Day 7 of the 10 Day Challenge

Here we are 7 days in and I’ve only accomplished the first challenge! Look at all of the stuff I’ve cleared out. The pile to the right is donation and the one on the left is garbage, and I thought the garbage would all fit into a plastic grocery bag.  Yes, it has taken me much longer than the allotted 1 day, but after the very first day I could feel my mind clearing out, having room to breathe and an overall much calmer feeling.

The next challenge is to stop stuff from coming in.  You’ll remember a week ago I said that I was going to stop unnecessary shopping. It’s been a full week and I have kept my resolution.  The other step is to stop junk mail from coming in, according to this article, you can go to and opt out of junk mail.  This is something I really need to get a hold of.  We have several companies that send both my husband and I copies of their catalogs, they must know that I don’t like to share. I went through my email and unsubscribed to many “junk” mailers.  I do this every New Year. After all the  consumerism of the holidays, it just starts to feel yucky.  It really starts with Halloween, buy all that candy (we get over 1,000 trick-or-treaters, so its a LOT of candy) then decorate the house, then right into Thanksgiving and all that food.  Then the big season starts. By New Years Day, I’m done!  According to this article, you can go to and opt out of junk mail.  Do you have any rituals, (not resolutions) that you do at the start of each year to prepare for the upcoming year?

Next is clearing out and organizing the kitchen.  It may be a few more days before I have any time to report on my progress.


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