At least sixty-eight things

April 21, 2012 | My Jottings

If you visit this blog regularly you know that I joined Ember in committing to donate at least one item per day in the year 2012, resulting in 366 things gone from our home when it’s all said and done. It has been a wonderful exercise and has helped me clean some hidden clutter away that I’d long forgotten about. I’ve been taking pictures and posting each week’s seven things, ever since January.

I know. Be still your heart, right?

As we prepare to move to a new house at the end of May, I’ve been weeding through drawers and cupboards and closets, unwilling to move anything to the new place that I don’t plan on using there. In doing so, I’ve donated in just a few fell swoops, at least 60 or 70 things in the past two weeks. But I didn’t stop to take any pictures. I just piled the things in boxes and bags and my daughter Carolyn kindly drove them to the Goodwill for me.

So even though there’s nothing photographic on the blog to document it, I know I am covered in my one item per day until at least the end of June. Just today, many mugs, candle holders, scarves, mittens, movies, and plates left the building.

And it feels really good. It’s sort of pathetic what makes you feel happy when you get old, but I don’t mind admitting it at all.  🙂


  1. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Not pathetic at all – I feel exactly the same way when I manage to sneak things out of the house without my hoarder husband noticing. It makes you feel kind of lighter und enencumbered, doesn’t it!…..and even better, it’s pleasure that doesn’t cost anything!!

  2. Just Julie says:

    What a nice way to look at it, Helen…pleasure that doesn’t cost anything! I like that. I live with a hoarder too – except it’s a Foster resident and not my husband. :/

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    Being a person that always makes trips to the Goodwill cause if I do not
    wear something for two years, out it goes. On the other hand I do
    wear out clothes that I like. Invariably, after giving away stuff, I
    inherit stuff. It truly is amazing how God provides. When I read
    today’s reading of Jesus Calling, the message was not to clutter
    my mind and keep my focus on Him. Very, very good advise.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Very good habits Dorothy – the donating one and the focusing one! LY….

  5. Ember says:

    Hooray! The House that Poos is a Happy House! Rid your world of House Constipation! x

  6. Just Julie says:

    Now here is a metaphor I may never forget. :O But you’re right Ember…constipation is no good in person or in house! xxoo

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