Letting Go Of Christmas Stuff

I’m going through my Christmas stuff this morning.

More stuff I don’t need…..

I decided I’m letting go of items that don’t make me smile. Items that make me ask myself why did I buy that???

I’ve never really had a theme. It was just a hodgepodge of stuff. I never really put any time into it because I work alot of hours during the holidays and Steve is on the road. I put up a tree just to have a tree up.

This year I want to have a theme. I want to look at my decorations and smile.

Last week I bought this cute gnome.

I know he’s not Christmas colors, but he’s so darn cute.

Tomorrow I’m putting a couple items on Marketplace and if they dont sell I’m bringing them to the consignment shop on Tuesday.

I have items that can go to the thrift store.

Ok. I’ve spent enough time on this.

I have 800 words to type today and I have to work.

I’ll let you what I decide to keep and let go.

Have a great day!

NaNoWriMo Update 2

I’m happy with my word count in the last 10 days.

Nov. 11 273 words

Nov. 12 373 words

Nov. 13 598 words

Nov. 14 0

Nov. 15 0

Nov. 16 759 words

Nov. 17 0

Nov. 18 1249 words

Nov. 19 908 words

Nov. 20 554 words.

Total word count: 4714

I didn’t hit my daily goal of 800 words, but it’s ok.

I had to work on Nov. 14th from 2 til 10 and on Nov. 15 I spent the day with my husband.

I’m further along than when I attempted this in 2017. Nack then I only made it til November 13. For those 13 days my word count was 2,913.

I’m doing way better this time around.

I’m proud of myself.

I’m writing a chapter a day. This is why my word count varies every day and sometimes doesn’t hit my goal for the day.

I decided that instead stopping when I hit 800 words and maybe being in the middle of a chapter that I was going to type a chapter a day.

I’m excited to write every day to see how my novel progresses.

I know the road I need to take to finish. I know how my novel ends and I know the road to get there.

Even if it takes me to the middle of December to finish I will write til the 1st draft is done.

I feel I’m in the middle and all of the fun stuff to write is coming up. I’m excited to see what my muse comes up with.

It’s been a cool process.

I can’t believe I’ve written half of the first draft of my novel in 20 days.

I think I’m standing a little taller these days.

My Kitchen Drawers

Going through the kitchen cabinets and drawers is on my Finishing The Unfinshed list.  So I’m taking a break from NaNoWriMo and going thru a drawer.

I’m tired of my dish towel drawer.  It is a mess. I forgot to take a picture before I cleaned it out but I did take a picture of everything in it.

My drawers remind me of a dresser you would have in a bedroom.

I love the fact that they are so big, but they end up being junk collectors.

The picture below is what I’m letting go of. 

The pot holders are stained and have holes in.  They are going in the garbage.  I don’t like the towels so I’m taking them to the consignment shop.  A girl at work makes the dish clothes.  I have 25 of them.  i love them, but I’m getting rid of 6 because they are showing their age.   The cutting board is cracked.  It’s going in the fire pit.  The pot holders I made when I was a kid.  I’m keeping 2.  They are so small that you can’t do anything with them.  The spoon holder doesn’t work for me.  I don’t like it.  I’m taking it to the consignment shop.   The hot pad is stained.  It’s going in the garbage.

I’m letting go of 19 items!

Here’s what the drawer look like now.

I did buy two new potholders.

Don’t worry I am still writing.  I will give you an update on Sunday.  I haven’t been writing  every day like I hoped, but I’m happy with my progress.

Until Saturday…

NaNoWriteMo Update

Here’s my word count for November 1 -10.

November 1 928 words

November 2 811 words

November 3 851 words

November 4 251 words

November 5 1,039 words

November 6 522 words

November 7 940 words

November 8 808 words

November 9 751 words

November 10 0

Total 6,901 words

Word count goal 8,000

I’m short 1,099 words.

I’m happy with this.

I took yesterday off. I have notes all over the place and I wanted to get everything organized.

I will get back on track today.

So far I’ve written 11 chapters. It’s going good.

The only problem I’ve been having is my characters want to tell me what they want to do in upcoming chapters while I’m at work. I try to take notes and write down as much as I can on my breaks, but I need to concentrate on my job. For some reason they don’t understand this concept and keep interrupting.

What a good problem to have!

How Do I Say Goodbye To My Stuff?

I was thinking last week about how to say goodbye to the items I am dropping off at the resale/thrift store.

Should I sing a little diddy, read a poem or say a prayer?

I wasn’t sure.

On the way to the resale shop this morning the answer pcame to me.  I just started talking to my items.  I thanked them for being with me.  For helping me.  For giving me comfort and joy.  For being my crutch.  For helping me stay stuck.

I told them that I didn’t want to be stuck anymore and that is why I was letting them go.

I wished them well on their next journey.  I hope that they all find great homes where people love them and use them and show them off.

I told them I loved them and  goodbye.  Our time is over but it was great while it lasted.

Happy trails my friends.  I let you go.

I know my goodbye may sound silly to you.  You may be thinking: but chrissy one of the items was just a tube of toothpaste.

I agree.  It is small.  To me it’s small, but to a child or someone the hasn’t worked in months and is short on cash it may feel like a Godsend.

We should never underestimate how far giving goes or what effects it has.

It feels good knowing that many people will benefit from my donations.

I’m grateful today that I have the ability to give, that I had the guts to let the items go and even more guts to drop it off at the resale store instead of keeping it and letting my life proceede as normal.

Heres a pic of what I let go of in 30 days.

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Quite a lot.

Here’s what I what I’m bringing there.

A box of stuff and a comforter from the trailer. A bag of plastic bags and a bag of paper bags.

Stuff.

Stuff that can clutter someone else’s house instead of mine.

Goodbye stuff.

November 5th Update

Here is a picture of my new canisters.

I didn’t want plain canisters, but I love them.  Since they are in the cabinet above the stove I wanted plastic. I’m only 5″5 so I didnt want glass because I was afraid I’ll drop it on my glass top stove. That wouldn’t be good. I bought light blue steel canisters on Amazon but when they arrived they were too small.  These work perfectly.

I’m also getting rid of one item today.

When my aunt moved out of her house in June I grabbed because I thought it was cool looking.  I don’t feel the same way today.

Today and Tuesday I walked 5000 steps.

Here are my NaNoWriMo totals so far.

November 1 928 words

November 2 811 words

November 3 851 words

November 4 251 words

Yesterday I went shopping out of town with my sister and my niece. I didn’t get all of my word count in for the day, but that’s ok. We had a really nice day and it was 63 degrees and I wore shorts!

I’m going to bring my items that I let go of to the resale shop tomorrow. I’m kinda nervous. I’ll post pics tomorrow.

Until then….

Starting Fresh

I use little bottles of shampoo and deodorant when I go to Vegas, at the trailer and in my overnight bag.

Since I haven’t gone to Vegas or anywhere overnight and camping season is over I’ve decided to go thru all these items and get rid of some.

Here’s what I have.

There’s no reason for me to have all of  this stuff.

I’ve decided to keep some of downstairs in my cabinet so I don’t have to upstairs everytime I need deodorant or something.

Heres what I am keeping downstairs.

This is what is am taking upstairs to use up. I know it won’t take long. Some of them are almost empty.

Here is what is not opened. I’m donating it.

I wish I could throw all of the items in a box and donate it but that’s gross. Half used deodorants and mouthwash. Yucky.

When I go to Vegas for New Year’s, I want to bring all new items and start fresh.

Now that that is out of my system I can go work on my novel for an hour or so.

928 words for yesterday.

Great start!

My Office

One of my goals this month is to clean and organize my office.

Here’s what a mess it is.

My plan for this week is going through my desk and organizing my two drawers and cleaning off my desk so it will be easy to type my NaNoWriMo 1st draft.

I’ve been resting on the couch for most of the day. Too windy to cut down trees today. I haven’t rested in a sunday in weeks. It feels good.

I’m going to start typing my first day of 800 words soon.

I’m looking forward to working on this manuscript. It’s been swimming in my head for so long and needs to come out.

I can’t wait to see what it looks like at the end of the month!

November Goals

I made a list of my goals for November.

1.  I want to clean my office and write posts as I organize and declutter. 

2.  I want to let go of 30 more items.  I have a couple of more cabinets to go through in the kitchen and dining/living room. Yes, my office too.

3.  I want to participate in NaNoWriMo.  I know with my work schedule I don’t have time to write 1600 words a day, but I want to try to write 800.

4.  I want to walk 5,000 steps two times a week and eat a little healthier.

5. I want to post two or three times a week.

I’m writing my November goals on paper as I type this post. I’m also writing notes for the posts I want to post this week. I also want to starting working on chapter 1 for tomorrow.

My husband went to bed early so I’m taking advantage of some quiet time.

What are your goals for November?

Is anyone participating in NaNoWriMo?

Happy Halloween!