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rosymamacita in St. Petersburg is doing 24 things including…

Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place

11 cheers


rosymamacita has written 9 entries about this goal

You Know, I'm going to mark this as done

even though I don’t really have a place for everything I have with me. Because I’ve done so much purging and sorting and storing.

Besides, starting over, it’s going to be a whole new thing, as I rebuild a home elsewhere.

This is a good time in my life for this goal

Purge it.

Store it.

Carry it across the country.

That last category makes it much easier to say good bye to non loved things. And moving into someone else’s house for a while makes it easier to store some of those loved things in a basement somewhere because I won’t use them or have space for them where I’ll be living. This means, I will have that distance to them, and if I need to, I will be able to let them go, too. It’s just stuff. We shouldn’t let things lead our lives. That’s what I believe, but it’s hard. Change can be really good, even though it’s tough.

Under My Couch

I got ambitious, got the broom, lay down on the ground and swept under there (it’s very low and covered with a slipcover.)

Here is what I found.

A mini magnetic drawing pad.
Calculator that the kids use as a “computer”
Half a dozen balls.
A dumdum pop.
A little cat.
A plastic rattle/teething ring.
A soft cloth book.
Three sponge swords (homemade.)
Book, “Little Gorilla.”
A coloring book.
A porpoise.
Two plastic fish.
One squeeze starfish.
One seahorse water gun.
A shark.
A monster truck.
A bumble bee maraca.
Two plastic cups.
A plastic mini baseball bat.
A cow.
A horse.
A dinosaur.
My hairbrush.
One baby pacifier with teddy bear clip.
One boy pacifier.
One mini play do container.
A sponge “T.”
Bunny rabbit bubble container.
A goose.
A drawing pencil.
A baby hat.
My missing sunglasses.
No less than four of my shoes—no matches, all singles.
One THOUSAND cheerios.

There was, however, no whale. Do you think he found a more exclusive hidey hole? It was a bit like Times Square for toys under there.

While I Pack

I’ve been trying to think about where these things will go in the new place.

Will I have a spot for them, or will they stay in the box I am packing them in right now?

I found so many old papers. I must keep them, but do I have room in my files? Not really. I have stuff for my active files that I’m still using. This is a hard one, because I’m a writer, so I have lots of paper. I’m also a teacher, and I have a lot of writing for that, too.

This idea keeps me from holding on to things that are not really important or really useful. I’m working on it. It’s a hard mind-shift, actually, learning not to hold onto things. But I do not want to keep all this stuff in my life. I don’t want to be cluttered in home and head.

Breathing is good. Breathing room.

Prophylactic Thinking

I haven’t moved yet, but I know that now there are things I DON’T have a place for, and I want to make sure I have a place for them in the new place. Or there are things that I struggled to find a place for and only recently have.

bags and suitcases
jewelry and accessories
my sweaters
my art work
my art supplies
my active writing supplies
my inactive files
recycling: bottles and cans, newspapers
Kids books
Kids stored clothes
Pots and pans
Silverware and knives
Kitchen supplies
Mixing bowls
Pantry Items
Paper Goods
Cleaning Supplies (where kids can’t reach them)

God I hope the new place has good closets and cabinets. I get in there this week to take a look around. I hope this all works out.

So we'll be moving soon, although I don't know yet where to

and I’m taking it as an opportunity to only bring lovely, loved and functional things with us.

No junky chairs or tables. No holey clothes. No antique shoes. No random papers from 10 years ago. No books that we don’t read.

Where ever we go, I will try to start out with a place for everything, then it will be easier to keep everything in its place.

And I think it will be easier to get S to leave things behind than it is to get him to throw things away.

This entry came from the 'Get Organized' goal that I am marking as done-- because having both of these goals is not very organized

These are the projects I am working on in my life:

Cooking and feeding my family healthy meals, researching, planning meals, finding recipes, keeping recipe book up to date, shopping

Going on adventures with my kids, creativity, trips, learning adventures, cooking adventures, playgroups, etc

Cleaning and purging the apartment, daily routine (lol), one room a week, laundry, etc

Photography (project365, photblog and organizing what I’ve got)

Mythos (revision)

43T (to be honest)


Friends (emailing, inviting over, phone calls, keeping in contact)

Business and forms (health insurance, Ivy’s birth certificate, soical security card, etc)

Mom Creates, book on creativity and motherhood (this is mostly collecting writings that I am doing elsewhere, blog, 43T, journal, etc)

The things I am not doing, but keep on my list:

Writing Poetry
Getting Published

Truth is,

I should get rid of half my goals on this list. A lot of them kind of go together and are just about semantics. I’m holding on to them because… I want to keep things that people have cheered???? I don’t know.

I should also make sure that I am using 43T to be more productive, not to procrastinate or fill the time. I have so little free time. It’s a great community, but I don’t have the time to build my role in this community.

I also can’t put my energy into returning every cheer I get and using up all the cheers I have to give. I don’t want to not cheer people, and I don’t want to stop reading people’s movement on their goals, but if I have an hour of the kids napping, I can spend it on 43T returning all the cheers that I always get when I should be doing something else, or I can do that something else before the baby starts crying…. like right now, there she goes.

Ofcourse, I’m writing this now after I did my painting. And I’m letting those 4 cheers languish away, too. It almost feels sacreligious.


Need to Purge!!!!!

Toss everything away. We do not need this many books that we don’t read. We do not need these many ratty old clothes. We do not need to save plastic grocery bags. We do not need old shoes that haven’t been worn in years. We do not need stacks of old papers. We do not need unattractive, hand me down furniture that just serves as a place to put clutter.

Purge. Purge. Purge.

Learn to throw things away!

rosymamacita has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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