Posts Tagged ‘Christian Minimalist’

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

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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

Day 241 of Donate:365

I must say…today I am a little frustrated.

You see. I have too much stuff. Well, actually my family members have too much. I’m so annoyed and frustrated.

I read a brief tidbit of a post yesterday that spoke of walking through your house with boxes and filling them up with everything you don’t use regularly. Then you tape the boxes up for 30 days. At the end of 30 days you see if you actually needed anything out of them. I’m going to try this. I feel the need for a batch cleansing. I can’t handle this anymore. I have donated several things since we last spoke.

Day 236: a headband

Day 237: Green shears

Day 238: Kid’s clothes

Day 238: a yellow tank top

Day 239: A lap desk

Day 240: A book that I’m taking to my church for reference. (Hey! It’s out of our house!)

Day 241: Today. Oh, what shall I get rid of today? Let me look around….

I found it!!! The chair at my vanity lost a screw and somewhat fell apart BEFORE I hilariously fell on my rump. Thank God! So, I replaced it with another chair that I will keep because it was my grandpa’s, which made me think –“Why didn’t I replace it years ago??!?!” I love how God downsizes for me!

I have so much to do. There is always more clothes to wash. Always something to put up. I can’t do this anymore. I am discouraged 😦 But, I will be uplifted soon! Jesus is with me!

God bless y’all! Get rid of one thing today! You will feel better for it!

~Chelle

 

Day 215 of Donate:365 – Another One Bites the Dust!

Woohoo to Day 215!

So, for today, I tossed another blank sweater in the donate box.

How many of these things do I have?!?!?!

LOL

Anyway…

I’ve been cleaning and rearranging today. I get really angry when I have to clean. Guess that’s why I need a simple, minimalist home. Then it’s as much as I want to manage.

How much have you donated? Let me know!

God bless!

~Chelle

Day 214 of Donate:365

It’s Day 214!

Since I last posted, I took three trash bags to the donate place, 13 books to the library book sale box, and just set out a three-shelf entertainment center at the curb for pick-up.

Woo! It’s been crazy!

Tonight, I’m going through the filing cabinet and hopefully moving some stuff around. God bless, y’all! Keep donating!

~Chelle

Day 210…continued

God told me to donate this so here ya go!

God bless!

~Chelle

Day 206 of Donate:365

These last six days COMPLETELY got away from me! Sorry about that!

 

I’m now on Day 206 of this journey. For the last six days, here is my list of items I’ve given away:

Day 201: A dress I’m delusional to think I fit in.

Day 202: A stockpile of headbands I never wear.

Day 203: The remnants from my makeup drawer. Some things I trashed, some things I donated, such as make-up bags.

Day 204: Clothes, shoes, and toys from Little Girl’s room that she has never seen since they were in a storage bin. (Not technically mine, but it’s in my house, so there.)

Day 205: A Home Interiors (remember them?) portrait of a little girl that’s been following me around for 20+ years.  God bless her!

Day 206: Today, I am washing a shirt that will go in the donate bin, because I like to pass things on clean.

So that’s that! I’m on my way! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!!!!! Be blessed today! And, pass one thing on you don’t need.

God bless!

~Chelle