I have tried to use my time inside productively even though I honestly haven't felt like accomplishing much. I touched briefly on how we are decluttering around our house and have slowly but surely worked my way around the house with only a few area's left. I have noticed the more we have decluttered the better I have felt. We are taking the items that we would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald house in a nearby city. For those that aren't familiar with this place. It is a home paid for by McDonalds for those with children in the hospital to stay in for free. The donations they receive help provide the comforts of being at home for those that stay there for one night or many nights and sometimes long term depending on the stay of the child in the hospital. I had no idea they needed donations and I am very happy to be able to help provide items for them. The items they do not need they donate to other places that are in need so no matter what things we donate will be used. This is such a great feeling.
I have also notice the more we have decluttered the less I care to buy. In fact sadly when I go to the antique shops or markets I see things and think to myself we have had one of those and donated it, or we don't need that we have this that works just fine. Many items I see are duplicate ideas of the same origin and I just don't get very excited about spending hard earned money on them. I think I can honestly say part of my feeling bla is that the "fun" or "joy" of going shopping and spending money is gone since my priority's have changed. I'm not saying that is a bad thing but I used to get excited over a new purchase or item and have so much fun shopping. Now honestly I get more excitement out of paying off debt and seeing how I can use our money toward achieving future goals than I do shopping. I do go shopping at the markets to replace things that are worn out, but not to just buy something because. I can see the difference when I go to leave and have nothing in hand because nothing was there that I needed. Big difference and huge change in how I shop! There is nothing wrong with this shift in shopping but it is taking me some time to adjust to the things I find enjoyment in. My "hobby" of antique shopping isn't as much fun so I need to find something else to do for fun. I am just in a transition stage and that is always a bit awkward until we adjust. I think I am finally starting to come around. I have a bit of pep in my step again and feel more upbeat.
Enjoy and embrace the changes around you it is what makes this journey interesting. Happy Weekend :)