Is our house floating yet?

February 13, 2012 | My Jottings

Donating one thing a day may not seem like much to others, but it seems significant to me. Each time I go through and choose seven items for the week, it seems like the house feels lighter and more spacious, even though most of these things weren’t seen to begin with. For those who have no idea what I’m babbling about every Monday, you can click here to read about my commitment to getting rid of 365 things in 2012.

Here are this week’s donations.

Juggling pins:

I know, most of you don’t know that I can juggle a bit. I’m not great at juggling with pins, so I’ve donated these. I can only juggle three balls for about a minute, so I will never be a professional juggler. (I do think I’m moving into the realm of being a professional jiggler, however.)

A working blender, donated to a deserving family whose blender just broke:

I have no idea where this little bag came from — it’s been in the toy boxes for years, and the grands don’t play with it:

Same for this little toy:

I don’t even own the laptop computer this was purchased for years ago:

I feel like if we’re not careful, our house will start to slowly lift from its foundation into the air, from all the dead weight I’m getting rid of, sort of like Carl and Ellie’s house in the movie Up:

If you had an uninterrupted hour right now to work on gathering things from your house to donate, what two items would be at the top of your list?


  1. Dorothy Sooter says:

    My thirty five year old TV that still works but is not used and takes
    up way too much space in my bedroom. Just need a couple of
    strong bodies to move it. Think I will try Goodwill to see if they will
    pick it up.

  2. Just Julie says:

    That sounds like a good plan, Dorothy! I bet it will seem like a new room when it’s gone. 🙂

  3. Ember says:

    Hooray! Go, Dorothy!
    We are feeling just the same lightness, Julie. My 365-mania has tinged all the inhabitants of the house, and they are all clearing out like mad. We didn’t expect this (just thought it would make cleaning and tidying easier) but it creates a joyous feeling – exactly what you said, a feeling of lightness :0)
    Two things to go . . . Hmm . . . well, today I am sending off a pretty apron that I haven’t counted in the 365 list, to a friend who is feeling the drag of winter. And at present I am using as a bookmark (to keep it at the forefront of my mind) one of those electronic room-keys that’s like a credit card. I brought it home by mistake from Spring Harvest (Christian conference) last year, and have been keeping it to return when we go back in April. So those can be my two things.
    Sorry for long rambling comment . . . slinks away . . .

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you, Ember. I look forward each weekend to scouting out the next seven things I’ll donate or throw away…and you got us started on this. And the wonderful author Penelope Wilcock is actually *slinking* after writing a few words? It’s a first! Right here on this blog…. xxoo

  5. Carolyn says:

    I just did something called the ’46 Thing Fling’ and went through the house with trashbags and found 46 things to donate. I came up with 50!

  6. Just Julie says:

    Wow! Excellent work! How did it feel? 🙂

  7. Ginny says:

    #1… All of Fred’s music equipment
    #2… All of our camping gear
    You SAID two things! : )

  8. Just Julie says:

    Does Fred know about this? ;D

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