Jill Of Some Trades

And Master Of At Least One


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Never Can Say Goodbye – Except to These Things

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Bye Bye shoes and other assorted goodies…

It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved friend or family member, but letting go of things is surprisingly easy for me.  I’ve kept a promise to myself to get rid of clothing every weekend with the goal of being finished by the end of this month and I’m almost there.

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Time to toss these items…

Here is my tally from the last two weeks:

Donating

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 bathing suit cover up
  • 1 skort (not a typo – a fabulous combination of the best of both worlds for skirt loving short wearers)
  • 3 tops
  • 3 coats
  • 1 scarf
  • 6 purses (not a typo either)
  • TOTAL = 18 items!!!
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Part 1 of the donation pile – I should have donated the Tigger purse a long time ago. I’ll miss it, of course, but maybe it’s time to make a toddler happy.

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I hope that these coats help keep someone warm this fall!

Tossing

  • 1 top
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 2 sports bras (I know – TMI)
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 baseball hat
  • 1 watch box
  • 1 egg cup
  • 1 camera case
  • 1 dreidel
  • TOTAL – 10 items
  • GRAND TOTAL – 28 more items out of my place
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Time to toss…

You may have noticed some knick knacks creeping their way in…as I come across these items, I take a look and see if they make the cut.  Some of the items including the baseball cap are associated with fond memories.  I’ll always have the memory, but I no longer need tangible proof of it.  I never look at these items, so why keep them?  Yes, the Easter dinner that I was invited to many years ago was a lovely memory, but an egg cup isn’t needed to remind me of it.  Dr. Oz and his colleagues are right – decluttering your physical space is emotionally healthy.  There are, for sure, sentimental items that I will keep, but that’s because they are associated with a particular person or milestone, not just a distant memory.

If you have coats, particularly winter coats, now is a great time to donate them.  Many people can’t afford cold weather protection and would greatly appreciate your cast offs.  This brings me back to my usual moment of gratitude.  Today, I am grateful that I have the means to buy a winter coat when many other can’t afford one.

I’m back to being…

Gratefully yours,

Jill


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Some House Keeping – Literally ; Accepting the New And Ice Bucket Challenges

The death of a laptop is never an easy thing to digest.  Like grief, there are 7 steps:

  • Denial – how can it completely die?  If I press the button ten times in a row, surely it will come on…
  • Pain and guilt – Wow, this is going to hurt my wallet – what a pain.  I feel such guilt over the clothes that I bought after just investing in a laptop.
  • Anger and bargaining – Stupid laptop – why did you have to die on me?  I’ll never leave you uncharged again if you come back to life.
  • Depression, reflection and loneliness – I’m so sad I had to pay for a new lap top.  It’s so expensive.  Reflecting on it made me realize that my iPad just isn’t enough.  I feel so lonely for my old computer – knowing how to copy and paste was so nice!
  • The upward turn – but wait – this isn’t so bad – the MacBook Pro has so many great features, and it’s really user friendly and I feel cooler saying that I use a Mac instead of an HP.  Really, how many people do you hear saying “I’m an HP girl…I love my HP…”
  • Reconstruction and working through – wait – oh that’s where my pictures went…the data transfer wasn’t a big fail.  
  • Acceptance and hope – I accept that this lap top is a step up – and so pretty!  I hope that it lasts for at least 5 years1

So – I’m loving the transition and learning a new operating system.  Plus, the meditation that I’ve been doing on Dr. Oz’s advice has helped me accept the inevitability of computer death.  I’m so happy that I only have 3 meditations left and my 21 day experience is over.  Meditation is wrought with pressure for me as much as I love Doprah.  I’ll do the next one when it comes up, but I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of turning my brain off and I’m ok with that.

The next order of business is a report on my decluttering.  Here is the tally from last weekend:

Garbage:

  • 1 set of sheets (is that one item or two?)
  • 1 pair of shoes – beyond repair
  • TOTAL – 2 ITEMS

Donate:

  • 4 pairs of shoes
  • 2 skirts
  • 1 blouse
  • 1 robe
  • 1 dress
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 top
  • 4 sweaters
  • 1 faux fur shrug
  • TOTAL 17 ITEMS
  • GRAND TOTAL – 19 items

I still have half of a closet and 7 drawers to go through before I finish my clothing.  Two more weeks and hopefully, I can continue on with other decluttering.

Last, but not least, inspired by Dr. Oz’s fearlessness and the value of a worthy cause, I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Check out the link below.  Before you naysayers say how ridiculous the whole challenge is, please remember that ALS was not on the tip of everyone’s tongue before this social media phenomena.  It gives the spotlight to a really terrible disease that is badly in need of some help.  If it takes dumping a bucket of water on my head to help, I’m game.  Remember, cancer, heart disease and diabetes affect millions more people, but you can survive and live a long life if you, heaven forbid, are diagnosed with one of these diseases.  ALS is another story and I’m happy that this viral campaign made it top of mind for a moment in time.  

Today, like many people, I’m deeply saddened by the death of Joan Rivers.  I grew up watching her and was a fan of “The Fashion Police”.  She had chutzpah – having the guts to say what many of us thought.  I really thought she was going to live forever.  I’m grateful, today, for the laughs that she gave me over the years.  

Gratefully and a bit mistily yours,

Jill


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Decluttering – An Oath to Myself

In pursuit of decluttering for my emotional and physical well-being, I promise myself the following:

-I will no longer be a cardigan collector – I’m not Mr. Rogers – may he rest in peace.

-I will not become a hoodie hoarder – I think I’m pretty safe since I only have 3.  

-I will stop being a sweater sweetheart – how many merino wool v-necks does someone really need?

-I will quit being a top tart cold turkey – unless a really super cute one catches my eye…

-I will not be a skirt chaser.  I have plenty – too much of a good thing is just…well, too much of a good thing.

-I will stop panting after yoga pants.  They aren’t a fashion statement.

-I will not be a purse pusher.  I’m on a major moratorium and haven’t shelled out for a handbag in one year, two months and 13 days – but who is keeping track?  

-I will quit being a shoe sherpa.  I will remember that I only have two feet and  that I can only wear one pair at a time.

Thank you to Amforte66 for all of the kind words and for inspiring this post through a simple comment.  Check out her fabulous blog at  http://amforte66.wordpress.com/ 


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Revisiting My Cupboard – Part 2

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Another week, another cupboard to clean out.  Today, in between getting ready to go out and coming home, I’ve prepared another donation bag in my quest to declutter my life and transform my health.  If Dr. Oz is wrong about the health benefits of paring down my goods (sounds so retail when I say that)…I’ll be one upset blogger.  I do think he is on to something though.  I think that it’s good for me to do this project for a variety of reasons:

  • It’s therapeutic to do something repetitive and mindless.  
  • It’s giving me a chance to see what I really need to buy for the fall.  I think I got into a rut of buying “basics”.  You can always use an extra black cardigan – right?  Wrong…I have 6 – but that’s not counting the multitude of colours and styles of cardigans that I have.  I have some nice things and more basics than I really need.  It’s time to find a few things that I really love in limited quantities of course
  • The emotional part (or what should be emotional) is that it’s forcing me to get rid of things that I’ve been hanging on to.  The fact is that I’m not going to miss any of these items and once they leave my house, I’ll never think of them again.  I guess that makes me fickle or cold?
  • One person’s trash is somebody else’s treasure.  I purge annually, so this isn’t a new thing for me.  What is new, is how ruthless I am being.  Every item is being considered and things that used to mindlessly make the cut, are now on their way to somebody else’s closet.  I was at a party this weekend, and I bumped into someone that I was thrilled to see.  What made me even happier, was to see her wearing one of my old tops.  I loved that top, but she loved it more, so 6 years ago, I gave it to her along with a few other items.  Usually, I give my clothes to charity, but she asked, to go through my bag, and it’s nice to see something that I used to like wearing make somebody else so happy.

So what’s the tally this week?  Here you go voyeurs:

Garbage

1 sweater (very pill-y)

1 pair of jeans

2 items in total

Donate

1 blouse

1 purse

10 sweaters

12 items in total

Total for the week – 14 items + 1 smelly lipstick that should have made the cut three weeks ago. It STINKS and it was brown.  I was wearing a brown outfit so thought I’d go all matchy-matchy.  It looked like I had dirt on my lips – not a good look for anyone.  It’s now exactly where it belongs – in the trash.  My overall clothing total for the past two weeks is 43 items out of the closet and I still have more to go.  Really, life can’t get any better than this!

Today, I am eternally grateful that I had the ability to let go of a smelly lipstick and the wisdom to know that walking around looking like you just ate a mud-pie is never a good look for anyone.  I’m also grateful that I’ll have the chance to share more wisdom that I learned from the Kardashian’s with you this week so stay tuned!