Seven Things Lighter

January 6, 2012 | My Jottings

Here are the seven items (one per day) that I’ve donated this week. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

(I read yesterday in Colossians chapter three, about six other things the Lord wants me to be rid of:

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”

I fear I can’t just toss these in the back of my car and take them to my local Goodwill, however.)

Here are the tangible things I have duplicates of, or items I know I won’t be using anymore; I’m so happy to let them go to other places where they will be enjoyed or better utilized.

I know those three metal bowls aren’t really one item, but hey.

Have you decided to get rid of a few things in your house this year? Are you trying for one per day? If that’s too many to think about, might you try for one per week?

It’s not too late to join us. What kinds of things have you given or tossed so far?


  1. Ember says:

    Blue. So many things in your home have that clear, pure, deep blue.

  2. Just Julie says:

    Yes. I, too, “look at the blue.” 🙂

  3. sue raimo says:

    A twin challenge for me is to resist bringing in unnecessary and impulsive items this year. My mom had a friend who would always give away an item of clothing for every new one she brought in. I admired that.

    By the way, we are still enjoying the chair and ottoman you donated to our house a few years ago. I think of you often when I sit in it.

  4. Just Julie says:

    I think about that too, Sue. I remember someone telling me years ago that when 50 things would come into their house at Christmas time, their family made it their policy to donate just as many soon after. I like your mom’s friend’s idea. I’m so glad you like the chair….:)

  5. Ganeida says:

    I have been giving away most of the kids toys around here because the grandkids are in no hurry to arrive & it was just becoming clutter I moved from one spot to another. MY biggest problem is books ~ & paper. So much paper & I can’t just ditch it. Ugh.

  6. Just Julie says:

    That’s what my main two areas are, Ganeida…books and paper! Still, I figure little bits at a time add up. Blessings on you today…

  7. Ember says:

    Absolutely! Papers! Sometimes I go into homes where the people have no papers – no files, books, journals, magazine, notepads, manuscripts AT ALL. And I wonder – how do they do that? How do they get through life without any paperwork? I have two big take-a-deep-breath-and-get-on-with-its coming up: one is sorting out the large box of ‘useful’ electrical components under the stairs, the other is sorting through my bulging files of correspondence, liturgical resources and treasured poems/articles.

  8. Just Julie says:

    I have seven large file drawers full of files in our office and most of them are not things I can throw away. I can’t imagine a house without papers. Even if I didn’t have so much paperwork to do, I’d still keep the things we need to for taxes, correspondence as you mentioned, etc. I hope your sorting goes well and you feel that much lighter, Ember! xxoo

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