Day 22

I was helping my mom move out of her place. I knew that she has a lot of stuff, but when I saw it looking really disorganized especially for someone who is supposed to be ready for their move. My mom has a lot of dishes, and other things as well.

But from what I have learnt over the years is that it isn’t really a good thing that a single person has 20 dishes, and cups. Which is something that my mom has. All of her houses that she has stayed at are too small to have family over. So it’s not like all of those dishes were for us. It normally means that there is some underlining situation or a problem with this individual. There is research that shows a correlation between depression, and clutter. Clutter can also stem from trauma, or any traumatic experiences at some point in your lives.

My hearts go out to anyone who has experienced anything traumatic and heart wrenching. We may not be able to change anything from the past, but we can change our future. It’s up to us to make things better.

It took me some time to realize that part of the reason why she holds on to all of these things is because she lives alone now. So she holds on to these pieces as a way of holding on to the people that no longer live with her, like my dad, myself, and my sister. We all used to live together. But what I have learned is, that we don’t need to hold onto to things to remember people by, we remember things by keeping them in our hearts.

We can help our loved ones, or ourselves, if we are the ones who are suffering. We should not have to suffer in silence, call up a friend or a family member to help you. Although this mission can get done on its own. But if you prefer help, that’s okay, too. Slowly start removing clutter from your life. One of the easiest ways to stop having clutter is by stop having it come in your house and life, in the first place. Stop shopping for clutter. Stop agreeing to take things from loved ones. Another healthy solution is to work on ways you safely talk about things that has happened in your life.

I can identify the reasons and the whys my mom has had so many various things in her life. In a way, those reasons have made me collect clutter in high school. My parents were going through a separation at the time. But I have realized that I have collected so much, I was tired of it. So a few years later, I started being more cautious of my things. I started with my clothes. My closet used to be jam packed of clothes. I finally got rid of a ton of things. I was started to feel really good about myself. I was happy for myself.

Today, I will realize that clutter, and holding onto things don’t really make us happy. What makes us happy is being able to free from our clutter. We can’t hold onto every single memory throughout our lives. Our memories live inside of our brains and our hearts. If you see a family member or friend hold on to a lot of stuff, ask them if they need any help. Be sure to lend them a helping hand.

Day 15

We need to learn to let go of things that no longer serves us. This can be anything from physical objects, to digital clutter, to our feelings. We let go of the negative things and emotions, we now have more room for the things that bring us joy. We can feel happiness, we can truly appreciate the remaining processions. Instead of not being able to see them throughout the clutter.

If we continue to hold on to negative things, and feelings, then we are just going to continue to attract more negativity in our lives. And that is the last thing we want in our lives.

Today, I will learn when enough has become enough. I will release anything that has any negative vibes in my life. This way I am able to attract good and better things in my life. This also allows me to see things more clearly.

Top Ten Tuesdays #20 – January 12th, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/ in your Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week is all about our 2021 Resolutions. They can include your book resolutions, or other areas in your life.

  1. Read 30 minutes a day.
  2. Exercise for 20 minutes a day.
  3. Save up more money.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Schedule more time to write my stories.
  6. Learn how to crochet via YouTube videos.
  7. Continue to declutter my belongings.
  8. Cut back on ordering and eating fast food.
  9. Eat healthy foods.
  10. Travel to a new city, if travelling is permitted.

I would love to hear about some of your resolutions in the comments.

Day 92 of 192

While I was decluttering, I came across a bunch of stuff I thought I needed, but I actually didn’t. I am so glad that I am finally going through my things, once and for all.

I had this container that my sister held on to in her house because I had to pack up my room and sort through my belongings at a later date. My mama used my room for her friend since her friend was going through a break up. So I had to gather up my stuff. And I am finally going through these containers. Luckily for me the first one I went through was filled with miscellaneous objects such as old hair brushes, markers, pens, hair clips, etc. I don’t have an attachment to any of these objects, which made this container so much easier to declutter.

Another one of my rules is throw away objects that I can replace (if I really have to, but most of the time, I don’t need to replace them) within 20 km, for under $20. For instance these highlighters. These are probably 10 years old, and I kept them for just in case. But they no longer worked, so I unfortunately couldn’t donate.

Day 85 of 192

I totally forgot that I had this eye shadow. I remember when a guy friend invited me over to his friend’s birthday party. I wanted to look pretty like everyone else. Mostly because I liked this guy at the time. I’m pretty sure I spent all of this money for one night.

And now I can’t wear it since it’s at least seven years or something like that. I just found it in my container that I purged through last week. It is very freeing to get rid of these things.

Day 11 of 192

Hi there! Another day, another item removed from my life. Today I have gotten rid of this shirt. It used to be one of my favourite shirts, mostly because of how simple it was. I really got its worth out off it since I wore it so much.

But because I bought it so many years ago, it no longer fits the same. And that’s okay, since someone can find joy in this shirt. The best thing about wearing simple clothes, that doesn’t have a brand name on it, it stays “in trend” for longer. Not that I have been one for keeping up trends and buying the latest designs.

I rather save the extra dollars instead of buying something displaying some brand name.

One Thing – Making Resolutions

Every month I begin making resolutions that I plan to achieve for that month. I thought long and hard of what I would like to accomplish.

I worked out a morning routine that consists of stretching, mediating, eating breakfast and reading. I am striving towards being more organized. I am also working on de-cluttering my house.

I am planning on saving more money for school, my future house (several of years from now) and other things for my future.

De-clutter The Negativity

“Nothing is as bad as you think it is.”

Even if you are having by far the “worst day ever” it is never as bad as it seems. Keep thinking of all the things that you are grateful for and find all of the positive things in your life.

There is no reason to be negative. Everything happens for a reason.

Today I will get rid of my negative thoughts and embrace the positive thoughts and I will try my best my best to keep my spirits up.