So this is post two in my year-long "I'm going to do this this year" series of blogs. In February, I talked about wanting to travel more, specifically to Scotland (the country of my blood) during the holidays. That was such a fun post to write and it gave me a chance to daydream over the picture of Edinburgh that still makes me sigh. Travel, check.
This month, instead of dreaming and planning, I'm talking about taking action and doing something I've been telling myself I needed to do for, well, probably years. A recent Facebook Post went viral; a post that suggested a 40-days/40 bags. 40 days at this time of year refers, of course, to the Easter season (having been raised Catholic, I can fully relate). A number of my friends were jumping on board. What I really liked about this idea was that instead of "sacrificing" something (let's face it, most of us can't give up anytying for 40 days for Lent. Well, I never could, LOL), this effort strives to have you clean stuff out and donate 40 bags of "stuff" to charity.
I started a few weeks ago (ahead of schedule) and ended up taking about 6 bags (so far) to my friend's office as she's scheduling a charity pickup in April. I will fully admit this wasn't purely altruistic. The same friend had a bed she was giving me and, well, I needed to do some serious cleaning out. Love killing two birds with one stone (in theory <G>). The great thing was, once I got started, I found it difficult to stop.
I don't know about you, but I'm finding the older I get, the easier it is to part with things. Things I never thought I could let go.Maybe it's because I'm not married, don't have kids, and really don't like the idea of leaving a relative with so much crap to go through (my poor cousin). Seeing all this was a definite wake up call. I couldn't believe how much I've accumulated in my life. Definitely time to unload and pass on.
Clothes I hadn't worn in the last 6 months went. Same with shoes. Toys (I'm a collector) went into a separate box, linens, silly doo-hickies (yes, that's a word today), crafting supplies that can go to schools or day care centers. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about this except now I must address the rather large elephant in my house...books.
I may have hit the wall. Get rid of books?! Aaaak!! Even in this day and age, I'm still a print girl and the idea of giving any away? It almost hurts my heart. But what good are they sitting on a shelf (having already been read), especially if I'm not going to read them again? No good at all. And so, soon, the ASPCA will get a carload (or two or three) of cookbooks, biographies, crime novels, mysteries and, alas, romances. It'll do double good, right? Raise money for charity and give someone some pleasure reading. Yes, that's what I'll have to tell myself. As I go through the, well, let's just say I could give Ikea a run for its money when it comes to bookcases. And boxes. And floorspace...
Um, yeah. I'm a work in progress. :)
How about you? Anyone else up for the challenge? Even if it's one room, it can make a big difference!
Until next time, happy reading!
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart currently writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. When she's not writing, you can find her at fan conventions, at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing service for writers. Her next Heartwarming release will be A DAD FOR CHARLIE, book 3 in the Butterfly Harbor series coming in August, 2017. Her brand new release, STRAIGHT TO HIS HEART, a Kindle Worlds novella, is a sweet romance addition to Marina Adair's St. Helena Vineyard series. You can find her online at www.authorannastewart.com.