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Let start by saying no offense to

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anyone who has posted here but I have decided that my biggest issue with decluttering is getting up and doing something vs. sitting and reading a bunch of how to’s. LOL I could read all day long and enjoy every minute of “learning” but that does not get my house decluttered. Anyone here relate?

If your house is THAT leaky

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then you’re probably paying WAY more for your heating/cooling than you should be. Make that a priority next spring – it should save TONS of money. As a stopgap, try finding some of the 3M film that you put over your windows. If that’s where the big leaks are, you’ll see an improvement in both the dust level AND the heating bill.

Last year after I kicked out the ex

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I went to JCP and found some flattering dresses and blouses, pants that each cost under $10 each and bought them. Actually, I was forced to since I lost about 60lbs and nothing fit.

I have realized that I seldom spend money on me and I do actually deserve to have a pedicure from time to time and a manicure since I don’t do that for myself and I do deserve to look good in nice clothing, I don’t have to wear farm/dog clothes all the time. Working for a financial company, it’s OK for me to spend some money on makeup and accessories. *I* feel terrific when I put in the effort and it is noticed. I always look presentable, but there is a difference between nice and presentable. And we absolutely HAVE to spend money on foundation garments, there is no point in buying the wallyworld cheap stuff since its uncomfortable and secondly, doesn’t last very long.

My issue is still the blasted dust in the house (going to work on that problem this year to figure out where the dickens it is coming from) and if the fix is re-carpeting the house using tax refund money so its manageable for me, then so be it. I’m done with driving myself crazy because I just never seem to get ahead and it’s damn near soul destroying. I’d rather have to vacuum a couple of times a week because I just cannot keep the house dust free and its driving me nuts having to wash plates and pots and pans BEFORE cooking because of the amount of dust. Not to mention its just plain unhealthy.

As for de-cluttering, I have things I use seasonally so there is no point in ditching those items (mostly for the livestock, lambing supplies, de-icers etc etc etc) but I need a better organization system. At this point, my hands are tied when trying to organize because of the dust. So, dust-fix first, then I’ll work on the organization aspect. I went through a lot of boxes etc when looking for what the ex left me, so I’m keeping it all boxed up until I get the dust issue resolved. Pain in the butt when I’m digging for reference books.

I think you and I are going in the same direction, Liz

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I used to do this on rotation (pre Dave days): Once per week I would either: have a pedicure, a massage, a facial or my hair colored/cut. Usually a massage would be in the mix every other week. I looked terrific, but I was blowing money like crazy. I went from having my hair cut/colored every 5 weeks to every 12 weeks (yikes!!!!). What happened to me???? I haven’t indulged in the pedicures or facials in over a year, I know what happened. I got the Dave fever and cut everything either out or minimalized it. I realize that I’ve become an extremist, to the extremes. . I’ve had one massage (because of gift cards) in the past year. This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but I have a huge Vitamin D deficiency that I’m constantly battling, and the massages really do help. When we were in FL state we use and I just had a huge breast cancer scare. This has made me throw the towel in. I’m going to get my hair done regularly. I’ll have an occasional massage, and maybe a facial once or twice a year. The pedicure….ummm….whatever…my nails look nicer since I haven’t indulged. Bras???? Well, guys don’t get this, but a decent Wacoal is going to cost around $50. That’s worth it for a bra I’ll have for a few years. Clothes? I deserve to look nice. I’ve been wearing the same go to out fits for the past 8 or 9 years. Cindy, buy clothes that look nice on you. Who cares about the size. I just did the same, and I love Talbots because their clothes are classic and the styles don’t change. You need to feel that you look nice. Do it for yourself. Honestly, we need to take care of ourselves and feel good about ourselves, along with taking care of the family finances. I finally decided life isn’t all about money; sometimes, it needs to be about me too. I’ve left the “me” out of the picture for way too long. I’ve got everyone (business, home, kids, college, retirement, etc.) covered but I didn’t think I should be included. I was wrong…I do count, too. This is the year of me. I purchased everything on clearance so I should be good for the year, but I did it. I spent money on myself (finally) and I feel ok with it. Now….I just need to get a hair appt. and maybe a facial scheduled…