As this year comes to a close and I have thought back over the last year and this project/blog, I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you about my new blog for 2015. It is called Try Something New Every Day in 2015 and it is about just that. Opening my mind to trying and learning about new things.
If you are interested in reading about it…here’s the link.
Happy New Year
Last spring, I spent some time cleaning out the kitchen cupboards and under the sink we had countless bottles of window cleaner and multi-purpose cleaner. I actually had to get rid of some bottles to make room under the sink for what we actually needed. Flash forward to today…and again, we have no room under the kitchen sink. I started to pull the bottles out and again found numerous bottles of the same things. When I looked at the brands, I realized that Wayne bought all of them over the last nine months and I didn’t buy any. Some are completely full, but had been pushed to the back. When he shops at the grocery store, he walks down isle by isle to see what he thinks he needs. I assume he thinks we are constantly out of window and multi-purpose cleaner. There must be at least $30 worth of product that I don’t use to clean the house and I am the one who cleans the house.
It amazes me how other people can affect our clutter without realizing it, and if left unchecked it can get out of control. The last time, I got rid of most of those bottles, but this time he will. Hopefully, this will help him to realize what we need and don’t need.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.
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I just looked back over the list of what I’ve accomplished over the last year on this project, and it’s amazing. I’ve slowly moved through each room in the house and decluttering every little nook and cranny to eliminate the items that were no longer needed. Each month I tackled a new room or living space, and tried to leave them organized.
I see a few areas in the house that is started to gain clutter again, and I think it’s just a matter of keeping on top of those junk drawers and spaces. I must say that it’s been fun project. I wasn’t sure what I was in for when I started, but I’m glad that I did and that I finished it. I’m looking forward to next year and my next new project.
I like to think of clutter clearing as a gift to myself. Once everything is organized and in its own, place life seems to run more smoothly. Whether it’s getting rid of a dead plant, a bunch of useless items in a junk drawer, or paperwork that’s collected from my classes…it’s important to me to not let the clutter go to far and keep areas in my home clutter free.
A survey conducted earlier this year, show that two thirds of adults say that they attempt to clear the clutter in their homes at least once a year. It’s clearly important to most people to limit the amount of clutter in their life. Give yourself the gift of a clutter free home. It’ll reduce the amount of stress in your life and make it easier to relax.
As this year is coming to a close, I’ve thought about this year long project of clutter clearing my home and I like the fact that I’ve blogged about it several times a week and it’s kept me on task.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog/project that I’d like to do next year. I like the idea of trying something new every day, and blogging about it. Trying new things, opens our mind to the world around us. And like the blog I’ve done this year, I think this project could be life changing.
I’m not sure that I would blog about it every day, but I would try to do something new every day in 2015. These might be things like: trying a new way to get to work, a new restaurant, a new type of food, going to a museum, talking to someone new, or trying a new way to do something. I think these things would not only open my mind, but my world. And I think it would be fun. Once I’ve created the new blog site, I’ll post that link on this blog. I hope you’ll follow it. 😊
This is a five minute TED Talks video about creating a happy life with less stuff in our lives. It’s a great video that shows we don’t really need a lot of stuff to lead a happy life. Enjoy!