It’s time for another purge…better known as decluttering. I’m going to take the opportunity presented by the upcoming Lenten season to clear out a few areas in my life that could be better organized, and I’m inviting you to join me. The task for this week is a simple one: define the areas that need to be addressed.
Even the most organized person has an area or two they’d like to improve, and I’m far from the most organized person in the world! In order to help stay on track during the challenge I need to set a few goals. For the challenge I’m going to focus on three areas: my clothes, my crafts and my blogs.
GOAL ONE: My side of the closet and my dressers
We have two closets and two dressers. The closet in our bedroom holds the bulk of my clothes and about half of Rick’s. In the spare bedroom we store tools, equipment and the overflow from Rick’s side of the closet. We have two dressers, but I use both of them. Other than the kitchen cabinets, and space under the bed, that’s the extent of our storage.
When Rick and I moved overseas we each brought two large and heavy suitcases full of clothing and other essentials. Weeding my clothes down was surprisingly liberating. I only packed things I loved, in easy to care for fabrics (this paid off since everything must be line dried). Now, almost three years later, I’ve come to the realization that some of the clothes I brought with me are just languishing in the closet for one reason or another. I need that space for clothing that will serve me and I want a wardrobe full of pieces which work together.
GOAL TWO: Hobby Space
Even though we don’t have a ton of storage space, I could definitely be better organized with regard to my hobbies, and I’m including the camera equipment and photo props I use for blogging. When I’m working on a knitting project it tends to grow and take over my space. And my desk could definitely be improved. I sometimes feel like I’m fighting with the way I have things arranged…a good sign that changes need to be made.
GOAL THREE: Blogging Time
This has been an ongoing project for me since December when I decided to make an effort to blog on Life Beyond the Kitchen on a regular basis. At the same time, I’m still posting two or three times a week and promoting posts for Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen. I’m in the process of examining my blogging activities and determining which activities give me the best ROTI (Return on Time Investment) in terms of page views. I need to find some balance or risk burning out.
Your goals don’t have to be the same as mine, but let’s pick 3 and commit to spending two weeks on each one. You may not need the entire two weeks to accomplish a particular goal, or you may find you’ll need more time. The important thing is to get started and build momentum. Define your goals and prepare to begin next Wednesday.
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Which areas in your life could use a little declutter?