Rethinking Resolutions

Yesterday I had decided that I would not bother doing any resolutions this year since they usually wind up getting forgotten pretty quickly. However, today I am thinking that maybe if I just focus on one area for the year, I might actually accomplish something.

So my major area for improvement in 2007 is going to be on de-cluttering.  We have way too much stuff and I have been feeling very overwhelmed by it for awhile now. I have gotten much better lately at really thinking “do I need this” before purchasing new “stuff”. Now I just need to take it to the next level and answer that question for the stuff we already own.

The key I think is to start small, look for small areas to clean out and get ruthless about getting rid of things. Ruthless, that is my new motto. I have started a bit already and cleaned out one of our games cabinets. It felt great to get rid of two boxes of “stuff”. I am just constantly amazed at how much “stuff” we have accumulated over the years.

Interestingly, Jason is much better at getting rid of stuff then Kyle is. If Jason has not played with something recently, he is fine with getting rid of it. Kyle on the other hand, sees every item as a new discovery and one that he does not want to part with. Should be interesting.

On a slightly related note, I think that I am also going to give Project 365 a try. The jist is that you take at least one picture each day for a year.  Sounds like a lot of fun. Of course, I totally forgot to start today, so I am one day behind already, but I am not looking for perfection!

And if I get really adventurous, I think I might try A Day in the Life…you take a picture every hour for an entire day. Could be very interesting!

So there it is. One major focus and a couple of fun side-trips. Let’s see how I do!

~Stephanie

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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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6 Responses to Rethinking Resolutions

  1. Robin says:

    I, also, have a motto ~ “When in doubt, throw it OUT” ~ It gets me in trouble several times a year because I’ll throw away magazines my husband hasn’t read yet (please! it had been sitting on the counter for two weeks!), or I’ll go through closets and toss stuff into bags for Goodwill… Two weeks later somebody will say, “Where’s my ____ ?”
    Honestly, I just get tired of the stuff, and would rather not clean around it. And since I do the lion’s share of cleaning, I feel it’s my right to get rid of mess. Right?
    Well, I hope you have better luck! I’m with you!

  2. JoVE says:

    Sounds like a good goal. The other thing I have found rather helpful is to go over the same area several times over a long period. Since you’ve set yourself a year, this might work.

    So, for example, you go through the games cupboard and there are x games everyone is happy to give away and then y which folks are more ambivalent about. So just take x and give them to a charity shop or whatever. Move on to another area. If you come back to the games cupboard in April, you might find that there are another x games in there everyone is happy to get rid of.

    I’m not sure what it is but somehow getting used to giving things away helps. And not giving away so much that you feel that it is unreasonable. Stay within your comfort zone and you might find the comfort zone actually expands. You get some time to get used to the new level of stuff or to see that it wasn’t painful to give stuff away or something.

    Good luck.

  3. I love de-cluttering. I find it to be so freeing. I was actually sad a few months ago when I realized there was no clutter left to get rid of lol

  4. Christie says:

    I think I’ll join you for Project 365. I’ll also be missing a day!

    We do “A Day in the Life…” of our daughter every year for Mother’s day and send the photos to her grandmothers, followed up with a little picture book from Shutterfly. It is loads of fun!

  5. Heather says:

    You should check out this website http://www.flylady.com and the book Sink Reflections it has some awesome tips on decluttering. I don’t use all of the flylady methods but when I need to declutter or do a task I use her timer method and it is amazing at how much I can accomplish in little spurts of time. 15 min. doesn’t seem like much especially when sitting at the computer, but I discovered I can empty and load my dishwasher and wipe down all the counters and some of my cabinets in that time or start a load of laundry & fold a load in the dryer and put it away in that time…Decluttering you just need to start small. One closet or drawer at a time and consistently declutter otherwise it just gets out of hand…good luck on your mission!!!

  6. Dana says:

    I love the 365 idea! I’ll be a few days short, but I’m starting, too! Thanks for the idea! Dana