I say it every year because it’s true: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.
This year, I’m especially grateful for a year of clear scans and the slow but steady return of my energy; for the health insurance that keeps those scans relatively affordable; for friends, family and clients who make each day a pleasure; and most of all for you, for taking the time to read my blog posts.
These days we’re inundated with emails, blog posts, newspaper articles, magazine articles and an unending stream of information from the internet that can feel completely overwhelming. The fact that you take the time to read my posts is a gift I don’t take for granted.
I wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving Holidays and the joy that will come from getting rid of anything you don’t use this year during the Holiday celebrations. That tattered cornucopia that just isn’t special anymore, a tedious time-consuming recipe you’re finally ready to stop “forgetting” to make for Thanksgiving, or the pile of specially saved tablecloths that somehow seem dated and faded when you pull them out to set the table.
When we clear out the clutter, there’s room for something new to come in. Not just stuff, although we all know how easily that can happen, but new attitudes, new experiences, new appreciation for the ordinary, everyday joys that’ll take your breath away if you pause for a moment to notice them. I wish you many, many such everyday joys in the year ahead.
Decluttering Bingo 2019 Edition
As you gather this Thanksgiving, please take a moment in between the turkey and the pie to play Decluttering Bingo with your guests. Score one point for each of the following items you have in your house:
- Pumpkins. So cute, so adorable, right up to Halloween. If yours are still lurking, it’s time to feed the squirrels.
- A Holiday catalog you’ve been saving from last year. The new ones are heading for your mailbox like snowflakes at the start of a blizzard.
- An item of clothing you were saving to wear over the summer that you didn’t get around to wearing. Extra points if it’s a bathing suit.
- A magazine that says “September 2019” or earlier no matter how interesting it looks.
- A pen that doesn’t immediately work.
- A pretty journal you have yet to write in.
- A cough drop with lint on it.
- An unidentifiable key.
- A plastic bag. Score two points if you find it behind the microwave or under the couch.
- A melted candle. Bonus points if you never liked the smell.
- A Christmas card from someone you can’t remember.
- A book that bores you.
- An unused calendar for any year other than 2020.
- A cushion you always move out of your way when you sit down.
- A sliver of soap you’re saving to use when things get really tough.
- A record when you don’t have a record player.
- A computer cord you couldn’t match to a device if your life depended on it.
- That crusty jar of maple syrup at the back of the cupboard.
What’s Your Score?
If you scored 1 – 6 points, your house may have its clutter here and there but you’re doing really well.
If you scored 6 – 12 points, perhaps you’ve just had a baby or moved house? Something dramatic may have stopped your decluttering or maybe you’ve just gotten used to seeing it lie around. Time to act!
If you scored 12 points or more, we need to talk!
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! This is an update for a post that originally ran in my Longmont Times-Call column. It’s still timely and I still want to know your score!
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