Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WoW: Exfoliate stuff (off the web)

As I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago, I've decided to shift the focus of my Wednesday posts to cover all of the good and important things in life, both on and off the web.

Inspired by by Wake Up Wednesdays (and Super Heroes of Service) over at I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar, many of my posts will be challenges -- things to do this week and report back next Wednesday. I'm busy, you're busy, we're all busy, so these "assignments" (should you choose to accept them) will be something small and simple and easily accomplished in just a few minutes.

So, this week's challenge:  
 exfoliate 50 things.

Last year as part of the Housewife MacGyver series over on just Lu, I featured and interviewed Jess from Makeunder My Life, a blog all about living life with purpose and intention. The driving philosophy behind a made-under life is that whatever isn’t serving a positive purpose in our lives is hiding our best selves. (You can read more about Jess' philosophy and her awesome 4-step make-under plan here, and the author who originally inspired Jess here.)

So, grab a box and start exfoliating. I'm doing this too, and I am a major pack rat, so if I can do it, you can too! If you'd prefer to start smaller, start with just 10 things, or you can start with what Jess calls an end of the week exfoliation, getting rid of one thing each week. 

However much you decide to exfoliate, how do you decide if something is worthy of exfoliation?

If you no longer need, use, or love it, exfoliate it. 
“If you don’t know what to do with it, or where to put it or why you ever bought it in the first place, or if looking at it depresses you, throw it out! Never keep anything that makes you look heavy or feel heavy.”-Gail Blanke, author of Throw Out Fifty Things
Fifty things seems like a lot, but break it down -- 10 things from 5 rooms in your house, or fewer things if you have more rooms. From my son's toy box alone I already have close to 20 things that he and I are no longer needing, using, or loving. :)

I'm dividing my 50 things into 3 boxes: 
  • list on Freecycle or donate to the local thrift store
  • throw away or recycle
  • give away (to a specific person)
Next week, I'll show you my boxes -- I've only just started and already it feels fantastic to be getting rid of things, even for my pack rat self!

Happy exfoliating! 

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of two sweet little things (except on the days that they aren't) and the wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She is the proud author of this weekly Wednesdays on the Web (WotW) segment here on Housewife Eclectic and spends the other days of the week blogging about crafts and whatever else comes up at just Lu.

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