The more stuff we clean out, the more tidy, uncluttered, organized space we have — whether in full view or behind closet doors — the nicer the house becomes. Cleaning out has almost become a bit addictive. We had a yard sale a couple of months ago, I’ve sold a few things on Craigslist, given a few things to friends, given a bunch to Goodwill, put a ton in the recycling bin and thrown away the rest. I wish I would’ve remembered to take a picture of the first (biggest) pile before it went to Goodwill — I would have sent it to the Ultimate Money Blog’s 365 Declutter Challenge. We’re well past 365 by now, I’m sure.
There are a few more things I’d like to see leave us via Craigslist: some racquetball equipment, a trombone Silent Brass, some tenor sax music, an iPod nano. The next part of the plan is to take all of our CDs (about 450 of them!), put them into books, and get rid of the jewel boxes and CD rack.
Slowly, cluttered space becomes open space. It really is amazing the good that does.
In between cleaning out and going to Goodwill, I’ve done some reading. Here are a few you might find useful.
Finally, the Truth About Soy from ZenHabits: A long post with good info about soy and soy products. My only criticism is that he didn’t address the fact that all non-organic soy products in the US are GMO, which is Not Good, so go organic with your soy!
Six Tips For Detoxing From Junk Food from MizFit Online: She went away for a few days (a week?) and came back to her 5-year-old all junked up. These are the steps she took to detox her kid. Great post for anyone looking to feel better without fasting or lemon-and-cayenne drinks.
Slow metabolism linked to longevity from Disease Proof: So many people are looking to ramp up their metabolism, which is great if you’re just looking to get skinny, but if you’re looking to live longer, it’s not the way to go…
And from the inspirational category, I thought all of these were pretty neat, for different reasons:
The Little Secret Heart from Mama Birth: A sad and touching story with a quiet call to action.
A triathlon at 90 from 2nd Half Lounge: He completed another triathlon, this one at age 90 — with osteoarthritis and after a knee replacement — after picking the sport up at 60. What’s your excuse?
Regrets of the Dying from Inspiration and Chai: The most common five regrets expressed to a woman who worked in palliative care by her patients.