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Cleaning Out

2015 September 3
by Becky

I shared here about how I’m trying to get life back on track, trading in the “baby fog” stage for something a little more productive…but still fun. Reading through a first draft of this post, I realized I’ve inadvertently used so many of the strategies in The Happiness Project book by Gretchen Rubin. Anyone else read this book? It’s been years, but clearly many of the tips stuck with me. It’s not about making yourself happy, I’m totally happy. It’s about little things that make you happier. 

One of the biggest challenges I posed for myself was a detox, or cleanse if you will. Eating nothing but unprocessed, non-sugary, caffeine-less, anti-dairy, sans-gluten foods to totally clean out my system and rid my body of bad stuff and “tame my sugar dragon”. Just search Whole30 and you’ll get more info than you’d ever want about my current eating habits.

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It’s not as bad as we thought, we pretty much eat the same as we always have. See those mashed potatoes up there? It’s really cauliflower with a little coconut oil, delicious. I just REALLY miss the milk in my daily homemade latte, but am coming around to a truce with almond milk…it’s actually growing on me. Using this recipe, I make it fresh twice a week. Almond butter, nemesis turned new best friend, is the closest thing to a treat as I get through this ordeal. Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Almond Butter drizzled over Honey Crisp apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon? It’s almost like a giant wedge of Russell’s multi-layered cake. Almost (not even close). 

I’ve used this plan as an excuse to make lots of poached eggs…over some curried sweet potato and brussels sprouts hash? Heavenly.

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Maybe it’s the diet or maybe it’s the fact that all my old clothes once again fit, but along with this body clean out, I’m on a rampage to get this house cleaned out. I fear stuff, it clouds my mind and stresses me out. Sometimes I just want to start fresh, get rid of it all. Filling the back of my car with ridiculously old clothes, unwanted baby gear, and miscellaneous crap we’ve kept around for longer than I can believe has been exhilarating. Suits and formal dresses—some from 12 years ago—went in the pile (only after trying them on to confirm THEY FIT, Whoop!) and off to Goodwill. Other stuff is going up on Facebook sale sites. Our bedroom closet looks amazing. And empty.

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No more babies means I can finally empty that tub of stretchy pants and soft, rouched maternity t-shirts. Piles of baby clothes went to Copper Hanger in a giant pre-paid mailer bag to be replaced by cash in my Paypal account. How Finn has grown out of so much so fast, I do not know. I kept a couple pairs of soft pajamas, a going home outfit, a tiny hat…I may have shed a few tiny tears about letting our baby items go to new families. But bouncy chairs and bath tubs are no longer needed here.

Then there’s the third floor closet. It’s nice to have storage but WAY too easy to stuff things away for later. I’m slowly emptying it, channeling Gretchen Rubin, leaving it half-filled with off-season clothes, kid clothes, and the next two years of Finn’s Christmas presents (aka Ethan’s old toys). Oh and Stu’s ratty t-shirt collection hanging in the back there…I may have to start sneaking them out one at a time.

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Most of those bins are full of Ethan’s old clothes. How do they accumulate so fast????!

And then there is the digital clean out.

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Our files are very organized but there’s too many of them, thankfully I’ve kept up with printing our photo albums each year. I’ve been dumping unwanted photos, cutting video files, and obsessively backing up, only to then back up our back up on an external drive to ensure all our myriad files are protected. This involved finally getting my old laptop repaired so I can pull off old movie files that were only ever uploaded to Vimeo instead of saved as a file on our hard drive. I have even gone so far as to get our music files organized…my playlists have never sounded so good.

This fall clean out is just what I needed heading into fall, the beginning of the school year, and the fourth week of my detox. It takes up pretty much every minute of my spare time, it’s kind of addicting, but once done I’ll feel that much lighter. And that much happier!

What do you need to clean out? What’s stopping you? Have you read The Happiness Project?

5 Responses
  1. September 4, 2015

    Invigorating!!! Been doing lots of clean out too. Should really do the detox!!! Too many travels and parties coming up and lots of excuses. Can you do it halfway!!!???!

    • Becky permalink*
      September 7, 2015

      Yes you can do it halfway! I honestly think the “rules” are overboard, just cutting out refined sugar, gluten, and dairy should be a good enough shock for anyone’s system!

  2. September 4, 2015

    Oh my gosh, can I hire you to do my digital clean out? I don’t know why I find that so daunting, but I DO. And I’m behind on photo albums. Bah! I need to make a resolution to get ‘er done.
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    • Becky permalink*
      September 7, 2015

      DO it!! Just think about how miserable it will be if you let it pile up! That thought keeps me organized. :)

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