Posted by Lisa_Hidgon_Professional_Organizer on October 19, 2012  /   Posted in Blog

This week I am on vacation in Los Angeles, so instead of writing something brand new, I want to see how you all are doing with the “Throw Away” experiment. If you read Clear Thoughts on October 5th, I hope you are participating in getting rid of one thing a day until Thanksgiving. It’s been two weeks. With five weeks to go, you can still jump in.

Some people have told me that it is harder than they thought it would be. Just remember that it doesn’t always have to be big things. One day I threw out a some rusty tweezers, and on another day, some old make up. We literally threw out the kitchen sink last week. Someone picked it up from the curb within 15 minutes. I hope it was a scrap metal collector, and that it is not becoming someone else’s clutter.

Yesterday, since I was traveling, I thought I wouldn’t be able to toss anything, but opportunities arise. Southwest Airlines serves their coffee with a red plastic stirrer with a little heart on it. It’s sooo cute! It wasn’t easy but I resisted the urge to keep it. I gave it to the flight attendant instead of shlepping it to Los Angeles and back home; where it would sit around in some awkward place until I eventually decide that I really never will use it. This illustrates am important point: Getting rid of things can be made vastly easier by not acquiring them in the first place!

My concern for the “Throw Away” participants is that at two weeks in, it may be becoming easy to forget about. Remember to check off each day in your planner, or on a calendar. Also try writing a list of everything that you have let go and post it in a visible place.

Well friends, not to rub it in, but I’m writing this is a sunny courtyard next to a fountain. I know that the Northeast winter is not far away, so I’m going to close and soak up the sun. I would love to hear from you about how your Throw Away is going.

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