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May. Purging challenge. Days 16, 17 and 18.

Remember the closet upstairs? 30 things.. 30 THINGS were thrown from that closet over the last couple of days. I can actually walk in there. I can see the floor. I am accepting congratulations.

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The other 15 were old towels, bed sheets and more old clothes. And a body pillow. Oh body pillow, that thing saved me during my last months of pregnancy when good night’s sleep was becoming something more of a memory than a reality. Sleeping with it was better but it was still a challenge.. trying to turn and then having to move it with me to the other side then settling again.. fun times.

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There is something meditative in sorting things and throwing / donating them. So happy I decided to stick with this challenge.



May. Purging challenge. Day 15.

Charlotte Bronte and Jerome. K. Jerome. Somerset Maugham and O’Henry. These are a few writers that my dad considered to be a “must-read”. There were a few dozens more but that’s what I found in my book case and these books are leaving today.

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I feel sad. Not because I am donating them but because Maya will probably be listening to audio books (like her dad) or will be reading them from an e-reader (like her mom). I still love paper books but I have to be honest with myself. Times have changed. And I am not sure I will sound convincing enough telling Maya to read “Three men in a boat”.

I will not be re-reading these books. I have a list of what I actually want to read and I do not have enough free time to read even a fraction of books that are on that list. Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Diane Setterfield, Lisa Si, Hanya Yanagihara. There is no longer time and place in my life for Charlotte Bronte and Somerset Maugham.

I still feel like I am doing something sacrilegious.


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May. Purging challenge. Days 13 and 14.

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  • 2 big light bulbs.
  • 2 small light bulbs.
  • 1 expired sunscreen.
  • 3 door stoppers.
  • 2 underwires from the old swim suit.
  • 2 old swim suits (4 pieces total).
  • 1 pair of extra padding from the old swim suit. (This list is starting to look like the poem “This is the house that Jack built” :)))))
  • 1 pair of old warm socks.
  • 1 unidentified long red piece of fabric.
  • 2 old camisoles.
  • 1 pair of tights.
  • 2 pairs of leg warmers.
  • 3 bottles of Martin’s perfume that have been standing in the cabinet for ever and he hasn’t used them a single time in 5 years that I have known him. Of course I asked him first.
  • 3 more items that I cannot remember. I was too happy to throw those things that I forgot to take a picture. Oh well.

The moral of the story – I cannot believe I have this much junk in the house!!!!!!! The fight will continue tomorrow.


May. Purging challenge. Days 10 and 11.

I had a Board meeting till 10:30 last night. Writing a blog post was not even considered to be an option.

This is what is leaving my house today in a garbage bag. Papers and cassette tapes.

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Like I said, throwing out 25 pages might not seem much. But it is. It means that when we decide to move and I need to pack the house, there are 15 pages that I will not have to put in a box. They will no longer take space in my book case. I will not have to look at them and think where else can I move them so that I do not have to think about them.

Cassette tapes. They came together with a language magazine. I do not have a cassette player. I haven’t had one in ages so how am I even supposed to play them? Who will I play them for? No hesitation. All of that goes down the garbage chute. And I breathe out. My virtual weight keeps going down.

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May. Purging challenge. Days 8 and 9.

Damn this “13 reasons why”. It is too good so we end up watching two or even three episodes every evening. As a result I have to catch up with my blog the day after.

Yesterday it was a bunch of old underwear and bras. Sorry for too much information. For your own sake I will NOT be posting a picture of that. Nobody needs to see a picture of that 🙂

Today was actually very special. I am a member of a facebook group of frugal mommies and I have already given out a lot of Maya’s things there. We received a portable DVD player for Christmas that we opened and put back in the box – we have too many gadgets as it is. I have a tablet, Martin has a tablet, even Maya has a tablet (her grandpa gave her one). We have 6 laptops in the house (DO NOT ask me where they came from as I think they are multiplying at night when we are sleeping), one stationary PC, chromecast, raspberry pie, 3 phones and I am not even sure how many cameras. As you can see, the portable DVD was the odd one out that needed to go.

So I wrote a post in the group about DVD player and immediately got 12-15 interested moms. One of them stood out. She sent me a private message which is actually against the rules of the group. The interested person is allowed to send a pm only after the seller tells them too. Anyway, after I read the message I knew who to give the DVD player to.

This woman is a great aunt to a kid who was diagnozed with leukemia 3 weeks before his 7th birthday. She told me the whole story in person. She needed that DVD as a prize for a ruffle draw they are going to organize where all the proceeds will go to the family. The story was worth breaking the rules and I feel honoured to have been able to help someone who is in greater need that I have ever been in.

After I came back, I started looking through things that she might use during that event. I found a few jewelry pieces, an authentic Estee Lauder make up bag and an IKEA candle holder that is in great condition and that we haven’t used in ages. I hope she will take those things and that they can get something for them  which will help that little kid’s family. Even if it is just enough to cover parking costs at Sick Kids for a few days.

it feels amazing when decluttering turns into  something much more meaningful.

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May. Purging challenge. Days 6 and 7.

Yesterday we were watching “13 reasons why” after a long battle of putting Maya to bed. When I myself finally snuggled under the comforter I realized that I completely forgot to write a post even though I made sure I took a picture of the stuff that was leaving the house earlier during the day.

I wrote about a drawer that exists in every house that is full of odd things that seem not to fit anywhere else. Well, I am sure that every household has a nook in the wall, a closet or even a room that serves exactly the same purpose – a place where the stuff goes when guests unexpectedly are coming over. We actually have three places like this – a closet right by the door with our outwear and shoes, den aka man’s cave, and a huge closet upstairs for Martin’s tools and scuba diving and skiing gear. For the den and the closet upstairs I will need Martin’s help but right now he is refusing saying that he doesn’t have time. Sigh. I still have a lot in those rooms though that I can sort through myself.

Yesterday I took out about 20-25 planks of wood from the broken bed frame, some unidentified IKEA accessories, leftover ceramic tiles that were used for our upstairs bathroom renovation, and a few other “renovation” leftovers that we are not going to use.

Now I can actually walk into the closet. There is a lot to do there still but I am optimistic as I really like how it is all going so far.

As for today, I have put aside even more clothes and wire hangers. We have enough of regular ones so I do not feel bad getting rid of them.