Admitting you have a problem with clutter is the first step, as in 12 Step Program (CA), for those afflicted, and that is me.

I joined (CA) Clutterer’s group last year, after many years of being in denial, but I realized that I did have a serious problem when one day I was cleaning my closets and was surrounded by clothing, and other things that caused me to become overwhelmed, and I just began to cry.  I never realized how much “stuff’ I had, and when I saw just some of it all spread out, I realized there was a serious problem, only getting larger if not dealt with with some structured method, and changing my thoughts about stuff in general.   I have purged many things, clothing and household items over these past months, with high and low times of enthusiasm and hopelessness. It is not an easy process, many thoughts and emotions arise when purging items that have been in your life “forever’  why we have them is always a big question when we finally start looking at all of the stuff…seems it has just always been there, and although we don’t really “use” it any longer, or even need it, we can’t let it go….so many things cause this problem for my husband and I.  Are we hoarders?  Maybe so, not only do we have our own stuff, we have our friends and families stuff as well, our house, garage and shed is full of stuff, our yard is also full.  What is the solution?   I find the 12 Step program for clutterer’s helpful, and I also follow  some minimalism and the “be more with less” philosophy blog sites on line, they are very helpful and inspirational.   Lots of good information, new ways to think about things, consumerism culture….keeping up with the Jonese’s, “don’t keep up with the Jonese’s, they’re broke” is Dave Ramsey’s quote,  one very inspiring quote for me.  I am a work in progress and i believe it took some time to accumulate, and will take some time to become minimalist in my life and spirit…..consistency is the key ingredient, and don’t bring more into the space.   It is a lifestyle, and mindfulness about what is necessary, needed as opposed to wanted, and freedom from the bondage of consumerism, and things, debt, work and sacrificing your time to this bondage of things, stuff.  Anything that is not useful is clutter.  I am struggling between myself being a fashionista, and wanting to become a minimalist.   Not an easy task.

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Why Nursing is the ‘Bedrock’ of Healthcare

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SHARING MY WORLD

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SHARING MY WORLD

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I Love Gray, it is my Favorite Color.

What could be more simple than to discuss my love for Gray!?  Gray is my most favorite color, it has been for the past 6 years.

When my hair started turning gray, I began to like wearing gray clothing, everything looked so nice with my hair color.  I have, and love everything I’ve ever brought that is gray, and I will buy doubles even , gray khaki’s, grey t-shirts, sweaters, light gray, darker gray,  and gray stripes, even undies and bras.  Now, I don’t just wear gray totally though, I mix it with pink and black mostly, for some reason it is my go-to color, and I always feel good wearing gray.

I have beautiful gray boots, a few pair actually, suede, and leather, love them.  Gray suede loafer flats, and grey pumps, beautiful.  Gray is the perfect neutral, it looks good with beige, tan, and black, as well as white, cream and pink, light yellow and mint green.  It looks good with everything really.  Need I say I also have a few gray pocketbooks, one that is beige, gray and tan, looks great, just love it.

My hair is blonder now, but I still wear my gray, actually I am thinking about returning to my gray roots, and adding white/silver highlights to my longer pixie cut, probably later in season, July/August.  Can’t wait to do so.

Gray is not boring, it just goes well with everything, and is a much better staple than black, because black is difficult to wear in the summer, whereas gray comes in lighter colors, as well as darker tones for fall/winter, can’t go wrong.  I love Gray…..”Gray hair and clothing too”, I have a Pinterest board called exactly that.

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What are your flaws?

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Meaningless?

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