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In writing last Wednesday's blog post, I came across a blog I wrote last January focusing on "18 Things to Try in 2018." So naturally, I got to wondering how many I'd actually done.
At the risk of embarrassing myself, I'm going to take a look.
- Embrace your styles. Always :-)
- Don't put it down, put it away. I actually repeat this to myself so I remember to do it. I don't do it every time, but I'm making progress.
- Find a solution to one problem area. See #11:-)
- Clean out one closet. Hmm...not yet.
- Get rid of 365 things. Too many? How about 52 -- that's just one a week. I haven't been counting, but I have made a dent in my catalog pile and made one multi-box clothing & household goods donation. I have another pile of things to give away in the basement -- just need to finish packing it up and get it out. I'm pretty sure I've made the one per week goal, but some of those things were pretty small....
- Buy a planner you really love and use it. I was just talking to my dad about this last week! Because I've gotten in the habit of buying school year planners, I had to buy a new planner at the end of the summer. I thought for sure I'd find one cheap after all the kids had gone back to school, but I ended up picking out one that was larger than what I thought I'd wanted...and full price. No regrets :-)
- Use small chunks of time to clean up small spaces or make progress in larger ones. Story of my life!
- Resolve to spend an hour a week making progress on a large space, like a garage, basement or attic. I still have another two months, right?
- Do something fun just for you. I wrote the original post when I was rehearsing a show. Nine months later, I still get together with my castmates at least once a month.
- Declare one hour each week "organizing time" and use it to tackle all the nagging little projects you never quite get to. Um...that would be a no.
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- Make one area of your house -- a counter, a shelf, a desktop -- both organized and attractive. Yes! I bought basket with a lid and handles to corral all of my projects in the family room so I don't have papers all over the table. It works :-). I also transferred my daughter's paperwork from a plastic bin to a fabric bin that looks nicer and fits into the organizational set-up already in place. Finally got that set-up "just so."
- Resolve to keep one surface clutter-free. When I first looked at this one, I didn't give myself much credit, and one quick glance at my desk or my dining room table would tell you why. But after a little more thought, I realized that this is true, although it's true of only some surfaces. There are spots I've cleared off and made to look nice and those places remain clutter-free because I remain dedicated to making it so. Is every surface clutter-free? Not by a long shot. But the resolution is for one surface. Even though I have work to do, I've exceeded this expectation, a testimony to the concept of setting goals that are achievable.
- Assign homes to three important items you waste time searching for. Not yet.
- Splurge on one container that really fits your styles. See #11.
- Find the perfect purse or work bag. Yes! I switched from the work bag that looks nice to backpack that looks not quite as nice, but doesn't make my back hurt.
- Make a packing or grocery list template. Does the one I made years ago and stopped using count?
- Find permanent homes for ten homeless items. Who's counting?
- Be patient with yourself. Organizing is, after all, a process. Now that I can do.
What organizing accomplishments are you proud of?