It’s seriously been 9 days since I posted??? Donate:365

Nine days!?!?!?!?

Well, let me catch you up on what I’ve been doing around here to downsize and better our lives.

Nothing.

Ha! Just kidding. I finally took all of the clothes from my Day 333 of Donate:365to the donation place. I didn’t keep it for three months, I just went ahead and passed it on. I did decide to keep two green shirts that I was regretting putting in the bag. But, that is what the challenge is about to me — to see what you really need/miss and to see what you don’t remember.

It all had to go, and now I am so happy with my closet! There is hardly anything in my side. LOVE IT!

And, it is way easy to wash my clothes now. One load of clothes I wash and hang up to dry. Nice!

I’m looking around today to see what I can get rid of. I’ve been doing a lot of straightening. I have some books I need to take back to their original owners and it just so happens I will see them today! Convenient!

Be blessed today and free your life from stuff. God bless!

~Chelle

Donate:365 — Day 338 — Say it with me, “VHS”

Hey, all!

So, today, I had meetings after meetings after meetings. Next, I’m getting rid of meetings. But, before I do…

I’m on Day 338 of Donate:365. New here? Click this link to read about my journey from the beginning.

I’m sitting here thinking about what I got rid of today. Nothing I think. Okay, let me think…

Nope, nothing.

LOL On the Donate:365, I didn’t do much today. But, at least I am reporting in.

Wait! Well, I kinda gave these away yesterday, but I didn’t report in about them.

Say it with me — VHS tapes.

Yes. My family had a plethora of VHS tapes hidden in a drawer. Sad part —  some were really good movies. Even sadder part — What’s a VCR?

Just kidding. But, seriously. I haven’t had a VCR that’s worked in about 15 years. Our six year old did get a brief history lesson on what these giant black rectangles were used for. Let’s just say she was not amused.

So, the bag of forgotten video tapes has now been added to the ginormous pile I need to take by the donation site, when I don’t have a meeting.

Be blessed, you guys! See ya’ll tomorrow!

~Chelle

Day 337 of Donate:365

Hey!

So, today, it seems I’m just truckin’ along with Donate:365. I have a giant bag of clothes I need to take to the donation place, and I added two scarves and a dress. It’s been a difficult journey at times, but it seems for today anyway, it is easy. I’m focusing on the life I want and what is important to me. In my year of Donate:365 I’ve changed a lot. Not intentionally,

My habits have changed.

My needs have changed.

My wants have changed.

I no longer what it all. In fact, I see myself getting closer and closer to wanting nothing at all.

 Matthew 6:19-21 says…

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I want my heart to be with Christ. I want to love people and animals. I want to be free and live life to the fullest.

Jesus says in John 10:10…

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I want to live life with abundance. Not with abundant “stuff,” but with abundant memories, abundant joy-filled moments, and abundant experiences serving God. He is AWESOME! And, His word is truth. I will serve Him always.

Be blessed tonight! And, get rid of stuff! Tell me about it. Leave a comment.

~Chelle

Day 335 of Donate:365

Today I felt compelled to go through my closet. It all started with this post. I went through my entire closet today, and found out a few things…

1) I really like scarves.

2) I evidently like red and black

3) I have a hard time getting rid of clothing.

4) I really like scarves…I mean seriously.

I solely focused on the items hanging in my closet. I’m leaving the scarves to a later date when I can truly see which ones I wear the most. I use them as accessories and wear them instead of necklaces, plus my mom made most of them so — as you can probably guess — those aren’t going anywhere. But, I will find a way to better organize them.

I also left my pajama drawer until next week. I only have one real drawer so that should be easy to tackle.

For today’s challenge, I literally took every item out of my closet and purposefully put it back. Some were easy Yes or No’s. Others, not so much. But, I did it! I have a pile of probably ten items that went immediately to the donation box. Except maybe these two shirts I am hung up on. I may box them up and see if I even think of them over the next three months to go with the challenge. I actually found a shirt stuffed on a shelf in my closet that I totally forgot about proving that “out of sight, out of mind” is so true at my house. I added it to the donation pile without a second glance. I love that!

So now, with my downsized closet, I’ve been thinking up wardrobe combos to best use the items I have in there. I don’t want to be drab, but I definitely don’t want clothes I don’t need busting out my wazoo! That sounds painful!

I also found out that I have a lot of coats. Who knew! I had no idea. Believe me. Doing an inventory of your closet is eye opening.

1) It’s keeps you grounded.

2)Makes you aware of what you have before you buy that next black jacket because you know you already have three at home.

3) Keeps you creative thinking up new ways to wear what you already have.

God is AWESOME! And, I am so glad He has me on this journey! Praise Him! Thanks for everyone’s encouragement on this journey. If you have need encouragement, comment below! I’m here for you!

God bless, y’all!

~Chelle

 

 

Donate 365: Day 334 of a tremendous journey

Oh my goodness.

I have a lot of stuff!

But, that’s what Donate:365 is all about. To learn where this all began, please click here.

After yesterday’s post, I’ve been thinking a lot about what clothing, shoes, pajamas, etc, I actually need.

Today, I’m getting rid of a pair of lake shoes/outdoor shoes. I seriously do not need, already have a pair of lake shoes, and have plenty of shoes that seem to survive the outside just fine. So, I’m even more encouraged to attempt Project 333. I’m ready and excited. It takes a big step to actually take the time to pull out 33 items of clothing and store the rest. I will hopefully get rid of plenty instead of storing it for three months, but you never know. No pressure.

Could you do it? Could you survive with 33 items of anything? I can do it! I’m ready! But, in the meantime, I will get rid of one item a day. ;)

Be blessed, y’all! What did you get rid of today?

~Chelle

Day 333 of Donate:365 – Feelin’ Dead Sexy

Today I gave away a dress. It’s a pretty dress but somewhat outdated. I feel fat in it. I don’t feel dead sexy in it. (Might as well feel dead sexy if I wear it!) So I gave it away. As giving away items usually does, it made me think.

Do ALL my clothes make me feel dead sexy?

No. And, that got me thinking about downsizing my closet some more and how much I truly need. LOVE IT!

Then I discovered that today is Day 333! How appropriate!!! It’s the best day to share a wonderful project with you that I’ve been following for years and am fascinated by — Project 333.

Here is the website, but before you click through, hear me out for a sec.

Here are the basics, straight from the website. Consider this a direct quote, I do not own it, and never claimed to.

The Basics

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

Okay, we will now return to my own brain activities and content. So, the lowdown – 33 items, 3 months, a better life. I totally can do this! According to her website, a new round begins on October 1st. What do y’all think? Could you do it? Let’s do it together! Everything is better with friends! Let me know if you are up for the project by commenting on the post.

Day 333 brings on Project 333. What have I gotten myself into now? LOL To learn where my minimalist journey began, click here.

Be blessed!

~Chelle

Day 332 of Donate:365

The days are ticking away.

I can’t believe I’m already on Day 332 of this Donate:365 journey. To read where it all began, click here.

I’m blessed by this day, and I’m blessed by my readers. I pray this site encourages you to downsize and realize what is most important in your life — whatever that may be.

I am free. I am free to work as I please. I’m free to worship as I please. I am truly blessed by God our Creator. He loves us!

On this journey, I’ve gotten rid of one thing a day — or at least tried to. It seems to have take a turn, where now I am giving up emotional baggage more so than physical items. (Fine by me!) Donate:365 is your personal journey into minimalism — whatever that may be.

Yesterday, I put a bag of clothes in the car. It is still liberating to get rid of things. And, after almost a year of doing this, I still have a ways to go.

Today, I cleaned off my entire kitchen counter except for the microwave. It’s staying. I’m going to only put back the items I desperately need out. The rest will be conveniently stored or given away. I’m tired of stuff on my counter tops. Are you?

Counter tops are my enemy. They become storage collection facilities way to easily. Especially if you are a stacker like my husband and I tend to be. We are both guilty. Seriously. I could try to blame him, but then God would mad at me for lying and then where would I be?

So today, I tackle our kitchen counter. Tomorrow, it’s the book shelf’s top that is right beside our front door. (Having a “junk landing spot” right by your front door is simply the devil if you ask me.)

I have a lot of tackling to do, so I better get with it! God bless, y’all! Stay encouraged! And, Donate:365!

~Chelle

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