Day 3: More Clothes Getting Rehomed + I Got Sparkles in the Mail

 AFTER - I still have work to do but I'm no longer in fear of getting trapped under a clothes avalanche

AFTER - I still have work to do but I'm no longer in fear of getting trapped under a clothes avalanche

 AFTER - I haven't seen the bottom of this top shelf in years!

AFTER - I haven't seen the bottom of this top shelf in years!

I tackled the top of my closet. It had become this mountain of fabric that every now and then would have an avalanche. It was mostly pajamas (like big fuzzy winter ones) and sweatpants. I did however unearth some yoga pants that have been missing for a few years! I now have 3 more bags for the donation pile, bringing the total to 6 with more still to come.

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I am finding that I'm excited to come home from work every day and tackle whatever the days project was. Yesterday was undergarment day, but I had already done that on Day 1 so I did the closet again. Today is shoe day but that's a large project for me so I may save that for the weekend. I'm just trying to make sure I do something every day, no matter what it is.

My new shoes arrived! I am promising myself that I will throw/donate the old shoes to make room for the new! My new sneakers are covered in sparkles and they are awesome! They definitely bring me joy! A coworker gave me the nickname "Sparkles" years ago for my love of all things sparkly and so these shoes definitely fit my personality. I'm going to wear them today so hopefully they are as comfortable they are pretty!

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I also got two pairs of Adidas track pants in the mail yesterday. I love the stripes - one pair is silver and the other is rose gold. I had been nervous about sizing because they only had large in one pair and I have a feeling this ass is still an XL. Both pairs fit but the large was a bit tight around me bum! But (pardon the pun), in 5 to 10 pounds down, I think they'll be perfect.

 The guest room is turning into the staging area for my declutter project. One day (hopefully soon), I will be able to take a selfie without a bunch of crap in the background! What a concept!

The guest room is turning into the staging area for my declutter project. One day (hopefully soon), I will be able to take a selfie without a bunch of crap in the background! What a concept!

After my big whoosh 3-pound drop, the scale only went down .2, but just like the decluttering, any movement is good movement. I know some people are against weighing every day, but for me, I like to see the daily progress and I'm realistic to know that sometimes there will be little to none depending on a whole range of things - salt, time of the month, etc. I haven't weighed yet to day, but as of yesterday, I was 203.2. Every bit that gets me closer to the 100s again is fine with me!

I'm finding the declutter project is making me want to make improvements all around, in all areas of my life - getting back in shape, fixing up my house, decorating...it's just a really positive thing!

The world lost Stephen Hawking last night. I've had the luck/pleasure to work on several projects related to space as part of my job over the years and the universe, the stars, the planets - all of it, will never cease to fill me with wonder. My name is up in space etched on the side of some space hardware (along with a bunch of other people's) and I literally have a planet/star map of my birthday etched on my arm in ink. I could never hope to have the understanding of the universe like Stephen Hawking, but I think having the curiosity and desire to know what's out there and why is something that's so important. People often make fun of me for constantly "doing things" - but it's something that I need and enjoy - keeping my mind busy, trying new things, learning new things, tackling things I don't know how to do. I think that's what keeps you going no matter your circumstances. I'll leave you with three great quotes from Stephen Hawking:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”

“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”

“If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” 

(This last one is especially poignant for me right now so if you are reading this - baby, I love you.)