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11/20/16 3:14 P

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Good Afternoon All,

Here at the office on a Sunday, on my new medication, anxious to see if it is going to help me with my energy challenges. No side effects like the last one, at least so far. No chest pain. Maybe a little jittery feeling...time will tell.

Looking forward to getting to my favorite mental place where I am anxious to get things done and see things progress. It has been quite awhile.

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11/18/16 7:42 P

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Joyce,

Wondering how you are doing. Hope your dental appointment went well. You can imagine since I am a "gumdoctor," I am always interested in dental things emoticon

Hope you were able to get through at least one box. Hang in there.

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11/18/16 6:54 P

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Hey all...

Have not been making much progress for awhile.
Dr started me on a new medication to help with my energy but I had a bad reaction and ended up in the hospital. We are going to try something else and see if I can handle it better.

Hope to be back with some more progress soon.

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10/16/16 1:02 P

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One step at a time...

Unloaded 2 boxes from storage trailer
Unpacked most of the 2 boxes from storage trailer
Catalogued 3 boxes of donations
Dropped off 3 boxes of donations
Unloaded car of many items that had been in there quite awhile
Put many of the items from the car away
Loaded recycling into car
Dropped off recycling from car


New energy coming from seeing a huge dent in the space in my house. I really am reaching the end of my tolerance for all the STUFF and CLUTTER I see around me daily. A dent is really great. But what I am really after is conquering the STUFF and CLUTTER, not being content with making a dent.

Something needs to change in my perspective about this and many things...will be percolating on this today to find the BEST approach...

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I have so much to get done! First thing today have a dental appointment. I still haven't went thru a lot of boxes from the move last year. Fiancee has been in the hospital a lot in the last year. Since I have the day off today, I'm hoping to go thru at least a couple of the boxes and get rid of what I don't want, or move it out to the storage shed.

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10/14/16 8:40 A

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Husband and I went to our retirement place, 5 hrs drive away.

We have to rehab the whole house, talk about cleaning up the old...

After paying someone else to gut the basement of the entire moldy drywall, we were left with unattached HVAC ducts right before cold weather sets in. Husband replaced the bad ones and reattached the others so all the ductwork is now functional. While I helped him a little bit, I pulled up linoleum tile from the concrete basement floor. Someone, unfortunately, had glued linoleum tiles directly to the concrete floor. We have a bad moisture problem and over many years, the tiles are completely destroyed.

Possibly I pulled up 10-15% of them. I will need a scraper to take off the bits and remnants. I had to stop when it was time to head home so much more to do.

Consistent with this thread's theme, however, even making a dent in our huge rehab project makes a huge improvement in my perspective on the whole thing. Such a huge project seems so very impossible. But if I keep remembering to focus on only one thing at a time, it is NOT impossible. I feel more positive and optimistic about the whole thing.

Our real challenge is our distance away from our forever home location. We have a few years to get it done so it is not like we need to have it ready next week.

The next step? I went back this week on my own and met with a construction guy to hire him to replace gutters and downspouts. This should help with the basement moisture problem. Also asked him to re-roof our ancient lean-to in the hopes of getting another 3-4 yrs out of it. He should call me with prices next wk and then get started on this next step.

Baby steps...Encouragement. Happiness. Yeah.

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10/3/16 8:57 P

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Tortise -

Sounds like a great project, switching over your closet. The cool weather sure is motivating for that project too.

Today, I worked on my list and made some more important phone calls. I don't know why but I find making phone calls hard to do sometimes. I texted people then felt more comfortable calling them after, Then when I cross the call off my list, I feel elated, lighter, happier, more likely to do something else on the list.

Also worked on reducing the bulk of my fabric hoard. I cut fabric off of pillow shams and got rid of the bulky parts. I have collected much fabric for my new craft business I hope to start on Etsy. While beautiful to look at, it takes up huge amounts of space. From 4 pillow shams to one small pile of fabric that fits into a Ziploc bag. I feel lighter and more motivated already...

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10/3/16 6:41 A

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I sure agree that cleaning the old makes room for new thinking, motivation. I'm going to switch over my closet today, or at least get started. My summer duds are looking, well, summery! Time to put on some fall.

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10/2/16 8:04 P

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Had another surgery (#8 since my cancer diagnosis) so have been derailed for 4 wks but am up and around now.

I was able to empty the last remaining cardboard box on my house's upper level. That felt like a major accomplishment and a great milestone. While the upper level still needs a lot of work, at least the cardboard is all gone.

On the main level, we were able to get a new refrigerator to replace the too-small one. Now I am inspired to start doing some major cooking again. It has been a very long time.

I was also inspired to do some deep cleaning in the kitchen. Although I can't do everything due to physical restrictions, I am doing pretty well over all. And the kitchen looks amazing compared to what it was.

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8/21/16 4:19 P

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More huge progress, this time in the future guest room. Unpacked 3 huge wardrobe boxes, dropped stuff off at recycling and dropped off donations before coming into the office today.

What a huge weight is lifted off me every time I do either recycling or donations. Such a great feeling of accomplishment and motivates me to do more.

Looking forward to what I can accomplish at the office today.

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8/20/16 12:15 P

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Sewing rooms are great for organizing aren't they?

Hope you get it organized to your satisfaction so you can work happily on your project.

I am at my office now and planning how to be the most effective today and tomorrow.


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Today I'm organizing my sewing room before I start a new project!



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8/14/16 11:16 A

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Yesterday's progress was so inspiring that I did some more cleaning up in the living room. Sat in there last night and enjoyed how pretty and light and fresh everything looks once again. So rewarding.

I was then able to go up to the bedroom and look around and see a few things I could put away or organize. The bedroom has been in decent shape for awhile but there are still things I want to do in there.

Since I feel like I getting a little more energy back, I am hopeful I can continue to get a little more done every day. It has been a rough 2+ years with this cancer journey.

Having surgery in about 3 wks and will get knocked down again for about 6 wks after. But I am hoping it will go well and I will recover just as well as I have with the 7 surgery before this.

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8/13/16 5:59 P

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More progress on the living room. Moved 90% everything out of the way to vacuum, moved donation items into car (and dropped them off this morning), vacuumed, dusted, organized. Living room looks like a living room again. Small group of items hidden behind couch. Will address those next. Also cleared 90% shelves of extraneous items that do not belong in the living room. They were just a dumping ground during the unpacking step...sigh...

Looks so much happier, brighter, larger, cleaner, more beautiful. I love being in there again.

As I have mentioned here many times, cleaning up the old disorganized mess helps to energize me to do more. WHEN I CAN GET MYSELF TO WORK ON IT (that is the CHALLENGE since my cancer), I feel lighter, better, more satisfied, have a clearer conscience. It does not feel like the ENTIRE world is on my shoulders, only a part of the entire world.

When I can get myself to work on it some more, it is less I carry around on my shoulders, on my worry list, etc.

Such a great feeling of accomplishment. I feel great right now.

Now relocated to my office to get things done here. What a great start for the weekend.


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Fantastic progress in living room last night and this morning. Wow I am so Happy!

I emptied 2 very large moving boxes that were behind the couch. There were of course loaded with lots of non-living room items. Found temporary homes for them and placed about 5 things in the donation pile. Also loaded up the packing materials and dropped them at recycling today.

Now I can be in the living room and LIVE instead of wishing I lived somewhere else. Lots more to do in there but the floor is 99% clear of everything that does not belong in the room. What a huge improvement in the room and in my spirits! Yeah!

Tonight before bed, I will spend another hour on finishing up the floor clearing step.

After that will come the sifting through the stuff on the shelves, one shelf at a time. If the item does not belong in the living room, move it to the room it does belong to. Also be looking for more to donate.

Progress! Great Progress !!!


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8/1/16 6:53 P

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Momentum building in the living room. Starting to see big dent last night. Found 2 empty boxes, taking up lots of space. Now can see the floor and the glass top coffee table. Yeah.

Makes me want to do more. Making a dent makes me want to do more with is absolutely fantastic.

Love it.

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Got hit with B I G project at work on Monday and it derailed me from any cleaning up efforts this week.

I did, however, drop recycling (which I really enjoy) twice.

Also did litter boxes.

Also caught up on a lot of laundry and dishes.

Also did the 5-10 min thing to just see what I can clean up in corner X for 5-10 min. Although does not make a BIG dent, it makes a tiny dent and helps to see a tiny bit of progress. Makes it easier to pick up for 5-10 min the next chance I get.

Energy level is still a huge challenge. When I have the time to work on things, all I want to do is sleep. But am still working on pushing myself to find more energy reserves. They are in there I just know it.

With this big project, I had to stay up all night last Thursday to get the job done. Means I crashed on Friday afternoon so the weekend has been pretty unproductive. At the office now, waiting for someone to come in with a key to my office. Someone locked it on Friday and I have never been issued a key.

What a monumental waste of time.

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7/26/16 6:24 P

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Husband helped me this weekend to get through some of the clutter. We got donations ready to drop, cleaned floors, sorted some things, etc. We had to pick up items from my mother's house and figure out where they can go in my already full house.

Baby steps are better than no steps.

I do feel better and feel like I can tackle more tonight on my own.


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7/25/16 6:00 P

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Husband came over and helped me make a big dent in my disorganization. Car trunk has 4 boxes of donations to drop. Yeah. Now that I can see my floor again, I feel better, lighter, like a big weight has been lifted.

Hoping for more clarity and more success this weekend.

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Good advice indeed.

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7/18/16 6:29 P

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Thank you for your kind thoughts Gretchen.

I have been learning about deliberate actions and intentions and engagement too. Life seems much shorter to me than it used to. Now I don't want to miss anything so need to be "present" as many moments as I possibly can.

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7/16/16 2:14 P

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Sending prayers for your appointment next Friday.

I love what you said about it being too easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day. This is the story of my life. My goal is to be more intentional about the things that I'm spending my time on. My health, my family, etc. rather than the unimportant, unnecessary things that come across my plate.

Take care...

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7/16/16 1:40 P

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Thank you Tortise 110.

I like that you think that too. It is too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of the day and forget how we can manifest positivity by thinking positively.

Going through some real challenges right now, but have a Dr's apt next Fri. Hopefully they will be able to tell me definitively that what is going on has nothing to do with cancer relapse. This thinking is NOT positive and interferes with everything else I am attempting to do.

Once I see the Dr, I will be able to move forward and deal with it if it is a problem, or deal with other more happy things, if it is not a problem.

This issue is about cleaning up the old thinking in my head so I can get more energy to continue living in a happy place, instead of an unhappy, scared place.

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I love what you said here, Gum Doctor: "Today I wrote out a list things I can do to have a very positive day today, despite numerous challenges going on right now."

I ask myself often, "What practices make for a best day?" We can create good days for ourselves. I know we are not in charge and do not control everything, but taking charge of what we can is a huge part of the deal.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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6/26/16 1:33 P

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Reading a new, very powerful book, The Triumphant Patient (by Greg Anderson).

It addresses the things I am going through with my cancer, fear of relapse, giving up on things, including all my decluttering efforts and many more things I once enjoyed.

From getting through over half of the book in 2 days, I have been significantly inspired to pick and get going again.

Saturday, I cleaned and painted 2 mismatched wicker chairs, bought a small $9 table from Walmart and painted it to match, set this new "set" on the front porch with a small vintage barkcloth tablecloth I already had. Now I have a fabulous seating area on my front porch, surrounded by the container gardening I have been working on, where I like to read and contemplate my next steps. I had been sitting in the mismatched chairs and hating the way it looked. Now I can't wait to get back out there. It looks so cute and inviting, at least to me.

Also started working on the donation pile in my entryway. I have been walking around it for at least 3 months and only made a small dent in getting the stuff out of the house. Today, I realized (after more work in this new book), if I am too tired/exhausted to do it all, I am NOT too tired to do 10 minutes. So I spent 10 minutes and was able to catalogue 1 box and 2 other items. Dropped them off for donation on my way to my office today.

Have been doing a very decent job of recycling so also got that all stowed in the car and dropped a trunkload of recycling off before coming to the office today.

With just these little steps, I feel like a weight is lifted from me. And only I will be putting it back on me if I allow it. No one does this weighty baggage on me except me.

I feel like I have more energy today because the book concentrates on how important our positive thoughts are to our positive feelings and positive experiences. Certainly I know all these things intellectually, but I sure don't practice them enough. Today I wrote out a list things I can do to have a very positive day today, despite numerous challenges going on right now. So far, after 6 hrs from setting down the book this morning, I can certainly say so far so good. I am having a fabulous day, despite facing challenges.

Best wishes to all --

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6/21/16 6:52 P

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Igniteme - I like your thinking a lot - cleaning up you also helps to create new energy on a mega level.

I got a new job and have been cleaning out a few old things from my predecessor in the new office. Easier to clean up someone else's stuff than my own. Not so invested in the stuff I suppose.

Also had to put one of my precious kitties to sleep last Friday. She had metastatic breast cancer and got terribly sick. She is at peace now. I am in severe mourning for her...and will be for some time...but I also know I need to clean up the old related to her and create new energy for 3 remaining kitties, and to work on cleaning up my house further.

My plan is still to work on the kitchen and dining room. Have made only a little progress but have the whole week to make some good progress.

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Gumdoctor,
Hello, again!
Before I experienced the energy burst, I didn't have a clue it was possible!
Sounds like you have your hands full. Downsizing is a big change. None enjoy the feeling of loss that could happen.
I suffered once from an incurable disorder for 10yrs. Sure the fatigue I experienced wasn't like what you've experienced, but I would lose weeks to the fatigue and blah. Praying your spirit soul and body are strengthened as you heal.
The neat thing is as I clean my area for the day, I also search myself for any fake me and when exposed I cleanse it it too lol.
Goes to reason if cleaning home can energize body.....what can cleansing on this level do?



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Glad to hear you are so excited IGNITEME. Amazing how powerful our minds are when we get out of our own way.

I moved to a new house this January and I am still unpacking. For several reasons, mostly exhaustion from my previous cancer and cancer treatment, it is taking me a very long time to get settled.

This morning, I worked on my bedroom. Moved out all extraneous boxes and items, then organized what was left. Moved out 2 plants I don't even like altho not sure what I am going to do with them yet. Realized I just had too much stuff in there. Came from a much bigger nicer bedroom to this one. It will be nice soon, but needs much more work. Today was just the beginning of seeing it come together.

Every time I can get motivated to get something cleaned up, I do feel a tremendous surge of energy. It is the getting started that is the hardest for me. Have had to be content with just 5-10 min at a time then stopping. Since my energy is lacking, I have to modify how I did things from the past. Energy does seem to be improving but very slowly. I can only hope and pray that by continuing to do this cleaning up process, I will increase my own total energy to keep moving in the right direction.

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So excited! Can't wait to get a small bed for my bedroom. I have it Conquered in my mind! Well thought out plan is coming into fruition! Have theb4 pic saved. It will be a while b4i get the new bed. But I have hope, finally.I have found a home for almost everything in BR already. I see the vision clearly now! Lol

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I finished clearing out ALL extraneous items from my new sunroom. Will post pictures when I can.

Now I can enjoy the spectacular view at my new house in peace, beauty and gratitude. The positive energy I experience from being in this beautiful space is hard to describe but it is definitely as a direct result of moving out all the clutter, boxes, extra stuff that was blocking the view.

Completing this challenging task has created more motivation for me to move on to another room. I have selected the kitchen/dining room.

Will post some more progress in the near future.

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Military transferred me to closest military base to my husband. So we have been able to spend more time together.

But it also means I have a new house to deal with. Still unpacking and getting settled since January 2016.

With my limited range of motion and significant loss of strength from all my cancer treatment, it has been a real challenge to keep up with. And my energy is the real issue.

I decided to work on only one room right now - the Sun Room. I have it 75% cleared and when I have it cleared and set up the way I want it, I will give myself a reward.

Had breakfast in there yesterday and it will be a very nice room when I get it done.

Cleaning up the cardboard boxes and the mess out of there is motivating me and giving me more energy to keep going.

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Tortise,

Thank you for kind words. And what a great idea to use organizing as a distraction and a reward from the big serious things going on around us.

I have a little free time this morning before surgery followup appt. How nice to be able to rest and chill instead of beating the clock.

Have a blessed day.

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This is an amazing concept. I'm amazed and disgusted with myself when I spend months thinking about a job to finally tackle it and think to myself that I'm not really quite sure why I waited to long to complete it. May you each clean up some old and find some renewed energy!

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I'm so sorry to hear about all you have faced, gumdoctor, and hope you are on the mend.

When my son was very little and I felt like my life was out of control tending to his needs even cleaning out a drawer made me feel better. It was a little bit of control in an unpredictable world. I think or ordering/organizing as a little gift in life that we get to do over and over again when we need it!

Hugs to you as you continue to heal. Great to see you here again.

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Well it certainly has been a long time since I was here. I have been living through very severe bilateral stage III breast cancer, double mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and am in the middle of reconstruction. Have had 7 surgeries so far with more to come.

This all came as a shock and has been extremely hard but I am still alive and I am still here.

Gumdoctor

PS - Talk about a lot to clean up...



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That is great you had your garage sale and took the rest of the stuff to Goodwill. I have been going thru clothes that no longer fit, have gotten too big on me and send them to people I know can use them. Stayed busy today shredding paperwork, and cleaning my office.

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Had our garage sale today, took the unsold items to a local Goodwill center.

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That sounds great!!! Getting your garage back. Hope the garage sale goes great! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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My wife and I sorted out the garage clutter. We put away some of the things, threw away a quarter of the stuff, and selected other stuff for an upcoming garage sale. It gives us energy to think of reclaiming our garage after the garage sale.


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Hope everyone still have the energy to get things done!!! emoticon

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I totally agree that cleaning out and organizing really does create positive new energy.
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I've been working on cleaning and organizing a spare room. It does give me more energy when I get things done. I have boxes of clothes I put away when I started gaining weight. Now that I have been losing weight I have been able to go thru the boxes and wearing some of the clothes. The clothes that are too big on me now, I give to someone that can wear them. I will be checking in here also.

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I know this thread is kind of old, but it's really motivational to me. I need to clean out/declutter a lot this summer break (I'm earning my PhD and get burned out during the fall and spring!), and I love the idea of paying attention to how the process creates new energy! Right now I'm working on cleaning out/organizing my craft supplies and using some up to make things to sell on Etsy. I think I'll keep coming back here to report on my progress, just for my own sake :)

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....and...here I am checking in as I said I would. Using Mr. Allen's advice to write down what my problem is and write what I intend the outcome and then writing down what would have to happen to achieve the outcome I wanted - all in single sentences. It worked for me, I DID feel a burst of enthusiasm. I got a big project out of the way. But it drained me and now I see the importance of breaking these projects down into smaller chunks of my time. Thanks, for helping me with this "new direction".

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I have started my new plan today. I will:
- spend 30 minutes or more each day cleaning, dejunking and organizing
- 15 minutes is in a basement room and 15 minutes is upstairs
- end date is May 8.
I intend to make the "hard" decisions and get rid of a lot of junk.

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ok...I'm in. I downloaded the sample of David Allen's Book "Getting Things Done" and it was enough to inspire me. I will check back after the weekend and give you an update. emoticon

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Expanded my "line of sight" this weekend to include the whole kitchen. If I stand back far enough, I can see the whole (huge) kitchen.

It worked well. Washed 4 area rugs, swept, wiped down countertops, put stuff away, can estimate 80% or more done with the kitchen.

When I walk into the kitchen now, it looks shiny and it feels really good to be in there. Oh look - there are clean dishes IN THE CABINET instead of dirty ones IN THE SINK. What a difference 2 feet make (sink about 2 feet from cabinet).

More to do of course, but can definitely see progress.

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I have not read the book. i sometimes think i should read less and just get started and do things.

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I'm going to try that "line of sight" approach. Thanks!

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Well had 2 H U G E deadlines, one on Fri and one today...while I'm exhausted, I am very happy I was able to meet the challenge successfully.

Clearing out these projects has given me a sense of relief and a sense of elation. Now going home to sleep. Have had about 8 hrs sleep in the last 4 days.

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Nice to see others are continuing to gain from this simple concept.

Continuing with line of sight clearing. Helps a lot and need to keep on going.

Struggling with energy and dealing with stress from work.

Cleaning up even a small area (even just one countertop) helps me to keep going. Even if I just do one area every day or two, it helps to give me a little bit of energy, little bit of motivation, little bit of hope.

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Thanks GumDoctor for starting this thread. My wife had given in to my bad habits and we let the clutter build up. Also, I talked my wife into cutting up the kitchen cabinets to install a 42 inch wide dual fuel chef oven. Now we want to move because we want a smaller mortgage. The good thing about moving though is that my wife got me on board with the idea of throwing out or donating much of the stuff that we don't need.
We learned to communicate better. I wont be so bull headed insistent to have my way and plan to work with my wife to make this move a success.

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For me it is so true. Organizing some part of my life everyday is very calming and gives me new energy.

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Have been derailed from cleaning up...starting again with a "line of sight" approach. Look in a straight line and clear everything you see on that line. So far have done 3 different areas this way. Clearing an area clears my head so I can think more clearly about doing some more.

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Well I certainly have been gone awhile. Have been working on my house and working on my new job. My new job has been all consuming...
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Thanks for the tip - I have been looking at containers but have not quite identified what it is I need. Geez where does all this crap come from??

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If you two keep going with those photos, you may just inspire me to get off my duff and locate my stashes (plural).
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I'm finding photo organizing to be energizing. Fun to think of the old stories. I'm going to scan ours into digital files and send them to the people who need copies. Still not sure about what to do with the originals, but my piles are getting better organized slowly but surely.

Carol - I like your idea of albums and identifying people too. So fun to sit around and look at them and to share conversations.

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Do I dare disturb the universe? is a line from my favorite poem - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by TS Elliot.

Poor Prufrock wants to make a declaration to a young lady, but he is afraid to disturb the universe by speaking, so he ends up old and lonely.

Losing weight can disturb your universe, too. It's a major change, but we have to not be afraid to make that change.

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Carol, you and Toni are going great guns on the photo sort!

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My current project is sorting through a life time of family pictures. I've been married 41 years and have pictures going back before I got married. I'm still doing a basic sort based on location, time and subject matter. I plan to throw some out and put the best into photo albums. I'm not a scrapbooker - just basic, acid free albums is my goal. I hope to get the pictures labeled, too. My kids won't remember some of these friends and relatives some day. I'll be lucky if I still remember them.

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Have gotten busy with unpacking again...emptied 15 huges boxes from what is going to be the new craft room. Trashing and donating as much as possible. Have many pieces of Elfa freestanding storage units to put together but need to unbox the many pieces first.

Once I cleaned out one corner, I could see how I needed to arrange the furniture and what colors need to go in the room. Feel very inspired to get this room together in order to keep working on the rest of the house. Sewing machine is in one these boxes and I need it to do curtains, cushions, etc in the rest of the house.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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CMRAND -

Can sympathize with your key story. In a good way though, I imagine it is motivating your son to get a handle on his things and consolidate. You unwittingly helped him to see what an issue having stuff in several locations can become. At the bottom of your post, you ask "do I dare disturb the universe?" The answer is yes...you dare and you must disturb the universe. If not, it controls us. You dared to disturb the universe but relocating the keys and the universe is answering back...good for you! and good for your son! He may not see it now but someday he likely will look back at the moment and appreciate it.

I have continued working on my home office. As expected from the premise of this thread, it has become a self-sustaining focus area as far as my energy is concerned. Books and other items are in boxes in another room. So I am able to pull out a box at a time and work the items into the room without disturbing it with boxes and things I don't want to keep in here. It has been a treat to work on things...keep/don't keep...and if I really need to keep it, where does it need to go?...then put it in its new home before moving on to something else...

Also have been making deals with myself...before you go do thing X that you want to do, you need to finish thing Y that you don't want to do. For the past 3 days, this has been working pretty well. Cleared out 2 hallways this way - you know - pick up everthing off the floor and put the things away, even if it is moving items to the "donate" pile in the other room, then sweep, then clean, then see if there is anything you need to do to improve the view from that hallway, from all directions...

Also have taken in 2 carloads of carboard, paper, etc. for recycling, just from what I've emptied and/or decided to get rid of in the past 3 days. Just imagine how good it feels to be free of that much unnecessary stuff...if a house could lose weight, I would say we are down 25 lbs in 3 days...wish it were that easy for a person...

Bottomline: Clearing out individual items and then clearing out a larger amount of space from the activity is helping to clear my mind of some cobwebs and feeling energized to do more. Aaaaahhhh!

I even went out and sat by the pool today for about an hour, read a mindless magazine, played with my "visitor" kitty (neighborhood cat that spends great amounts of time at my house), enjoyed looking at my pool and backyard, got some sun, etc. All because I was so pleased with my progress from cleaning up the old.

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A couple months ago I cleaned out my kitchen "junk" drawer and tossed some old keys that didn't seem to belong to anything. Now my son is home and looking for the keys to his storage locker in Virginia that he left in the "junk" drawer, completely unlabeled. I had no idea. Fortunately he still has a key in California for the storage locker here. As soon as he finds a permanent home in California he is going to ship his stuff out there.

My advice - label your keys before you toss them in a drawer.

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emoticon for the nice words ........ How I appreciate and my goodness ...... I am glad you are taking a much needed break .................. It is good to accomplish but bits and pieces here and there are necessary .................... But good job on doing so much! (You will get there) .................. emoticon

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2B - I appreciate you and bet everyone here does too. You're an inspiration to us in the same way.

I have been taking a (very long) break from unpacking and setting up here in my new home. It has been 8 mos since I started here at my new duty station. I have "completed" (are we ever really "completed" though?) the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and just started working on the home office. On Friday night, it was an absolute mess, especially since the hot water heater breakage flooded the floor at Thanksgiving. All eleven IKEA 7 foot bookcases were soaked and permanently damaged at their feet. I recently decided I am NOT going to make a renter's insurance claim and will just get rid of them when I move from here. So once that decision was made, it opened me up to unpacking and setting up the room the way I want it. The bookcases' feet don't look so great (white laminate wrinkled and some slightly peeling off...) but only I will notice in the short term.

Started unpacking boxes one at a time about 1 month ago and with about 7 left on Friday night, decided to dig in and sprint to the finish line. To empty the room entirely took all day yesterday minus a little nap. Then attacked the carpet today, moved in area rug, office chair, newly refinished rattan desk and thick glass tabletop (finally paid someone to do it for me after planning to do it for over 20 yrs...), new printer that has not been used since last August, plants, etc. It still needs alot of work to get it "completed" but I am happily writing this from my desk and internet connection. I now have a beautiful and fully functional workspace including tv with cd capability only (internet connection not done yet).

I have already donated over 30 books from home (a few from the clinic office) and been recycling and shredding papers and files like mad.

Bottomline: I feel energized to continue re-creating my dream office (had it at last house) and make it even better than it was. Also looking forward to getting some real work done here. Because I have not had a functional work space at home since getting here, have had to spend untold early, late, weekend hours at the office...feels like a great weight has been lifted from me...like I can think and create and get things done again...it has been very difficult making this move on so many levels...feels better and better with every room I get in shape.

There is hope.

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I really love this team and appreciate all of you! Every time I come in here (and will do more now) ............ I ALWAYS get inspired and DO something! Funny how ONE thing propels you do do another and even something every day ............... Today I did all my ironing for the work week, clothes are ready and organized ............... PLUS I went thru all my neck scarves, (which I keephanging on a rack over a door) and separated the wooly warm ones and got the spring lighter ones out since temps are not so cold now .............. it was such a good feeling, then I organized all my shoes in closet, so I CAN SEE all of them and pick quickly! ............ (WHO WANTS TO SEARCH FOR STUFF??) ............... so thanks everyone!

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I agree,
cleaning, organizing, and in general handle with material practical things that have been left over un-finished or in a"waiting for our intervention" mode can be an excellent purifying "ritual" / exercise for all those that need our attention in a different non material level..
and it is always
an anti-lazyness study, eh?

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Carol, I feel your pain over boxes owned by DH, but we do have keepers! Thought about you yesterday when we went to Fairfax Commons and saw Ruth's Chris.

2B, I really need to sort out my jewelry, too, most of which is worth little.

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