Green is where the Heart Is for July 12th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

"The process of facing and selecting our possessions can be quite painful. It forces us to confront our imperfections and inadequacies and the foolish choices we made in the past."  - Marie Kondo

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

With our impending move close at hand, Randy suggested we purchase plastic bins to start the process of packing up those things we want to take to the new house and getting rid of the things we don’t, avoiding moving unneeded stuff into our fresh space.  
I have been decluttering for months but, as you may know, it takes several go-rounds for a space to remain clear.  It seems as soon as you get a space clean, something else wants to live there.  
Sunday I tackled our entertainment center and apothecary chest, each made specifically to house CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs and cassette tapes.
 As usual it began with a trip down memory lane.  I popped CDs into the player as I began my work and, if I wanted to keep it, Randy burned it to ITunes.  
When completed, it went into the donation box.  In a previous life, I had a commute that took over an hour.  During that time, books-on-tape was a godsend.  My car today does not even have a cassette player.  It does have a radio (NPR) and a single CD player but with current technology including my IPhone, Bluetooth, Pandora and podcasts aplenty, I don’t even pay for the monthly charges to get Sirius streamed into my car.  
I grabbed a few 70’s CDs to keep in my car, but even those need a storage space and eventually (when I get over the emotional attachment and realize they have not been used) they will be donated also.  
Movies on VHS or CDs is kind of a joke now, too.  We have Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, On-Demand, and every app supported by Roku coming right into our home.  The only savers were our home movies on VHS tapes.  
In 1988 we purchased one of the first VHS cameras that housed the tape and sat on your shoulder (like a real cameraman).  It was one of the best investments we ever made.  Our kids spent countless hours making videos and those will get sent to the company that digitizes them so they can be watched without the need of a VHS player.  
If you are interested, I am donating Jane Fonda 80’s workout tapes (still in pristine condition because I’m sure they were used less than ten times,) the instructions for the Suzanne Sommers Thigh Master equipment, and, since we owned a coffeehouse in Ohio, a Border’s Bookshelf of Jazz, New Age and Putamayo World Music CDs.  
Our amazing builder Tom was just here.  I mentioned to him the only thing I am slightly disappointed in with the new house is that we did not condition storage space.  It was a call Randy made to conserve costs.  In the big picture, it is one of the things I am most happy about, too.  I really don’t want to have space to fill up with stuff I don’t use.  It is hard for me to get rid of stuff and as Denise Linn has taught me, “Use it, Love it or GET RID OF IT!”
Decluttering is a never-ending process.  I am not one to throw usable items into the landfill.  I donate hoping someone less fortunate does still have a VHS player attached to their TV and has a desire to don their leotards, headbands and scrunchy socks to move it to lose it.  Which reminds me, I know there is a Richard Simmons Deal-a-Meal program around here somewhere.  Anyone interested?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  
Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 29 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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