Items to give away
1 copper candlestick holder, nice but I never use it and I have many others 1 glass block with a pansy and a saying about motherhood given to me by my daughter, sentimental but I’m trying to limit how many decorative items I have
Items going in the trash
7 screws – these are not regular screws they obviously belong to something but I have no clue what it may be. Since they have been in this box for almost two years I’m going to assume I don’t need them 2 envelopes of photograph negatives – can’t even tell what they might have been or when the photos were taken 2 keys, again something I have no idea what they open and haven’t needed them in almost two years 1 plastic knob that no one knows what it goes to
So that’s it for the first report a total of 14 items. Have you done any decluttering this month? Share in the comments – I’d love to hear what you are getting rid of.
I’ve worked out a schedule for the year and there will three challenge periods, each lasting for one hundred days. There will be a few weeks in between to evaluate what I did and plan for the next period.
For the first challenge I have five goals. Hopefully it isn’t too much to add onto my plate. The first goal is to declutter one hundred items. This is a continuation from last year. I have gotten rid of a lot of things but there is still stuff I think can be removed. One of the great things about last year’s work is that my hubby decided to join in. He is continuing to work on it this year and I’m hopeful that we will get this house decluttered this year.
The second goal is to stay within my budget. I need to pay closer attention to our spending and try to rein in our expenses. No more letting receipts pile up for months before figuring out where our money is going. I’m going to choose a weekly time where I enter receipts and check to see how things are going. I’m going to do a better job of using what food we have to try and bring down the grocery bill.
The third goal is to read 15 books. My to be read list has over two hundred books on it but when I go to the library I’m always seduced by the new titles and never seem to cross off anything on my list. I’m going to start using the request a book feature from my library website and get some books from my list. I’m also going to see if there are any more that are not really relevant anymore and take them off the list. I look at some of the titles and have no idea what they are about or why I put them on my list in the first pIace. I want to read at least five books from my list during this challenge period.
The fourth goal is to exercise for at least ten minutes six times a week. I am very consistent with my am and pm stretching routine. In the morning I do a few yoga poses, hold a plank for one minute and do the neck and hip stretches. In the evening I do a few yoga poses and my neck and hip stretches. Monday through Friday I have been riding the stationary bike for ten minutes but on the weekends when I have my granddaughter I haven’t managed to fit it in. I’m going to try to take a walk on the weekends.
My fifth goal is to spend at least one hour a week working on a hobby. There are a lot of things I have the materials to do but haven’t taken the time to do them. I’m still working on what I’m going to do since there are so many possibilities. I know that the first one will be my granddaughter’s quilt. It was supposed to be done before she was born and she turned two last November. Definitely want to get it done.
Well I guess that is enough for now. I’ll be starting on Monday and I’ll be back some time next week to let you know how things are going.
I’ve been through a decade of difficulties and it is time to make some lasting changes. Time to focus less on problems and more on solutions. Time to focus less on planning and more on doing. Time to focus less on what other people need or want and more on what I need and want.
To that end I’ve chosen my word for the year – PHOENIX. I want to let my old ideas, habits, and life die and from the ashes let a new me be born. I want to work on changing my negative self talk scripts, focus more on positive things and move towards new habits.
I’ll be starting my first 100 day challenge of the year next Monday, January 27th. I have five goals for this challenge
- Remove 100 items
- Stay within my budget
- Read 15 books
- 10 minutes of exercise 6/week
- 1 hour/week working on my hobbies
I’ll be back soon to flesh out these goals.
Did you pick a word for this year? Please share in the comments