What’s In Your Hand Bag?

Three weeks ago I sent my hand bag out to get cleaned.

Yes, cleaned. And the zipper repaired.

Over seven years ago I spent over $250 on the purse pictured below in Las Vegas. I pondered on it for over a year and finally bought it. I didn’t want to spend the money, but I did and it was totally worth it.

I bought it at Brighton and with my purchase I get two free hand bag cleanings a year. I call Brighton in advance to let them know I’m sending my hand bag and they clean it and send it back to me.

I received my repaired hand bag back yesterday and as I am putting items back in it this morning I’m wondering if I really need to put back everything that was in it.

This is the perfect time to declutter my purse.

This is what I took out of it.

What do I really need?

My wallet.

The next question is do I really need everything in my wallet?

No. I found five cards that either were expired or the store has closed.

My checkbook. I need this, although I am getting a new checkbook cover. One that expresses who I am. I have one picked out, but I didn’t buy it yet. I hate the one I have now.

I have two coin purses. Do I need both?

The coin purse that has fearless written on it has miscellaneous cards in it. Grocery cards. I don’t use them. I usually give the cashier my phone number. Bank ID cards.

There’s also a bunch of junk. A bank card I haven’t banked at in years. A rewards card for a store that closed two years ago. A discount card for a thrift store that I don’t go into anymore. Place cards from a wedding my husband and attended seven years ago. And a card from the jewelry store we bought our wedding rings at 13 years ago.

All of that junk is in the garbage.

The coin purse with the xoxo on it is all of my room keys from the Vegas hotels I have stayed at. I have been to Vegas nineteen times.

Why do I keep them in my hand bag? I don’t know. I think I’m going to put them with my Vegas stuff in my upstairs cubby. I rarely show them to people and I don’t get them out to look at.

I think I’ll be ok.

My hand bag has two pockets on the outside. One on each side. In one pocket I have my counselor’s card in. I haven’t seen her since before the pandemic. I think I’m going to put them in my desk drawer. On the other side are a couple of loyalty cards that I use frequently and gift cards for Wendy’s and Culver’s and my library card. I also put my key fob in one.

I’m keeping my small flash light (it comes in handy), gum and dental floss.

That’s it. I really don’t have a lot in it.

I’m glad I took the time and went through it. It feels good and it’s lighter.

My hand bag looks amazing and I can’t wait to use it today. I missed it.

I’ve had this hand bag for seven years and I have never thought about buying a different one. I love the leather. I love the hearts on it. I love my matching wallet.

I love it!!!

What’s in your hand bag?

First Draft of 100 Items in 30 Days Complete!

I finished writing the first draft of 100 items in 30 Days.

As many of you know in October I let go of 100 items in 30 days. About halfway through October I wondered why I wasn’t taking notes for a book about my experience so I started taking notes and sticking them in a file.

I have the first draft written in pencil and my goal for March is to type and revise it.

I’ve decided that publishing (traditional or kindle) is going to be my main goal for 2021.

I”m crazy excited about this book and all of the possibilities. More books. A journal to go with the books. Classes.

The sky is the limit.

I have always loved to organize things and have thought about sharing this, but I didnt know what to do.

Now I do.

How exciting!

I will keep you posted on my progress.

My Wedding Dress

My wedding dress has been in a box in the basement for the last 12 years.

Will I ever wear it again?

I don’t think so. I would have to lose 20 pounds to get into it and I don’t see that happening.

Then why do I keep it?

I don’t know.

Usually I don’t think about it or even remember it’s down there, but yesterday I moved all the items out of one room in the basement so my husband could put up shelving to organize stuff better.

Every so often I think about letting it go.

I could donate it to the hospital. They have someone make funeral dresses for babies who are born stillborn. I know this may sound morbid, but it needs to be done. Bless the person that does this.

Sometimes I think about giving it to the thrift store or bringing it to the consignment shop, but that gives me a bad feeling in my stomach.

I never opened the box since it came back from the company I sent it to to get it cleaned to preserve it or whatever they do. I think about opening the box but will I wreck any thing by doing so?

I dont open it.

I sometimes wonder if I let go of my dress does that mean on some level I am letting go of my marriage?

When I think about letting go of my dress this is the question I ask myself. Will letting go of the dress unravel my marriage and will I end up divorced?

I know it’s a little silly to think this way. I think I’m a little superstitious in this respect.

Does anyone else feel this way?

Do you still have your dress? Why?

My mom thinks I should keep it because maybe I will celebrate 25 years. I would be 69 and my husband will be 67. Will we even be alive then?

I’ll probably keep it.

Just wanted to share what thoughts were rolling around in my head this morning while I lay in bad and write this.

Maybe I will look at what is in the box this morning as I’m putting stuff the shelves in the basement…

Writing Projects and Goals For 2021

A couple of weeks ago I read an article on line “Why Throwing out the ‘Old Bananas’ is Imperative to Your Success”  by Gabrielle Garrett.

According the Gabrielle you’re only suppose to have 3 or 4 projects (ripe bananas) that you are currently working on on your desk.  If you have more than that you are putting those projects on the back burner and they are rotting. They need to be removed because they are taking up space in your mind and on your desk.

I totally get that.

My office is filled with rotten bananas.  Unfinished novels and short stories.  Non fiction books.  Essays.

She’s right. They are clogging my mind and office.

After reading the article I decided to put all of the files in my filing cabinet (children’s book ideas, essay ideas, novel ideas) in a bin and put them in the basement.

I had essay and short story files that I worked on once in awhile on my desk and on my coffee table.  I picked out two that I wanted to work on and I put the rest in two small bins with a list of what files are in the bin.

The four writing projects I choose to work on are as follows:


I started writing thos novel for NaNoWriMo last November, but didn’t finish the 1st draft.

My goal is to have the first draft finished by March 31, 2021.

5 Minute Memoir

I’ve been working on this essay to submit to Writer’s Digest for the last two years.  (really rotten banana!)  I keep changing direction and never finish.

My goal is to have this finished and submitted by March 31, 2021.

If You Didn’t Like The Way The Election Turned Out

This article idea came to me after President Biden won the election.  I have a bunch of notes, but I need to complete the essay.

I would like to have the 1st draft of this done by March 15, 2021 and a market in mind to submit it to.

100 Items In 30 Days

As I was letting go of 100 items last October I wondered why I wasn’t writing a book about it.

I was thinking about writing a Kindle book.  Actually 3 books.  I don’t know anything about Kindle so I don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but I want to see what my options are. 

Book 1    100 items in 30 days

Book 2    The next 100

Book 3     Decluttering your work life

The first handwritten draft of book 1 is almost done.  Book 2 and 3 are a bunch of notes in a file.

My goal for Book 1 is the to finish the handwritten draft by March 1st and the typed draft by March 31 and to read five books on Kindle publishing.

Wow!  I have a direction.

Now I have to come up with a schedule.  I’ll have to think about this for awhile.  I’m not sure what is going to work, but I will figure something out.

I sold the end table last week.  It was just a dumping ground for my unfinished writing projects.  

I replaced it with the six cube organizer pictured below.   A cube for each of my writing projects. 

It’s not organized the way I want it to be, but for now it works.

My office isn’t completely organized.  I’ll write about it when is it.

I feel good about my four projects and my direction.

I’ll keep you posted!

Finishing The Unfinished 2021

One of my goals for 2021 is to finish the list of unfinshed tasks I had for 2020.

The 2020 list had 31 items on it.

I finished 8.

I have 23 items to go.

Until yesterday.

I finally cleaned out the last kitchen cabinet.

I’m embarrassed to show you this, but I will any way. This is what my cabinet looked like.

Yeah. It was bad.

Yesterday I took everything off of the two bottom shelves, cleaned and reorganized them. It took me an hour and a half but it was well worth it.

Here is a picture of the containers and stuff I tossed.

I don’t know why I kept all of that stuff and left the cupboard that disorganized for so long. It was such a pain the butt to get items out because I just tossed items in. I’m lucky everything didn’t fall out.

Heres what it looks like now.

Much better.

I smile everytime I open it.

One thing crossed off my list for 2021.

22 more to go.

Savings And Journal Update

I saved $118 in January.

Here’s a picture of the envelopes.

I didn’t think it would add up that quick, but it did.

How cool is that!

I started to read two journals this week. They brought up a lot of emotion from the past for me which is good. It has allowed me to let that emotion go and move on.

I didn’t finish either journal, but I started.

I’m good with that.

I’m also letting go of 7 items.

Have a great day!

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…

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.


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

Goodbye stuff.

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!