Saturday, 8 January 2011

#4 Trimming Away


Read a great piece of advice today but I am sorry the location escapes me. Quote, “figure out what you do best and get rid of the rest”  That’s what I am going for!

I have been doing a lot of reading about streamlining today. There are SO many sites about de cluttering ones life that I have to be sure not to get bogged down.  I could lose my mind trying to find it (my mind that is!) So, I am keeping it simple for the moment and then I’ll move on.

Yes, I am still de cluttering my bedroom/workspace. The green basket by my closet has gone and I can now get to my clothes. I am celebrating! The floor, for the better part, is clear and now I am working on the yellow “to do” bucket next to my desk.  This is the place were I put stuff that is too much for my desk. : (  This one will take time and perseverance.

Action Plan.

The experts advise scheduling time for this task everyday. For the next days, weeks, months if necessary I will do 20 minutes a day of de-cluttering. I am not ready for anything else yet.


And I will continue to work on those daily habits. Process, schedule, and put away after use. 

My goal is a calm clutter free environment that inspires creativity and spiritual growth.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Slippery Slope


I read a great article that could have been written for me! Slippery Slopes. #2 – 4 is me. (has she been to my bedroom?)  Because I am tired of the over-flow on my ‘flat surface’ next to my lap top and  grown out of my yellow “I’ll get to it soon container” onto the “trip over it to get to my side of the bed pile”   and, because the laundry basket I have now commandeered  as a catch all prevents me from getting into my closet, I need this new lesson, “Organizational Slippery Slopes and how to Climb out of them”.

I have gotten this way because I have a, “get to it later”, mentality. I lay things down without processing them and then I end up handling them 3-4 times as I am feverishly trying to find another important document that was ‘here somewhere!’ So, Process straight away or at least by the end of the day. If I can’t do this I should at least schedule the task on my well loved Blackberry.

I have gotten this way because I have things that don’t have a proper space.  If they had a proper place they would be in it! So either create a space or get rid of it! But put it where it should go.

I have gotten this way because of trivial pursuits and hopefully lesson 2 has taken care of that.

New Habits #3

Deal with it straight away or schedule it.

Put it in the right place

Action Plan

De-clutter those areas daily until they are clear and work on new habits #3

I thankfully don’t have to worry about any other areas like this in the rest of the house because they get tidied up to my bedroom.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Lesson # 2. JUST SAY NO and accept moral support!


In my quest for TRIM I am continuing to say no to things that I want but don’t necessarily need or have time for.  I am pressing on with this trend so that it will soon be a habit.  JUST SAY NO, a great slogan I think. 

Today we had our first family shopping day this holiday and visited Richmond after morning service.  I browsed through the magazines because I am a fiend for new information and I just don’t have enough! To my delight they had a new crochet magazine with full kit included.  Wow! I’ve wanted to polish my crocheting skills for a while so this was a thrill. Uhm! but do I have the time for this right now? (My usual habit would be to buy it and reserve it for later.) It will either be clutter or a distraction. This is definitely a trivial pursuit. Then a voice came in my ear, “what is your new word this year?” My darling husband was lending moral support! So, I was victorious and left the magazine in the store.  Yeh! A trimmer me.




Saturday, 1 January 2011

To Whom Does it Belong


Art by Alvin Kofi.

Journal entry Today.

Starting on TRIM today my new word for 2011. The first place to start is with God. I don’t want this to be an empty exercise it has to be a matter of the heart.

2 Samuel 23:16 “…nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord”. After three mighty warriors had put their lives in peril, crossing enemy lines to get David a drink, he sacrificed it and poured it out before the Lord considering himself unfit for such a blessing.

The point for me being, I must hold on loosely to all that God has blessed me with and consider it His. That way I will manage all my worldly benefits with stewardship and not ownership. I think this is a good place to start.