July 7

SHED – Part 4

Posted by lori . 13 Comments


I’ve written weekly posts that I categorize under “Creating The Creator” ever since I started writing my blog. What Remains Now is a record of my creativity journey, something I started after my daughter left for college. For the last two years my journey has moved forward at a nice pace, but the last couple months I’ve been very unmotivated and really not too interested in changing that…in other words, stuck.

The last time I felt like this in a big way, I worked my way through the book SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern, and it helped me.

Small SHED

“The four steps of SHED (Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity, Drive Yourself Forward) provide a framework for proactively managing change, transition, and the feeling of being stuck and unsure. By releasing the defunct, extraneous, and burdensome objects and obligations that are weighing you down, you create the space to discover what’s next and gather the energy and courage to move forward.”

There are three areas where you work the SHED process…physical space, time and bad habits.

I’m starting with my physical space, keeping in mind my theme…Caring, Artistic & Free.

SHED - Part 4

The first step is to decide where, in your physical space, to start…your “point of entry.” You look for areas that aren’t active and dynamic in supporting your theme. You’re looking for “collections of items that are generally immobile, unused, excessive, those that bring up negative feelings or no longer feel relevant.”

The second step is to separate the treasures of which there are two basic types…practical treasures and meaningful treasures. Practical treasures are “objects that are useful to you and can contribute to your ability to fulfill your new theme.” Meaningful treasures are “symbolic or sentimental objects that bring you pure and unambiguous joy, energy and inspiration.”

Julie encourages you to set-up some “Treasure Guidelines” before you start separating the treasures, to help keep you focused and strong. She also talks about the different reasons you may feel attached to an item. This can be helpful in breaking attachments to items you really shouldn’t keep.

From here on out, I’ll just be summarizing points in the book as I read through it, because it’s going to take me more than a few weeks (a lot more) to complete my SHED process. Even though I won’t report the laborious SHED of my physical space, next week I’ll pick an area and work through the process to illustrate how it works.

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13 Responses to " SHED – Part 4"

  • Sue says:

    This is a good post. I got rid of a lot of ornaments, but kept those that had special memories to me.

    I always get rid of cloths I haven’t worn for a year.

    I seem to acquire photo frames and do have a lot of photos up. They all have special memories for me.

  • Nothing better than a good clear out and all our stuff goes to charity so even better. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  • I will have to get back into ‘shedding’ mode again so I’m going to be following your progress with interest 🙂

  • Oh I so need to have a clear out and get things organized..Charity shop, here I come.. LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  • Ah … what an apposite post! I’ve been spending time this week (and last) trying to do just this: declutter my house, and therefore my life! It is painful, because I’m very sentimental and a horrible squirrel.

    My trouble is that I tend to try to move in several areas at once, and often leave an area before it’s done. I find it exhausting, but I do feel ‘lighter’ when I’ve taken a bag to the recycling bins or clothing banks or posted it on Freecycle.

    Good for you! It’s not easy, but we can do this!!

  • Patty says:

    This really has me thinking of getting rid of a few of my collectibles. I really don’t have room for them here and can’t display them. I could leave them at my MIL’s house but are they something I “need”. You have me thinking.

  • Try moving, LOL, that forces you to really look at all your stuff and shedding what you don’t need. Or…you could pretend you are moving into a small home and can only take what will fit. That might help.

  • Urban hounds says:

    I am so not organized
    Urban hounds

  • Fern Reed says:

    I should be shedding too!!! I SHOULD BE!!!!!!!!!!! Sadly I am not but maybe tomorrow!! Company coming today!!!
    Thanks for your visit to my blog!!!!!!!

  • Madi and Mom says:


  • It really is good to have a clear out now and then. We like to take our unwanted items to the animal charity shop and it’s nice to know they will get the benefits from them.
    Lynne x

  • sue taylor says:

    This is really begining to strike a cord with me Lori, my husband is the worst hoarder. 8 motorbikes (projects he says) 2 cars that are rusting away (projects he says) a huge double garage full of junk (could be useful he says). Makes trying to have a clean out impossible as everything I ear mark to go he rushes off with to add to the junk in the garage grrrrrr.

    I have decided I am going to buy this book and make it happen!

    Sue x

  • sue taylor says:

    Lori I have taken the plunge and ordered the book LOL.

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