Jill Weatherholt

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When in doubt, throw it out!

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The 2013 holiday season is behind us, time to take down the decorations and haul the Christmas tree to the curb. It’s also time to toss the fruitcake because today is Fruitcake Toss Day. Now is your chance to throw out that weighty brick-like mass of sugar, nuts, fruit and alcohol, without the guilt.

I don’t have any fruitcakes to toss, but I did my fair share of tossing over the holiday. I wanted to start 2014 with less stuff. I’ve discovered clutter stifles my creativity, so I made the decision to clear the clutter, during my time off work.

As you may know from previous posts, I’m a book hoarder. I love to read and as a result, I own a ton of books. Even with my Kindle, the hoarding continues, but now it’s done in secret and I don’t worry about running out of shelf space.

Before the holidays, my bookshelves were exploding. Many books were given to a dear friend diagnosed with breast cancer. She was beginning her treatments and needed something to pass the time. I also gave books to a few other friends and to my sister, but still, there were too many books.

The first day of my vacation, I decided to part with my friends. These books weren’t meant to sit on my shelves and accumulate dust. I spent two hours weeding through my bookshelves. I kept the books my mother had read and written her comments, they are special keepsakes.

I loaded my car with 105 books, ready for their new home, on the shelves of my local used bookstore. Although it was hard to say goodbye to friends who made me laugh, cry and provided inspiration, the time was right.

Hours later, I left the store with empty boxes, $25.00 cash and a store credit of over $100.00. The New Year looked promising…more books.

Does the New Year give you the urge to purge?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

96 thoughts on “When in doubt, throw it out!

  1. Definitely! I love a good clear out and doing it now means we can start afresh in the new year. I couldn’t believe it when we returned From our Cornish trip to find that Son (Number One Hoarder) had cleared out his cupboards, divested his shelves of over 50 books and had actually taken stuff to the tip. A good start to 2014 all round, I think. Makes you feel so much better, doesn’t it? Having said that, I still need to take the decorations down. Have that little task ear-marked for Sunday. Have a good weekend Jill, rearranging your sparse bookshelves!

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    • My tree is looking very yellow but I’m of the opinion that it’s not time to take the decorations down until the 6th/the nearest weekend to the 6th.

      Lovely Daughter #1 also astounded me by throwing out bags and bags of rubbish, plus a few old clothes ad books. She has a big room but has always kept it full of junk. It may be the ongoing influence of The Boyfriend, a lovely, and neat, boy. But when I last walked into her room I actually said, do you want to buy anything else for your room? Because it looks cavernous now.

      I must be clearing out season.

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      • Keep an eye on that tree, Denise, I wouldn’t leave the lights plugged in unattended. Boy, both you and Jenny have industrious offspring. It sounds as though “The Boyfriend” is a good influence, that’s always a good thing. I hope you and your family had a great holiday!

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      • That is a very good point about the lights on the tree – I hadn’t thought of that but of course the poor thing has been there for a month without water – what a trooper.

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      • It might be time to toss the tree, Denise. 🙂

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      • It’s waiting in the garage to dry out even more to become excellent kindling.

        A couple of branches dropped off and boy did they go up quick when I put them in the stove!

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      • Thanks for the update, Denise. I was getting worried for your safety. Boy, we could use some of that kindling down here in Charlotte, NC. We shattered a 100 year record low temperature on Tuesday morning. I’m ready for spring!

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    • Jenny, I assumed “tip” meant the dump, but I confess, I Googled it. 🙂 Good for your son, I guess he wanted to start the new year a little lighter too. It really is a good feeling. I actually took down the Christmas decoration on December 26th. I figured it was time since they’d been up since November 1st. You have a good weekend as well, Jenny! Thanks again for sharing your beautiful photos from your trip.

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  2. I’m sure it was no easy task Jill, but now that it’s done I’ll bet you’re feeling 10 times lighter. A good clearing out now and then is healthy for everyone, and I tend to keep up with it throughout the year. A few different charities call me now and then looking for donations, so that’s my opportunity to root through closets and clear out the excess. I’ve got AMVETS coming next week so I will start my new year with a little less clutter, too.

    Now that it’s January, I can officially say see you next month. I will email you soon with the details. For now, we are savoring our last 24 hours in sunny Arizona before returning to the frozen tundra. Happy 2014!

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    • Hey Gwen, Happy New Year! It was a daunting task to decide which books to part with and which to keep, but it was time. When it comes to other “stuff” around the house, like you, I donate every month. I always have at least two bags for the Disabled Veterans or the Charlotte Rescue Mission. The stuff just seems to clone itself. 🙂

      Yay! I can’t wait for your visit. I’ll try an orchestrate some warm weather for you and for me. It was 25 degrees this morning with an 11 degree windchill…I’m not enjoying this one bit. Enjoy your last taste of Arizona, it’s a great place!

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  3. I love to purge. The trouble is, every empty space gets filled. It’s some magical thing that happens. And so, I purge again. Love your post. I too think more clearly in organized spaces if only they would stay that way. Happy New Year Jill!

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    • I know! Like I mentioned to Gwen, this stuff seems to clone itself overnight. I think the charitable organizations here in Charlotte love me, whenever they call I tell them to come on over! I hope you and your family had a great holiday, Dor. I’m looking forward to some snowy scenes from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

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  4. I have a middle stage, though it throws off the rhyming scheme: When in doubt, check eBay to see what people are getting for it, then, if it’s not worth the trouble to list it, throw it out.

    Catchy , huh?

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    • Very catchy, Eric! I thought about looking into eBay, but I don’t think I’d want to deal with all the shipping and trips to the Post Office. I’m curious now, if you’re a book hoarder as well…

      Again, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. I’m sure you gave him a lot of good laughs. A good sense of humor is a must for our journey. Happy New Year to you and your family, Eric.

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  5. Books procreate. I throw some out and then the baskets are full again. I think they do it in the dark. We did a major cleanout last year and hauled it to the local library which has a used book store. Today I am going to find every piece of bad (as in good) food and toss it. I have some cake left over and a few cookies. When it gets to be about this time I am so sick of rich or sweet food. That doesn’t hold true for chocolate though.

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  6. Yes, I am purging today. Happy ebook hoarding to us. 🙂

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    • Good for you, Jolyse! When I purchased my Kindle, I never knew I would fall in love so quickly. The best thing is when you’re reading a series and as soon as you finish the last page of Book 1, with a few touches, Book 2 is in your hands…what a great invention! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      • I love the immediacy of ebook reading too. I have learned to check before buying the first book of a series to make certain all the books are available before I start. I hate waiting.

        This is a reader characteristic that I am now aware of as a writer. If I’m going to self-publish any series, I would do all the books at once.

        Enjoy the extra space your purging has accomplished. 🙂

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      • I don’t like waiting either, so that’s a good idea. You’re right on, Jolyse…write the entire series at once, so the reader doesn’t have a chance to forget. I knew you were a smart cookie. 🙂

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  7. sure does – but someone else will have to throw my books out…

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  8. I keep the house decorated until twelfth night; I love seeing the Christmas lights as I walk back home. I usually attack the clutter during the holiday but I have had a nasty cold since Boxing Day so decluttering has been postponed. However, I’m not convinced books are clutter; even if I run out of shelves and there are stacks of books round me it doesn’t have a negative effect on my creativity. Do you ever end up buyng another copy of a book you have sold or given away?

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    • I’m sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather, Lynne. That’s the good thing about clutter, it will wait until you feel better. 🙂 I’m with you, I don’t consider books as clutter. After I worked on my bookshelves, I tackled drawers, closets…everything, I was on a roll.

      Um…yes, I’ve bought books and discovered I’ve got an unread copy of the same book on my shelf. I assume by your question, you’re guilty of this as well? If so, I feel a little better.

      Happy New Year! I hope you’re feeling better soon.

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  9. Good move Jill. I think we sometimes attach too much emotion to books. Cold-hearted is the way to go. You’d never read them again anyway and you have taken from them what you wanted.
    Now, all those good people waiting until the 12th day to take down the tree etc. Did anyone actually wait until Christmas Eve to put them up? They did in former times, I’m told.

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    • Thanks, Roy. I feel good with my decision to part with my stock piled books. You’re right, I’m not going to read them again.

      As far as the Christmas decorations, I must confess, I put ours up on November 1st, but they promptly came down on December 26th…I was done. 🙂

      Happy New Year, Roy!

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  10. Jill, I think it does. I don’t have time for a big project, but I am trying to do one drawer or shelf or whatnot each day. We’ll see how it goes!

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    • One drawer or closet at a time is a great way to clear the clutter. Unfortunately or fortunately, I had large blocks of time on my hands during my Christmas break, so one drawer turned into another and other…I was exhausted by the time I went back to work. 🙂 Happy New Year to you and your family, Luanne!

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  11. The purging of books is a bone of contention between me and my wife! I inherited so many beautiful history books from my dad, but I was able to part with many over the last few years; especially with my wife’s “encouragement”. We have an ongoing rule: one book in, one book out. I think I really do need to get a Kindle, though…

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    • That’s a great ongoing rule, Ian. I do the same with purses…another item I have a tendency to hoard. I can understand how it might be difficult to part with books from your father. As I mentioned, I held on to all of the books where my mother wrote her comments on the inside cover. Honestly, I never thought in a million years I would purchase a Kindle, I was a paper book kind of gal, but I love it! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  12. Hah! Jill, getting book credits for getting rid of my books is something I would do as well. It does feel good to get rid of the clutter though, at least for a little while. I don’t think the process ever ends. 🙂 Hope you had a great New Year!

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    • LOL! You’re right, Phillip, it’s never ending. There are times when I know I haven’t brought anything new into the house, but I always find stuff to donate each month. Yeah, the book credit was cool, plus the store has DVDs, as well as music, so I’m good to go for a while. Happy New Year to you and your wife!

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  13. As I read your post, I looked around our cluttered living room and sighed loudly. It has happened again. Things clutter most available surfaces. Both my husband and I have repeatedly committed to stopping the clutter but it really creeps up on us. Christmas tally – 4 new hardcover books between the two of us. Better than other years. The best we can seem to manage is to agree to get rid of 4 old books since we brought 4 new ones in. I admire your strength.

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    • Thanks, Francis, but it was difficult. As I packed up the books, I held several in my hand wondering if I might want to read them again, but then I caught a glimpse of the unread books and into the box they went. It was a good feeling to know that the books gathering dust, might be read again by someone else.

      You hit the nail on the head with clutter collecting on available surfaces. Our kitchen island could get out of control with mail, but the day it comes in, it goes out the same day. The junk goes into the garbage and the bills get paid. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Francis!

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  14. Hi Jill, I’m catching up slowly and good to be back and reading your lovely blog! What a lovely idea to share your books in this way for others to enjoy, and also to gain an impressive store credit into the bargain! More books to come I’m sure 😉

    I felt energised just reading this post and I can really relate as this is the one time of the year when I do feel that having a good sort out and de-clutter is the best time. Like Jenny and Denise, our Christmas decs are still up and plan to take them down this weekend (it’s a Brit thing!) but we are also moving Nicky as you know so I think it will be Monday before I get to it now!

    My daughter has had a huge clear out of her room and asked me to take her shopping to buy lots of storage containers. I’m so glad as her room was so messy but even she admitted it was getting her down! Looks wonderful now. If only I could say the same for the rest of the house!

    Happy New Year Jill, here’s to a wonderful writing 2014 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sherri! I’m so happy to see you and your blog back for the new year. I was thrilled to hear about Nicky’s big move…how happy you must be.

      I must admit, I was shocked by the amount of store credit I received. I plan to donate some of the credit to a local school as I can’t see myself using the entire credit anytime soon. I did purchase a couple of DVDs I had been looking for. Unfortunately they didn’t have a copy of The Sound of Music, but I’ll keep checking with them.

      I’m happy to hear your daughter jumped on the clear the clutter band wagon. Oh, I love storage containers, they’re a great investment and the best way to stay organized.

      Happy New Year to you and your family, Sherri! If you need a beta reader for your book…I’m available! 🙂

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      • Ahh, thanks so much Jill. Yes, a new year and a new start in so many ways…it is great to know that Nicky has returned to Brighton where he was happiest before everything kicked off with his ex and he has some great friends who have been wonderful (and his big brother there too!). Although he is further away from me now we will still see him regularly and anyway, so much better than seeing more of him but knowing he was so unhappy…what a time it’s been!!

        It would be lovely if you could get a copy of The Sound of Music wouldn’t it??!!

        Now here is my ignorance…what is a ‘beta reader’? 🙂

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      • I’m happy Nicky will be close to his brother in Brighton. I think it was a very smart move…a great way to start a new year. In simple terms, a beta reader provides feedback on a completed manuscript. Can you tell I’m anxious to read your book, Sherri? 🙂

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      • Yes, you are right Jill, a very smart move and I feel so much better knowing he is back there. It will be like old times when we would go down there and see both boys at the same time. Nicky belongs in Brighton 🙂

        Ahhh, I thought that’s what a beta reader might do but wanted to check! So my answer is a resounding ‘Yes Please!!’ What a lovely offer and you have really spurred me on. I’ve been in a bit of a funk (will be posting tomorrow for my blogiversary and trying to get going) but think I’m coming out of it slowly…thanks Jill, you are a star 🙂

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      • I can relate to your “funk”, Sherri. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk myself. We’ll push through it and come out stronger. I would be honored to read your memoir. I was captivated by your published magazine article, it left me wanting more. I’m here when you’re ready. Let me be the first to wish you Happy Blogiversary! xo

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  15. My husband and I go through periods of clearing our house of clutter, mostly stuff that we take to Goodwill or the local library. But somehow, our house never looks any different 🙂 And then there’s so darn Barnes & Noble discount coupons I get … I think for every book we give up, we buy two.

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    • Oh, I failed to mention my Barnes and Noble gift cards, Marie. I have a dear friend who sends me a B&N gift card for my birthday and Christmas. I currently have around $75 to spend…I guess it’s good that I cleared up some shelf space. 🙂 I agree with you about the house not looking any different. Despite donating clothes every month, my closets are still exploding. Happy New Year to you and your husband!

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  16. I meant to say, “there’s those darn …” (typing with fingernails …)

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  17. I donated all over 200 books to the library several years ago, but alas…I’m still collecting. 🙂 For the past two years before Christmas I’ve gone through my closets and attic and cleaned out everything I’d not worn or used for a year. A lot of the clothes and other items were new with the tags still on. But I figured if I’d not worn them or used it for a year, they were going to charity. I hate clutter, but there always seems to be plenty around me. So I understand your need to purge. I have the feeling on a daily basis. No fruitcake here either, but if I’d had one I’d have given it to my ex. He loves them. 🙂

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    • It’s funny, we donate and they keep coming back…books, they’re magical. 🙂 I’m so happy to read I’m not the only one who makes the clothes with tags discovery, Elizabeth. I feel so ashamed when I make that discovery, like you, if I’ve had it for over a year and never wore it, in the donation bag it goes. It’s funny because some weekends I wake up with the feeling that I just want to get rid of stuff and there’s no stopping me. I think in my next life I’d like to be a professional organizer. 🙂 Interesting about your ex, I guess fruitcake is an acquired taste. Happy New Year, Elizabeth!

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  18. There is always room for more books on a shelf! Think of the possibilities with that $100 credit! I haven’t gotten the urge to purge yet probably because the only urge I have right now is to hide in a heated fox hole until winter is over! BRrrrrrrrrrr! 🙂 🙂

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    • Hey Brick! There’s always room when you start stacking them the way I was. The shelves certainly wouldn’t have made it into Better Homes and Garden. 🙂 Yes, I have the store credit and as I mentioned in my comment to Marie, I have $75 in Barnes and Nobles gift cards. I think I must accept the fact that I need to purchase a new bookcase. 🙂 I know! Can you believe this crazy weather. You’re freezing up there and we’re even freezing here in the South. Tuesday morning they’re predicting a low of 9 degrees. Should make for a nice two block walk from my parking deck, to my building downtown. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr is right! Happy New Year, Maria!

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  19. I’m going to purge a bunch of those professional books that I ‘should’ read and get to the shelf loads of books I’ve accumulated that I WANT to read. So I can get more books. Alas, I’m hopeless.

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  20. Oh man, I can so relate, Jill! My bookshelves are crazy. I used to cart mine to Halfprice Bookstore. But they started giving less and less money. So now I have stacks of books on my kitchen floor, waiting for a new home. Glad you were able to purge yours. Happy New Year! You now have room for new books. 🙂

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    • LOL! I know! I remember the picture you posted on your blog. I should have asked you if I could have used it for my post. 🙂 I also donate books to charitable organizations, you don’t get any money, but it makes you feel good. I think I need to invest in some new bookcases before I purchase more books. My dream would be to have one room with built in bookshelves on every wall. 🙂 Happy New Year, Linda!

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  21. Hi Jill, I’m glad you still have a used bookstore in your area where you can take your books. I know it was difficult parting with your friends, but they will now become friends with others:-) I feel the urge to purge once in a while. However, my ever persistent friend, Ms. Procrastinator without fail will drop in to pay a visit and we end up spending way too much time together!

    I must admit that I cleaned up some drawers last Sunday and it was a win-win situation…I parted with stuff that I can no longer make use of AND I found some hidden cash:-)

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    • Hey Elaine! Happy New Year! I loved your post today, such an inspiration! You know, it was difficult to find a used bookstore in the area, unfortunately, they’re disappearing. I had to travel almost 40 miles roundtrip…that was the closest one. LOL…I know about Ms. Procrastinator, she often pays me a visit when I want to write…then I end up cleaning. 😦 Nice! Finding some hidden cash…it almost makes you want to clean in hopes of finding more. Good luck on your treasure hunt, Elaine!

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  22. I’m proud of you, Jill. That’s a hard thing to do.
    Like you, I keep the extra special, most favorite books, plus the ones my mother made notes in and loved to read. Beyond that, it’s still hard. Last year I told a neighbor girl (who’d just gotten her driver’s license) that if she’d cover over with boxes and quickly take away any books I pointed to, they were hers to sell or give away. She did both, making some nice gas money at the used book store, but she also chose some to keep and shared some with her friends.
    Now I’m glad it did it, but it was hard at the time.

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    • Thanks, Marylin. When all was said and done, it did feel good to let go of so many books that would never be read again, at least by me. What a nice idea to have your neighbor quickly pack up the books you pointed to, it ensured no turning back. I love when books are shared. You never know when a book you share might turn someone into an avid reader.

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  23. I, too, have collected SO many books, and have done a major purge half a dozen times. And I’m with you–clutter makes it impossible for me to think, write, be creative. It’s worse than noise–it’s screams in it’s own way. And the New Year always goads me to pare down. But so does every change of season. I’m finding that it really is true, that less is more. Life is so much easier when it’s simpler.

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  24. I agree, Tracy, the clutter does feel like it screams. Taking time to clear it out always provides me with peace. I’m the same, when the seasons change, the urge is always stronger. Here’s to living a simpler life in 2014! Happy New Year!

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  25. I totally had the urge to purge! I’ve been meaning to go through my closets and get rid of clothing/shoes/handbags, all of that. I can’t stand having “stuff” around that isn’t being put to use. The furthest I got on this was to pull a bunch of clothes off of hangers and int a pile which has since been shifted all over my room and may or may not have been used as an improvised bed by my darling dog. I’m not of to such a great start so far.

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    • LOL…it’s time to get your darling dog his own bed, put those clothes into a bag and call a charitable organization, most will do a monthly pickups. I know when you put your mind to something, you can do it. 🙂 It’s time to get rid of the “stuff”…Happy New Year, Aussa!

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  26. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I wish her well and how kind of you to give her books. I never have the urge to purge, which is a major problem. We finally did some purging six months ago and truth be known, we probably need to do it again. Not sure I’m a hoarder. I think the term for me is lazy.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Thank you so much. My friend is doing well, her strength is amazing. If you don’t ever get the urge to purge, you might just need to make yourself do it. I doubt that you’re lazy…take a look at your blog. 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

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  27. Jill, like you, I have a very real need to start the year off with less clutter and other types of detritus that I’ve accumulated over the past year! And now that I’m back from our holiday travels, I will find some time to make inroads into getting rid of books I no longer want or need, clean out my cabinets, and clear off this very cluttered writing desk top. Along those same lines, I spent several hours the other day doing some “house cleaning” of my MacBook by FINALLY cleaning up the desktop, moving Scrivener files into appropriate folders, and trashing those files I don’t want or need. So, in a sense, I’ve kind of followed your lead and begun the “Great New Year’s Purge,” although it doesn’t sound quite as romantic as “Fruitcake Toss Day”! Kudos to you for doing your friend a very important act of kindness. It will mean a lot to her, I’m sure. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Mark, I can only hope my friend finds some comfort in the books I shared. Your comment provided a great reminder on performing “house cleaning” on our computers. Honestly, that was on my list to do while I was off work for the holidays, but I got so involved in the actual house cleaning and purging, I forgot my computer. I have a lot to backed up and purge. Thanks for the reminder! Congratulations on the publication of your short story…great way to start the year!

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  28. Jill, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am like a packrat when it comes to books. Just can’t seem to get them out the door. Nice post.

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  29. Excellent post Jill. Yes New Year gives me a lot of urge to purge. I have started to clean up my book shelves as well and the rest of the nick and corners of the house to get rid of so much stuff that I do not need anymore. It is very nice of you to give books away to your friend. I hope she is doing well. There are two used book stores in my area and I will gather some books for them. Your post has served as a motivator for me to get active and clean up everything. Thanks for this reminder. Take care Jill and God bless.

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    • Thank you, Samina! Happy New Year to you and your family! I can’t wait for your first post of the new year. My friend is doing very well, thank you for asking. I’m so happy to hear my post has been motivating for you. Clearing out my books and clutter within the house has been motivating for me as well. I’m ready to clear some more! 🙂 Talk to you soon!

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  30. LOL. It does. More of a tidy up and winter clean. Stuck indoors, it makes so much more sense to clean now than in the spring. 😉 I am a book boarder too. My mom was amazed that the first thing I did when I moved home was set up 3 bookcases of books. That made it home for me.

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  31. I did a post relating to this, as well. I was amazed at how much e-clutter that I had accumulated. FB pages I never visit, FB “friends” that I never communicated with, e-mail lists I had no interest in.

    I did a purge of books a while back. That’s probably the most difficult area of my life to focus on. Good for you for being able to do it. I am planning a move across country (don’t know when, exactly) and keep thinking I am going to have to get real about how much of this “stuff” I want to take with me.

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    • You touched on another issue that must be addressed when it comes to clutter, the e-clutter. I have so many e-mails that I need to delete on my personal e-mail, it’s crazy. Today at work, I deleted over 1500 e-mails that I had saved “just in case.” Some of these dated back to December of 2012!
      Moving across country…how exciting! I’m curious where you’re moving. Having moved from Virginia to Florida and then to North Carolina, I had to get very real as to what “stuff” I wanted to take. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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      • I had a ton of “just in case” e-mails, voicemails, and texts. It’s amazing what we hang on to.

        I live in Alberta, Canada now and my intention is to move to Miscou Island, New Brunswick. It’s absolutely beautiful and the perfect place to write.

        All the best to you!

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      • That is on my “To Do” list, to rid my bulging in box of those “just in case e-mails.” I appreciate the reminder! I’ve tried to follow your blog, but I can’t get your posts delivered to my e-mail. Do you have a follow by e-mail option that I’m missing? My parents took a trip to New Brunswick many years ago, their photos were beautiful! Good luck with your move.

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  32. I’ve taken down my Christmas tree, packed up the decorations, changed the guest beds and vacuumed, but I still haven’t decided what to do with the gifts I received–what drawer to put them in or whether I really want to keep everything. And the gifts I do keep suggest getting rid of something else. You’re right, it’s closet cleaning time.
    But must we throw away the fruitcake. I know, I didn’t receive one either, but I do have fond memories of the fruitcakes my mom used to make. They were delicious. All those dry, heavy cakes sold through mail order catalogs gave them a bad name.

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    • You’ve been busy! You’re right, the mail order catalogs are what gave fruitcake a bad wrap. I too have fond memories of my mother’s rum cake, it was similar to the fruit cake. If you receive a fruitcake next year, not mail order, enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  33. I am a bit of a hoarder too when it comes to books. Thankfully, I mostly borrow from the library so I don’t have to worry about purging my bookshelves. It’s kind of you to offer me your copy of Fault in Our Star. I will take you up on it. Thanks.

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    • My pleasure, Rajni. The book is like brand new and it’s just sitting on my shelf. Now that I know you’re right down the road from me, I’ll let you know when I get ready to do another purge of my bookshelves. 🙂

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  34. I am a total book hoarder. A move caused me to give away 8 boxes of books. But don’t worry, I still have about 10 boxes to my name.

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  35. My husband thinks buying a book is a permanent relationship! I like to rotate them in and out. Needless to say, that occasionally causes a little conflict! But, on to your question – yes, the New Year makes me want to clean out.

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    • I used to agree with your husband, but the more books I purchased, they were taking over the house. The New Year and spring makes me want to clear out the clutter for sure. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  36. I’ve been purging (in fits and starts) since August, determined to give away/toss 365 things prior to next August. I’ve done several book purges, but the biggest pile of stuff is paper. Real paper. E-paper. Don’t know why it’s hard to get rid of that stuff, but sorting through it requires the same process (for me) as sorting through photos (won’t go there right now…) and books. Pathetic. 🙂

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    • I’m the same way with paper, Natine. I have piles of posts I’ve printed from writing websites and also piles from on line courses. Basically, it’s a fire hazard. Now that I’ve tackled my books, I should do the same with the papers. Thanks for the reminder!

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