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Thoughts for this year

I’m trying to change the way I see things in life. For instance, on my pinterest board I would keep pins of sayings about how awful and hurtful friends and family treated me. I realized I’m keeping that negativity and dwelling on it, so I have been deleting those pins.  I still read them and I’m taken them heart but I’m not saving the pins I’m not saying that I’m gonna be all hearts and rainbows and pink and everything’s all wonderful. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I am trying to find Peace & Love and let the negativity take care of itself.

Family Room

I took the entertainment unit apart. I saved the shelves and I haven’t decided if I am going to use brackets or the metal shelving system. It will depend on the locations of the studs. Most of the books on the shelves were donated, but the pictures. Where to start. Something do this winter I guess.

1 piece at a time

In my quest to rid my life of unnecessary clothes, I am making myself wear pieces of clothing I rarely wear. So when I get dressed in the morning and I want to change the top or skirt or shoes etc because I don’t like something about that item, I know that is a sign to myself that I really don’t need or LOVE this item and it gets placed in the donations bag. Since I started doing this I have purged several items that I thought I just had to keep. This method seems to work better for me instead of just getting rid of everything but the basics. It’s like I give the item a chance to redeem itself. 

Meanwhile, I am 1/2 way thru the first closet in the guest room.

Cleaning closets

So earlier I had said I wasn’t going to go thru and weed out my clothing, but I have been. While cleaning out the guest room I would continue the cleaning and go into my closet. This is what I have my clothing down to for now. I know down the road I will let go if more. Here is my current list:

23 Tank tops

13 Greek tops

11 Sheath tops

4      Long sleeve tops

7      Long sleeve blouses

24    Tops

42 Tee shirts

30    Skirts

5     Long skirts

5    Capris

5    Trousers

24  Dresses

6    Pullover sweaters

8    Jeans/capris jeans

11  Blazers

11 Cardigans

New chair

I bought this chair at the thrift store for $5.00. I tore off the vinyl covering and then put this floral material on it.

I bought 6 scarves at the Dollar tree store and sewed them into  a autumn wrap. $6.00 compared to  $29.99 and up.  I like the wrap better than wearing jackets while driving.

Update on sorting and down sizing. I am concentrating on going thru stuff and not so much clothing, but I have narrowed down my jeans to 3 jeans and 4 capri jeans since work has started letting us wear jeans to work. Of course the jeans have to be in good condition, no tears, holes etc… so that’s off of my to  do list.

Getting There

It’s been awhile since I have written. I have been busy clearing out my parents closets. My mom still had some of Dad’s clothing, plus all of her clothing, jewelry etc. I clean out the garage….haven’t touched the shed! Yikes! My mom had 7 totes of stuff. The funny thing is the totes weren’t full. I cleaned out the laundry room and for the most part the kitchen. I am sorting dishes right now. I cleared out my mom’s closet, under her bed and all of the dressers. I finally washed her bedding and the dirty laundry she had from when she went into the hospital last August. That was a hard task. It made everything final… if that makes sense. I have the spare room and the family room still to go and clear out. I am not counting on all of the items my siblings want that I have to put aside and of course they live in another state so no help from them on cleaning and go thru stuff.
As I am clearing things out I have tried to go thru my stuff. I have tried to make my wardrobe minimalist (Insert minion laughing). Biggest problem is that I live in Knoxville, TN and the summers are unbearable. When you wake up at 6:00 AM and it’s 76 degrees out! So I have figured out that I have to have a spring/summer wardrobe and an autumn/winter wardrobe.
So I have narrowed it down to this: (Insert minion laughing again)

Spring/Summer
7 Tank tops
14 Greek tops
7 Sheath tops
7 Tops
14 Tee shirts
7 Skirts
7 Capris
3 Trousers
7 Dresses

Autumn/Winter
7 Tank tops
7 Sheath tops
7 Tops
14 Tee shirts
7 Skirts
7 Capris
7 Trousers
7 Dresses
7 Pullover sweaters

All Seasons
7 Tank tops
7 Sheath tops
7 Tops
14 Tee shirts
14 Skirts
3 Jeans
7 Dresses
14 Jackets
14 Cardigans

Which is a total of 234 pieces of clothing. I am going to try to narrow it down. This should be fun! LOL