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Why am I still relying on the auto-posting thing? I have no idea, because it doesn’t work. I’m sure it’s something that if I sat here, I could figure out… I just am too flailing with other things in my head, it’s very far down the list.

The rest of this week is dedicated to getting rid of things. A giant load was picked up by my friends on Wednesday, bound for a local shelter as I said previously. As well, I’ve been going through some of my son’s things that he no longer plays with, or needs, and we’re paring down. Going to try to go to the consignment shop again today and see if I can get any more money for a few items I no longer need, and if not, I’ll just donate those as well.

It is a great feeling to get rid of… stuff. I just have too much stuff. I’m kind of dreading the holidays. With a kid, everyone wants to get them… stuff.

As a mostly single parent, I can tell you unequivocally that if you want to make my day, get my son gift cards for Target, grocery stores, book stores… even toy stores. That way, when he IS of the age that he can look through a toy store and want something, we can get it. Or, he can get books he’d like. The other things are just to keep diapers on his clean bum.

Not really sure why gift cards get a bad rap with people. They are actually pretty darned personal, seeing as you’re helping someone with money who may be too proud to ask for it, but really need the help.

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Having to actually take out trash, and a lot of it, starting to purge things I haven’t looked at in years, or projects I never started from half baked notions.. it feels good to get rid of things.

I also gave platelets for the first time today, and apparently I’m a champ at that. But it took about 3.5 hours, and my veins feel like swiss cheese.

But I could help save someone by doing that, so temporary pain is a good thing, right?

Also, I’ve tried auto posting a couple times, and that fails, so I just have to write it every day now instead of forward. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s kind of annoying. Oh well.

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I keep listing things on Freecycle and no one is wanting them, but I did get a reply from someone looking for baby clothes and items, so I quickly did one of the cleaning jobs on my list, and went through some of the clothes that the kid has outgrown and came up with another full box of things. I put all the stuff outside for them and got an email later that it’s exactly the size and type of thing they needed, and it makes me very happy to know that not only did I get rid of things that were cluttering up the place, someone else can actually *use* them, which is just wonderful.

There were a lot more than 15 items but since my post didn’t shoot off yesterday for some reason, I figured I’d do a combined one this morning.

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For Day 6, my friend Lauren made a post on Facebook that her workplace was gathering items for [a local shelter](http://safeplace.org/get-involved/give/wishlist/), so I decided to raid my cupboards to do so.

Today I found 6 baby related items to give to the shelter. I’ll have a few more days with things I found that I’m donating this month, but I have a giant basket, and a diaper box, and a wipes box, full of things to give to a good cause.

And, I’m able to downsize to help others, which is awesome.

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A month or so ago I had a friend on Facebook say they needed wine glasses. Well, I finally found the box I put them in today, and there are five of them.

So that will be 5 more items leaving this apartment this month, once our schedules work out.

This makes me very happy.

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In all seriousness, I have a ton going on. Being a mom is time consuming. Working full time is time consuming. Yet, I’d like to try to combine the Minimalists game again this year with NaBloPoMo.

So we’ll see how that goes. I’m not going to get angry if I can’t do every day getting rid of things, at least at first. I have a lot going on, from transitioning out of an old job into transitioning into a new.

But, rather than try to write a novel, which I know is out of reach in my current mindset, I’ll do this instead.

So, #minimalists #1: Goodbye, worry.

Let’s just do this instead.

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Holy crap. it’s the last day of the month. really? I seriously got rid of 465 things either by throwing out or giving them away or selling them? -really-?

I’m more amazed that even after that, I still have thousands of things around here. crazy huh.

Anyway – today, the last day, I got rid of 30 sample sized toiletry items as part of a giant box I am going to sell on Craigslist for cheap. Things like lotion, hotel soaps, etc. Since I have been doing a lot more freebies online, I’m getting a ton more samples, and I wanted to cycle out some older ones / ones I’m just never going to use.

It freed up a ton of room in 2 drawers, which is lovely. 🙂

This has been an amazing project. I’m glad I did both at the same time. I may still continue to do the minimalist game from time to time, too. It’s a good way to stay accountable.

Thanks for following, thanks for reading!

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