I joined OpenDiary in 1999 with the moniker of "Clutterbug" and the original intent being to document the decluttering process of my apartment. After a short time, I reverted to using my long-time internet name of "Czari" (known as "The Royal Russian Redhead" in certain online circles) and OD became a document of my daily life as one living with chronic, genetic mental illness.

The re-opening of OD finds me circling back to my "roots" as it were but packaged a bit differently. I discovered "minimalism." That certainly includes decluttering but one of #TheMinimalists' maxims is, "Decluttering is so much easier with less stuff." Going forward, my focus will be my personal minimalism journey and how it impacts my faith and vice versa.
~Czari

I don't do "pithy."
"If one word is good, 1,000 are better." ~Florence Littauer/Author and Public Speaker best known for her "Personality Profile" test/book series

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Article Re: Craigslist

August 18, 2019
By Laura Rothman in Curbed.com: Why I declutter my home via Craigslist For years now, I’ve been getting cheap—indeed free—thrills merely from regularly giving away my possessions It was nearing 11 p.m. when the stranger finally showed up. A petite woman in her mid-20s, she bounded up the stairs o...
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    August 18, 2019
    The following article popped up in my news feed this morning (can we say "algorhythm").  I'm placing it in my OD journal mainly to recall it without adding another bookmark to my already huge browser bookmark file but I did find it interesting - especially as related to the author's locale. When ...
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  • Time Goes On
    August 3, 2019
    While re-reading my previous entry, I could barely believe that was only two months ago.  I feel like I've lived several lifetimes beginning in January when Harry told me, "Your Mother's losing it."  This summer, which I never like in the best of times - much too hot, humid, and sunny for my tast...
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  • 2018 Minimalism Declutter Tally
    March 2, 2019
    “The average American household contains more than 300,000 possessions.” ~The Minimalists I've heard this statistic regularly on The Minimalists' podcast. The number seems staggering especially given this is an average which would include mansions with hundreds of rooms (ok, maybe not hundreds bu...
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  • Rami Malek
    February 9, 2019
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    “A merry heart does good, like medicine...” ~Proverbs 17:22a (NKJV)   Norman Cousins was an American author, political journalist, and professor.  "In 1964 following a very stressful trip to Russia, he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (a degenerative disease causing the breakdown of...
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  • Shopping…German Style
    February 7, 2019
    YouTube has become my virtual "window to the world."  Whatever you can think of, someone has produced a video about the topic and posted it on YouTube.  Perusing YouTube was invaluable when I had my first ever surgery four years ago and was terrified!  Thanks to a vlogger who had the same surgery...
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  • The Face of Mental Illness
    February 4, 2019
    “Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another.” ~Dr. Who When I tell someone about my illness for the first time it frequently elicits the following reaction: "YOU?  DEPRESSED?  You're always so bubbly and happy!!"   My response: "You don't see me during the depressive episodes whe...
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  • Under Pressure
    February 3, 2019
    “Are you a psychopath or a sociopath?” ~Title of recent Michael Savage podcast's interview with neuroscientist Dr. James Fallon When I heard Michael Savage (longtime radio personality who has multiple degrees and a doctorate in epidemiology - fascinating man) announce the title for a recent podca...
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