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Fly Lady: My favorite things

Today, a song from the Sound of Music keep playing in my head; My Favorite Things. This is the God Breeze for my musing. Many years ago I read a wonderful book by Pam Young and Peggy Jones; The Happiness File! This book changed my life because it taught me to surround myself with the things I love and that make me smile.

This is why it was so important for me to declutter. I needed to get everything out of my house that brought on feelings of guilt and sadness. I deserved to live in a home that hugged me as I walked through it! Don’t we all???

Not only did I eliminate all the things that had bad memories, I also pulled things out of storage that made me happy!  I put them right out in the open so I could be reminded of the good memories.

My Happiness File started with my home but then I began establishing Happiness Files in every area of my life. I decided to be kind to myself by only using things I loved. I was tired of settling for just any face wipe, shampoo, toothpaste or sheets. What I finally realized that when you use what you love you save money because you quit buying things to just try!

By being nice to myself I saved money and smiled a lot! I finally allowed my Happiness File to extent to my calendar. I only put things on my calendar that I knew would bring me joy! This leads to my motto for living; To be a devoted loving wife to my sweet darling and to find joy in everything I do. What I finally realized is when I am finding joy in everything; I am a devoted loving wife. That is when I dropped the first part of my motto!

Have you ever made a list of the things you love? When we were children one of our favorite gifts was a box full of my grandmother’s favorite things. She passed away a few weeks ago and I have been thinking about putting together some of these boxes for Christmas.

I have surrounded myself with the things I love! It is a blessed way to live and to love myself! This Christmas I am not asking for things; I am asking for donations to help me build a home with Habitat for Humanity. This is a cause that brings joy to me. Please help raise the money to build this home!

For more help getting rid of your clutter and CHAOS, check out Marla Cilley’s website and join her free mentoring group at, or read her book, Sink Reflections, published by Random House. Please bless others with your clutter by donating it to a Habitat for Humanity Restore near you. Copyright 2012 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.

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