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Burden-free Living.

I did it.

I blindly saved my life from clutter and burden. With abandon I removed stuff from my life. I did it! I feel free!

And, I plan to stay that way.

Today, after an hour of clicking and clicking, I deleted not one, not two, but 7,000 emails–dating back to 2010.

It’s been weighing on my heart for awhile now. Seeing that dreaded number when I opened my iPad has haunted me for weeks. When you truly see how many emails you have, it’s eye opening. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been hoarding unread emails for way too long, so today I started from scratch–a new beginning for me in 2015. I’m ready.

I want you to have freedom, too. So, here are some tricks to keeping your email under wraps.

1. Read it and delete it.

I would say a majority of my emails do not need to be kept. Seriously. So, when I read it, I need to delete it. Period.

2. If it’s important, put it in an important folder.

Are you on committees? Have clients? Need to save important things? We all do! Put it in a “folder.” They are easy, fabulous, and you know where to find it later. Be proactive! Stick it in a folder!

3. Unsubscribe

Let’s face it. Right now you have emails in your inbox (maybe from me 🙂 ) that you will never open and never read. (I do hope you read mine!) It’s time to take an inventory of your inbox. What can you politely unsubscribe from?

4. Delete

Just thought this warranted some repetition.

Stuff takes on many different forms, and “digital stuff” is a heavy burden just like too many papers on your desk or too much junk in your closet. I am ridding my life of junk. All kinds.

What’s holding you back? What is a burden for your heart? GET RID OF IT! Be honest with yourself. You have one life, live it. I’m tired of being so stressed that I can’t live life. Are you?

May God bless you richly today.

~Chelle

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! 365 Days of Donate:365

It’s finally here. I did it!!!!! It is Day 365 of Donate:365.

For one year now I’ve been chronicling our simple living, minimalism journey. I’ve donated, trashed or blessed others with 365 items that we thought we needed but didn’t. And, it was easy.

Well…kinda.

I’ve had setbacks, hang-ups, frustrations and annoyances.

More than that, though, I’ve had triumphs, reliefs, joyful freedoms and forgiving moments. It was all worth it and still is.

What I can say I got from Donate:365:

1. The feeling of completing something.

I did it!!! I stuck with something through to the end. I completed my goal. Praise Jesus!

2. I now have at least 365 out of our home.

3. I can now say — barring the desk I have to find a new home for — if we move, I would take everything we own with us to our new home and not have to go through anything.. Do you know how much that means to me?

I am happy. I did it! And, YOU CAN TOO! Just get rid if one thing a day. That’s it. Don’t stress yourself over about downsizing. No matter where you begin, just begin. You can do it! I am here for you!

I have big news about this next year of my life. Stay tuned! That’s for my next post. 😉

Be blessed, and happy downsizing!

~Chelle

Donate:365 – Day 364

Tomorrow marks my one-year anniversary of Donate:365. Wow! What a journey! To see where it all began, click here.

With this challenge coming to a close, I’ve been contemplating what to do next. I’m praying about that now, and tomorrow will post the next leg of this adventure. I’m ready and excited!

Although I haven’t posted every day, I have given away, trashed or donated well more than 365 items. That was my goal, and I completed it! Praise Jesus! Without God on this journey I would have failed. Without His pushes and gentle nudges I wouldn’t have completed this goal. God is awesome. You can do all things through Him who gives you strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Be blessed, you guys! Stay tuned! Tomorrow is Day 365!

~Chelle

Donate 365 – It’s wrapping up!

I can’t believe it! On October 3, 2014, my Donate:365 journey will come to an end. But, I still feel it is only the beginning!

I did it! This journey started not only to declutter our home, but also to stick with something. You see, I never stick with anything. I don’t see things through. So Donate:365 was a challenge for me in succeeding — to show myself that if I set my mind to something I can do it. And, I did it! I am almost there!

I got the new bookshelves in the house. They are GORGEOUS and serve their purpose perfectly. They added  a rustic touch to my kitchen/dining area that I am quite pleased with. I’m happy 🙂

The old shelf has now become the place for all things important. It’s ORGANIZED! I shout it from the rooftops! And, all of my books and papers have a place now, including Little Girl’s homeschool shelf which now is exactly one shelf and not a spilling-over-papers-falling-out mess! Praise JESUS!

I am happy. Some clutter you need. I need those papers for medical appointments. I needs those photos of dear friends and family. I need my stuff. But, I don’t need it vomiting off my shelves messing up my sanity!

That’s gross. Anyway…

My world is turning brighter. I thank God for this journey He has me on. I’m a better person, mom, wife and friend for it. I am happy. And, ready for the next step to begin on October 4, 2014. Be blessed, you guys!

~Chelle

 

 

Day 357 – ish of Donate:365

I’ve been so busy! It’s been good around here. I finally tackled our bedroom, and if you didn’t know, it was CRAZY. Well, I tackled our desk that I should have gotten rid of already, but no one with a truck would/could pick it up. So, my plan for this week is to ask my friend to help me drop it off, then I can mark that off my list. 🙂

That will make me happy. I’ve been super busy, and tomorrow is another day. I acquired two beautiful barn-wood shelves so that should help with some of the clutter I’m dealing with. You know — those papers and books you have to keep? Need a place to store them! Some clutter is required, but at least I can make it look pretty.

My journey is almost over! Then I have big news! Stay tuned!

~Chelle

Day 353 of Donate:365 — Time is Running Out

As my journey winds down, I’m still finding more and more things to get rid of. But, today, I may be considered a re-gifter, or maybe a…

re-donator (or, is it re-donater?)

You see, I already donated these items, or  least thought I did. I carefully placed these items in a box and put them in the trunk of our car in hopes of taking them to the donation site.

And, then they got pushed back inside the trunk.

Waaaaay back.

So far back that when my husband started packing for our recent camping trip, he brought the box back into the house.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Experience my horror when I realized this was a box of already donated items that had never been donated. To make it even worse — it’s all BOOKS! *insert blood-curdling scream here*

And, then it happened. That inkling. That yearning. That nagging feeling that I should look through the box just in case I need anything.

I will not do it! I cannot do it!

I left the box alone. Breathing a sigh of relief, I reevaluated my donation strategy and realized that I’m going right by a place tomorrow. Off to donate I go!

For real this time.

I think as a simple-living minimalist the hardest part is saying no to items I do not need. I don’t have to take it just because someone offers it to me. It is really okay to say no.

So for tonight, just say no. Say no to clutter. Say no to stress. And, breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t have any more stuff.

Be blessed, you guys!

~Chelle

Day 352 of Donate:365

As my Donate:365 journey comes to a close, I’ve been reminiscing about some of the things I’ve gotten rid of in the last 352 days.

Clothes
Books
Furniture
More books

I’m not even sure where to start, I have something to tell y’all. I have so much more to give away. I feel like I’m a hoarder. But, I still have this inkling — this obsession — with getting a house one day. And, when you have a house, you have room for stuff. Not too much stuff. But, at least I’d have places for the stuff I have. Maybe. If not, then I will give it away.

I’m really discouraged about our bedroom. It’s like mayhem, chaos and discouragement all had a baby and our bedroom is the maternity ward. Stuff is everywhere. It’s depressing and discouraging, but I will get through this! One item at a time! That’s what Donate:365 is all about. Discovery. Discovering who you are. Who you truly are. What you like and dislike, and what means the world to you. That’s what this is all about.

Yesterday, I threw away a little lamp. I adore little lamps! I mean…who doesn’t, right? It was super cute — pink and white glass with a cute little hummingbird with this creepy red bead for an eye. But, it’s little wing (Good night I’ve said little a lot!) broke off and wouldn’t glue back right so in the trash it went! I’m proud of myself. Usually, I would keep it in hopes to repair it one day. But, not any more! It’s Donate:365!

So, if you’re been on this journey with me, please chime in. And, if it’s helped you get rid of stuff, let me hear all about it! Be blessed! And, happy downsizing!

~Chelle