily basis. I am a voracious reader so usually read several lessons at one time. I just can't seem to stop at one. I did a book of 100 Days and it was a real struggle. Maybe we should set up a thread and get anyone who wants to join to sign up and hopefully comment on a daily basis like we did for that book. It did help me to stay current plus the team members each took 7 days and wrote the synopsis for the day and then the other team members commented plus we encouraged each other on our spark pages. Certainly something to think about. Maybe I'll send a team letter and see what kind of response we get???

I have been really good about setting my timer for 10 minutes and usually work for at least 30. I swore I would get all my Valentine stuff put back in the bin before sleep last night but it did not happen. I have a couple of friends that I did not get stuff sent to or delivered to so I set aside some. I am almost done though. Quit at 3 a.m. and will try to finish it up today. I am so pleased with how the whole project and process went. Also start with St. Paddy's Day and Easter cards and decorations too so just finish up one and move on to the other?? But progress is happening and visible so I am thrilled.

I am working on saying "NO" more often to requests for help or filling volunteer shifts, etc. Not doing as well as I could, but have decided that I really haven't moved on in some areas of my life because of the clutter so it has to be the priority and guess what???? they all survive and someone else can fill in for those jobs.

I live in a duplex and my mom is right next door. I spend too much time at her house doing cleaning for her, resenting it when she chides me for not getting my own done, hate it that when she wants something done, she seems to think it's more important for me to help her than to do my own projects.

It's tough for me right now because she has some serious, as yet undiagnosed, health problems...very low heart beat and low oxygen levels. But I am doing better by staying at my own house and just working on my own projects, being right next door if she needs me instead of hovering...although the computer is set up at her house so that is where I come to get online. I bought a big flat screen TV several months ago and it is still in the box. I bought a computer and it is also still in the box. I decided to buy because the price was right but told myself I would use them as a reward for decluttering the space. So until the spaces are decluttered I am leaving the stuff in boxes. May have to rethink that. I thought it would help motivate me to get those spaces cleared but so far, it hasn't worked.

I guess I got off topic but wanted to respond and let you know that I am working on it, like in AA, "One Day At A Time" and still do not have the book and no credit card to sign up for the online program...and with having to read it online at my mom's, not likely to happen. But I keep thinking of "A Year to Clear" and it seems doable. People who don't understand say, "Wow! You should be able to have company in about a month?" Trust me. I am much more realistic about the time frame now than in the past. While I would love to host an Easter Dinner at my house, I know that is just unrealistic for me. A year seems like a much more attainable goal. And when that timer goes off, I usually can put in more time. I am trying to just stay focused on one task and not hop around. That seems to make a difference for me.

I also don't count the laundry and the dishes as clearing since I do that all the time and it's not my problem. As long as I can keep hauling stuff out and not bringing in new stuff, I will be fine!! We can do this!
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Hi everyone! I'm so glad to see everyone still discussing this!

I'm sorry I haven't updated you with my progress in a while. I have been struggling with consistency, as in reading the lesson every day and doing some "clearing" (what Stephanie calls what she encourages us to practice, rather than just decluttering). I got about 2-3 weeks behind on the lessons, but they are short enough that I can read and reflect on 2-4 of them in 15 - 20 minutes pretty easily. She really emphasizes feeling all the feels and being aware of both our feelings and what we are doing (which I interpret as being intentional and mindful). She actually encourages doing 1 minute of clearing each day, which could be tossing or donating some thing(s) or simply moving thing(s) from one place to another.

Today is day 50 of 2016, so there have been 50 lessons made available in the course, but I am only on lesson 37. She has a theme for each 7 days ("week") of lessons, which since I am doing multiple lessons a day isn't lasting a week for me right now. I just started the lessons in the "week" with the theme "Watching the Weather". She uses the term "weather" to describe any physical sensation, limiting belief, or emotional attachment that clouds who you are. So "weather" might be sweaty palms, shallow breathing, worrying that you made a mistake, worrying that some will not care for something you gave away, the memory of having something taken away from you as a child, or grieving loss. She emphasizes that the following are *not* weather: acceptance, trusting that there is more where that came from, and witnessing the weather.

So for me, I can't be sure what the exact effect of reading and reflecting on the lessons is having on me, but I have noticed that I have recently been more willing to get rid of stuff and less willing to bring more stuff in. I have a *huge* problem with boxes, bags, and stacks of paper (like mail, magazines, kids' school papers, and receipts) from the last 20 years. This morning, I was looking for something in boxes in our room, and I found myself absolutely loathing all the papers in several of the boxes. Now, I did not take the time to get rid of those papers today, primarily because, like others have mentioned, I always feel like I have to go through all the papers rather than just throwing out the box wholesale. But I think that when I do eventually go through those boxes, I will be less inclined to keep so many of those papers. I'll call that progress in my thinking.

Good luck to everyone in your own clearing journeys. I'll try not to wait so long before I check in again.

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Meant to tell you that the day AFTER I returned my doctoring (240 miles each way) the bookstore called to tell me my copy of 'Year to Clear' was in. Now will have to wait another month!

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Thank you to Karen for introducing this topic, and to everyone else who has replied with his or her thoughts and suggestions. It's always helpful to know that I'm not the only one in the world who struggles with this. When my life is less cluttered (!), I will think about ordering the book or participating in the course. In the meantime, I will check out the stuff that is freely available on-line.

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I have that slow going process too. I can't just put the bags in the give away box or the trash. I have to go through the stuff inside. The memories are so hard. I keep telling myself I will keep the good memories in my heart anyway without the stuff but some things I just can't part with. Even though I know they are 'only things' some of them are only treasures to me!

I also have a huge problem wasting time trying to figure out where to start. I know that anywhere I start is better than just looking at it and trying to wish it away. So I just set the timer for 10 minutes and start!!

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Yes , really doing the work is a big part of it. Also there is a fear that everything will get misplaced or I will regret later what I get rid of.-these things that slow me down. It reallyshould be as simple as -just get rid of and clean everything up. But there is so much to process.looking through bags and also reminiscing...it goes slow. I also get hung up on where to start and the order i should be doing things. But one way or the other I will get it de-cluttered. I have to. Life is going by and I have to change things. Starting with my 'stuff'I dont need anymore. I understand I am going through an emotional letting go of - process ...that helps...I wont quit!

PS sorry they didn't have the book. But keep on doing all the productive things you are getting done!

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Was disappointed that the book wasn't at the bookstore but I will keep plugging along without it. I know exactly what you mean. I want it, just don't want to do the work to have it. But I am going to go give it a shot!

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I will try to turn in to the podcast. -Sounds very interesting. In the meantime , struggling as usual to motivate myself to keep going. I can see that there are more issues than just getting rid of stuff, It seems that there is a strong side of me that just doesn't want to do it. Even though I envision the clean new organized life, the old comfortable life wants to stay. I think it has to do with very slowly changing habits (one to another better one)so it goes slow...But I wont give up.

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Copied this from an e-mail. Hope any of you who are interested in this podcast can get in. I don't know how to do that...and frankly am such a luddite that I don't really want to know. Hoping my book has arrived and I can pick it up tonight when I get to the VA town!!

"If your home could speak, what would it tell you? What would it say it needs more of? Less of?

Find out as I take you on a guided (meditative) "tour of your home."

In this free, live webcast on Monday February 8th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT) you'll discover what your home has to say; which areas and possessions are more stuck than others; and what small, specific steps you can take to release stuck energy and bring about nourishing and lasting change in your home and life.

This event is part of a 5-day "Awareness Series" with world-class teachers designed to reduce overwhelm and regain your purpose, peace, and power.

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I'm there with you!! I am keeping up with the smaller tasks but still seem unable to find the will or motivation or whatever the word is...and more importantly, the action to haul out more stuff. To find a way to get it organized. To deal with all the excess. To be able to showcase what is truly valuable and close to my heart when there is so much that doesn't mean much to me surrounding it all. So I set the timer and off I go!

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Very good info. ! I am trying to psych myself into starting many NEEDED home projects that of course include decluttering/letting go of stuff. In the meantime I sit here not starting. So much to do. 10 minute rule is good/ helpful. I can do 10. But I used my 10 today to do cleaning -dishes and light stuff. Now resisting the urge to kick myself for being so unmotivated with everything else. I currently am staring at my super cluttered /chaotic office/dining room area. BUT where did the great vision for a clean house to invite others into go to? I guess its on hold while I learn to get things I need to done. I am NOT giving up. emoticon emoticon

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Another excerpt from the course online "Year to Clear"

" TOPICS COVERED

This 28-day program offers a one-minute oasis and toolkit designed to help you:

Dial it down, simplify, and quiet the mind.
Develop new clearing habits that lift your spirits, lighten your load, and last a lifetime.
Transform those mindless housekeeping tasks you do everyday (on auto-pilot) into nurturing, soul-filled experiences.
Connect with your home and your things in a sacred way.
Cultivate spacious detachment.
Feel supported and in the flow.
Realize at the deepest level the essence of who you really are and what you came here to be.

In these 28 days you will receive an opportunity to�

Start where you are.
Experience the nourishing power of putting away, rounding up, and clearing - with awareness.
Tune into resisting and persisting patterns.
Listen to four centering audio meditations that invite ease, acceptance, stillness, and deep rest.
Learn how to identify your "shoulds," set priorities, and say no gracefully.
Tame your email inbox.
Bless your home.
Feel good.
And much more!"



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Here is another excerpt from the first book. I am anxiously awaiting the answers.

"I notice that every time I create an experience for my students to try at home or blog about ways to cultivate a clear home and spacious life, I myself am affected by the elegant simplicity of the practices I’m writing and teaching about.

What I didn’t expect as I got deeper into my writing is that I would be responding to something more urgent: a distress call from people – women mostly – yearning to relieve the stress they feel; hungering to connect with something deeper and more meaningful.

Everywhere I go I see a longing for simplicity but a loss of where to begin; a desire for balance and nourishing self-care but no idea how to cultivate it. There is no time to juggle it all, let alone clear the things and thoughts that caused us to feel so overwhelmed in the first place! The chorus of un-ease that I’m hearing is a series of notes that sounds a lot like this:

I’m overwhelmed. I have no time. I can’t see straight or hear myself think.
I’m so envious of people who are able to get things done.
I have no idea what I love anymore.
Slow down? You’ve got to be kidding.
Where do I begin?"

Beginning for me has had to be with the 10 minute timer. Hoping that in her book I find some other kind of motivation because I will never get it cleared up if I can't find a way to make more happen than 10 minutes!


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Following your conversation thread (below), very interesting ....

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Have them on order and should be able to pick them up on Feb 3rd!

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Going to call B&N and see if they can order me both of those Stephanie Vogt books about clearing clutter. The website says that they are not in stock in the store in Great Falls or Helena. Figures!!

I like her attitude...it's more in depth than the 365 Days website, especially in the psychological reasons...which I have wanted to understand for a long, long time!

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Thanks so much for that link. I went there and wrote down the title and will try to find the book at the Barnes & Noble on my way to the VA. We don't have a bookstore in my small town. I also signed up for the e-mails so will be interesting to see what you get with those.

I always swear that I am not going to spend more time online because it cuts into my decluttering time and also my exercise time...but sometimes I just need to know that I am not the only one struggling with this.
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Here is another part of the original link/message about what you will learn in the course

" TOPICS COVERED

In these 365 days you will:

Cultivate the "5 Ss of Clearing": slow down, simplify, sense, surrender, self-care.
Learn to unplug, detach, disidentify, depersonalize, do less and be (a lot) more.
Learn to identify and bypass fight-or-flight triggers that keeep you stuck and unable to move forward.
Learn to read different energy signatures in a space; and experience how clearing just one thing or thought changes the energy in the space.
Cultivate extreme self-care.
Learn to set clear energetic boundaries with others; recognize what is "yours" and what is not.
Develop one-minute clearing habits that will work exponentially to nourish and support you in letting go.
Expand your awareness of who you are and realize at the deepest level what you came here to be."


All of it sounds great, especially the clearing habits to nourish and support you in letting go!


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Hi everyone! I'm glad to see that my discussion of the Year to Clear course has inspired some of you. I didn't read any of the daily lessons for the course since I posted on January 6 ... until today. I'm not sure why. Anyway, the lessons are super-short, so I caught up today.

The theme for the second week is "Awareness changes everything." The lessons for this week have been thinking exercises, primarily, encouraging being aware of how we feel, both mentally and physically, in the present moment, whatever we're doing.

I found out that Stephanie Bennett Vogt has a book called "A Year To Clear" based on the course I'm taking, but apparently with expanded lessons and more personal stories. So, MONTANAWALKER, if you can't sign up for her online class, maybe you want to look for her book. Here's a link with more about the book:
www.spaceclear.com/books/a-year-to-c
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I can tell already that this course is going to take patience. I think it's organized to treat clearing as a lifestyle change (or rather a thinking change) rather than a "decluttering program", kind of like how SparkPeople encourages small, gradual lifestyle changes rather than "dieting". I think this program segues well with my desire to get more active on SP as well -- I can read the lessons then go on SP and check in.

Now, I just have to actually be more consistent with reading the lessons and checking in on SP. I'm not sure I'll post here every day, but maybe 2-3 times a week.

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I hope (pray) that the doctor results are alright..that he/they just want to go over a couple of things in person...In the meantime buying things when were stressed is normal for us...I like that you brought books and turned in books to even it out. We will probably never lose our love for pretty Christmas decor (and other glittering happy items) but we CAN keep it in check. We all seem to be people that love to shop and adopt and keep things. And we will always probably be. BUT the key here is moderation. So do the best you can right now...and be PROUD of yourself for all you HAVE accomplished some victories -please dont discount any of your hard work...and just keep going. You're/we all are doing GREAT as long as we do any little (or big) thing to lessen our clutter...I

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I liked the website and it's not that I mind paying for the thing, it's that I do not have a credit card and have never ordered or paid for anything online because of that so I will be unable to sign up for this course but I am doing well, so far, by just doing the daily missions. I was talking to one of my oldest friends last night about some small victories as far as leaving a cart of stuff that I wanted but definitely did not need right in the store. But I have also had some setbacks as far as after Christmas shopping goes. I don't even usually go into the KMart store here. It's right next to the WalMart where I do go to do most of my shopping as this is a very small community and not a lot of choice and WallyWorld has much better grocery prices than the local IGA. Anyhoo...I went berserk buying beautiful blue and silver bulbs and stockings and things for a future Christmas. She asked me if I still had the receipt and told me to take back at least half of it. So that is my mission. She just laughed at me when I told her most of it was hidden in the trunk of my car so that my mother would not know I had gone on a shopping binge. And then yesterday I had to run some errands and so I stopped in at the Salvation Army and shopped around. I bought 15 books. I told the clerk, who knows me very well, 'One of my New Year's Resolutions was no more books. So how do you think I'm doing???" and we both laughed. But on the positive side I did drop off 2 boxes of books as part of my earlier errands. So at least more went out than came in??

I think I am scared of some medical issues that have surfaced in all my recent doctor visits and fear about some upcoming doctor visits. Those stupid cryptic calls 'the doctor needs to see you about the results of this ultrasound and you have an appointment on February 17th but we'd like to move it up to next Wed. Can you come to GTF next Wed?' And then the 'I can't tell you the results, you really do need to see the doctor.' So I was pondering the 'WHY' of these crazy purchases and I think it really is to insulate myself, so cover myself, to dream of the future. Unless that is just justification for my addiction?

Anyway, my goal is the same as Julia's. I just want to be able to have company come in the door!

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Does sound a lot like 365 Days blog. small steps.. Basically I appreciate every/ anything that will help ALL OF US !.Lets make 2016 the year we get our clutter in much better order. For me -its also just getting my house presentable for guests! THIS YEAR I HOPE!!!! :):)

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Sounds great. I like all the info I can get. Seems kind of like the 365 Days blogs and someone has mentioned this before. I am really, honestly working on this, 2016, being the year I finally have it all cleared out. Clearing the clutter and getting my home "company presentable" is higher on the priority list than weight and exercise for me this year. I did well with the weight and exercise last year as my focus but know that if I don't clear the clutter in my home I cannot clear the rest of the clutter in my life.

I'll keep checking back and think seriously about signing up for it as well. Thanks for the tip!

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I signed up to take a course online called Year to Clear. I thought some here might be interested in it. The course is offered pay what you like ($10, $25, or $40) by the DailyOM. A friend on Facebook gave me the link. The instructor is Stephanie Bennett Vogt who also has a blog/website about clearing space. She encourages course participants to journal (which I've been doing) and to participate in the discussion boards associated with the course (which I haven't been doing). A more complete description of the course can be found here:

www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/courses/cour
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overview.cgi?cid=532&aff=92


The lessons are very short so far with not much action required so far. Most of it has been about changing our mindset. In lesson 6, she talks about 4 pathways of clearing: intention, action, non-identification, and compassion. We need a clear intention to shift the way we think and clarify our desires, action to accomplish the clearing, non-identification allows us to accept things they way they are and take things less personally, and compassion involves self-love and self-care. This is the best lesson so far.

If it's OK with you all, I'll update this thread occasionally with my thoughts on the course.


- Karen

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -- George Bernard Shaw



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