Any guesses as to what that might be up there? It’s a new, just removed from the box, mouthwash decanter that’s been laying around my house for 6 months. It’s cool because it holds mouthwash and the stopper is also a little cup that you can pour it into. But it’s too fancy for my bathroom, I don’t have a place to put it, and it’s way too fussy for the likes of the hubs and me.
This gift from my Mother is just one of the 75 things I’ve purged from my house in the last couple days. And no, I don’t feel the least bit guilty of finally letting go of it. At least someone who wants it can have it when they find it at Goodwill!
I have been feeling like my life is spiraling out of control. My house is messy 28 days out of 30, my eating is only on track maybe 12 days out of 30, I have so much on my plate that my “to do” list grows daily and the amount of things I check off diminishes daily because I feel so overwhelmed I often just ignore them until it’s nearly too late. I’m currently battling depression. Something has to change.
And so I did the only thing I could. I decided to make a change and started with joining Jenna in the initiative to get rid of 111 things in 1/11.
The idea intrigued me. My first reaction was enthusiasm, followed by the thought, “I can’t possibly have 111 things to get rid of. I’m poor. I can’t even afford to get a Kitchenaid or a decent camera, so how could I have 111 extraneous things laying around my house?”
Then I realized how faulty this conclusion was. For one, I’m not poor and to consider myself so shows great ingratitude to my maker and how well He has provided for me. Not only are all my needs met, I have enough money to buy things I do not need weekly. And truthfully, if I didn’t indulge in those little things, I could easily save up enough money to buy the Kitchenaid that I’ve wanted for so long, or a good camera. Both!
Secondly, I realized I probably have MORE than 111 things I need to get rid of. I have hoarding tendencies and they can get out of control. Turns out, I was right.
I tackled this project killing two birds with one stone, cleaning and purging at the same time. I’m about half done with the cleansing of my house and already have purged 75 things with only 36 left to go. Although I’m still battling depression and my eating is beyond out of control, I feel like things are starting to fall into place and I feel like the more positive steps I take like this to regain control, the easier it will be to conquer my eating demons. Again.
In the purge: magazines, a brand new cake pan so large it doesn’t fit in my oven, old socks and undies went in the trash, lots of size large clothing (although I might regret this if I don’t stop eating the entire kitchen every day–my pants are getting tight again!), old couch pillows, a broken picture frame, 2 pairs of shoes I never wear, cooling racks, tons of hot pads (who needs 20 hot pads?!), cookies that have been hanging out in our freezer for too long (although I admit I ate quite a few before I officially tossed them, despite the dubious flavor), barbecue tofu steaks that suffered the same fate, two new Mary Kay makeup holders, all my jeans with holes in the crotch (I had a hard time letting go of these, we were happy together for so long–lol), a black bundt pan (black pans burn your baked goods–no likey), three calendars, a Perfect Brownie Pan (loved it but never used it), a pitcher and glasses (I counted grouped/paired things as one), and my ghetto messenger bag that I’ve used for over a year.
Clearly my house was in dire need of a purging.
I still have to go through the bathroom and office and I bet I’ll be over 111 things soon. I’m also caught up on my plan to read through the Bible in a year (I got a few days behind last week) so I’m also feeling good about that. I’m working on a wedding-cake sized anniversary cake this week which means not much free time but I’m still planning to do as much as I can to get back on top of my life.
Which leads me to the last thing I’ve purged–cakes. I’ve decided I will no longer be doing them as a side-job and this gives me great relief, not to mention a lot of time!
I’m not sitting on top of the world but I’m clawing and kicking and struggling my way up there. I hope you’ll be waiting for me when I get there! :)