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Etta McFadden

Well, I have read all your articles on decluttering, neatness, etc. What you say and the tips you give make for good advice. The bottom line though is that you were basically 'saved' by your fire as horrible as it had to have been. It's easy to start again with a clean slate and make things the way you want them to be. I, however, live in a farmhouse built in the late 1800/1900 hundreds. Old enough to be old but not glorious by the greatest stretch of the imagination. In those days you either had the 'big house' or you were one of the thousands that built a small house part, then added another piece and then another, and so on. Much has been achieved over the years but the house does not have closet space and the slanted walls negate adding in any. Other storage is non existent as well. I think perhaps that the only way I will ever have to make further progress is to have someone 'flic a Bic' at my place. So sad but true. I'm not defeated by any stretch of the imagination but there is a point where you must accept limitations in one's life. Reality does 'bite'.

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Nancy Fisher

Another thing to consider is: Could this item be doing someone else some good, instead of sitting in this box (or shelf, etc.) for the last 20+ or - years?

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Elizabeth Winsauer
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your epic life event- the fire- and how it affected your family and your beautiful child’s grasp of the unimaginable and how she turned it all around with such beautiful words. I’m so glad your family is safe and everyone is thriving. We, too, lost EVERYTHING but not in a fire- in Hurricane Harvey (Houston, TX/ 8/2017). I’m just now (1/2018) able to talk about it without getting upset. We floated out of our house with our pets and kid on pool rafts borrowed from neighbors then watched in utter disbelief and horror (for days) as our home fill with rushing water, sewage, muck, debris. It never stopped raining. Helicopters flew over, rescuing people from rooftops and air boats went by on our street which became a river. We spent five days in the neighborhood, across the street from our house, at our gracious friends, waiting for a safe way out. We witnessed unprecedented floodwaters take down house after house from our vantage point before having to leave there as their home began to take on water and flood. A month later, FEMA red tagged our property as toxic and our belongings were removed with a backhoe. Your article helps me so much in that now I can articulate what I feel in a way that’s so magical. In all that was lost- I, too, was most distraught about the artwork my child created. Time has helped and I now realize that we’re so fortunate to be alive, have a new beginning and believe it or not- I’m really grateful to be free of clutter. We do lots of art projects and I save every one (in a neat and orderly fashion). As far as the loss, I can now see the hidden blessings in all that has happened. Loved reading this. Again, thanks for sharing.
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