Oct 22, 2009

The First Step Toward De-Stressing: Declutter

I've been feeling overwhelmed lately. My to-do list is a mile long, which is nothing new. But I'm finding my situation particularly distressing because I had found a happy place, mentally, when the whole hospitalization/illness thing hit and I just haven't been able to get back to that happy place since.

A good way to describe my emotional state right now is weighed down. And when I get this way, I find decluttering to be extremely appealing. The literal removal of excess weight helps me feel mentally lighter.

I'm at the point where I'm tempted to just pile everything into the car and drop it all off at Goodwill or Salvation Army. Without documenting or itemizing for taxes. The stress relief might be worth foregoing the deduction.

But then I think about the medical bills that I have to pay in the next one to two months, and the effort I put into saving money by shopping smart. With the amount of stuff we have to give away, I'm guessing we're talking a tax deduction that's worth a couple hundred dollars all told. I don't want to give that money up.

So posting might be light for a week or two as I make time to document the items that I want gone from my house. Maybe I'll even find some items that will make for a good giveaway :)

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