Making Room For Change

by Bonnie Kallenberg

I’m an avid fan of Marie Kondo and her book,

“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and I follow her method of purging fairly consistently. I recommend the book all the time because it provides a great formula for cleaning out any area of your home.

Guess what? It’s March 1st and time to spring clean your home and bring us the items that no longer spark joy.

Yep, that’s how she phrases it. Touch each piece and decide if it sparks joy as you hold it, whether clothing or home items. If you don’t feel joy, out it goes! It’s as easy as that.

I have run the Peachtree Road Race almost every year since 1999. I have as many Peachtree T-shirts in a drawer; let me rephrase that, had. I’m a big fan of the race, but I’ve never been a fan of the T-shirt. I dutifully wear it to July 4th activities, wash it and place it into the drawer with the others.

You see, I’ve been lobbying for a women’s cut Peachtree Road Race T-shirt since my good friend Kerry joined the Atlanta Track Club Board years ago. Currently, the shirt is a man’s cut of heavy fabric that most women I know never want to wear again because they are most unflattering and uncomfortable. He promises me he has brought this up to the Board many times and will continue to do so since (I venture to guess) at least half of Peachtree Road Race Runners are women. So, we need a women’s cut shirt, right? Of course, we do!

Every time I opened the drawer of ill-fitting Peachtree T shirts I did not feel any joy at all. In fact, I was usually reminded of my annoyance. However, the last time I pulled the drawer out, it was to put all those shirts in a black trash bag and donate them to charity about 3 weeks ago.

Now I’ve made room for new, women’s cut Peachtree T-shirts. Let’s see if the universe accommodates.

P.S. Sign up for the Peachtree Road Race this month! Look for registration in the AJC or the Atlanta Track Club website.

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