Today is Day 1 and Rhonna's inspirationis: to envision how you want to feel on Day 21. Well after completing this challenge I can see myself feeling very relieved! That's because I will have reduced my clutter and eliminated the stress and anxiety that goes along with what is required to "maintain" my stuff. To help me with this challenge I am referring to VIRGOMAN: Andrew Mellen the guru of Creating Order out of Chaos. Specifially to an article that he wrote back in August of 2008 in OPRAH magazine: 12 Way to Unclutter Your Life.
As far as creating my journal, well I'm keeping that real simple by simply using a pocket portfolio and my pocket calendar for the month of November.
Then every day, I'm simply printing out Rhonna's blog posts for this challenge and inserting them into page protectors that I've added to the pocket portfolio.
Keep it simple sweetie...it works for me ;)
NOW...The Ground Rules...for my PURGE...12(thanks to Andrew Mellen ;)
1. Everything you own should have value, either because it's functional or beautiful or you just love it. Remember the question of what you'd grab if your house were on fire; that's your baseline for determining an object's worth.
Really think about this...I'd be grabbing my purse and whatever photo albums I could get my hands on...that's it!
2. Every item needs a place where it "lives." Setting things down on the coffee table or kitchen counter creates piles and confusion. My clients mock me when I say, "Where do your keys live? They live in a bowl or on a hook by the front door"—but you never lose anything when you put it where it lives.
This is my way of "assign a function" and "label it" if needed (for those who can't remember ;)
3. Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is supposed to help you get more things done quickly, but when you try to do 19 things at once, everything ends up incomplete. You're trying to simplify your life, so simplify your approach to getting organized. Now let's get started.
Which means...DO NOT go into one room to find something...then see something else that needs to be put away...and then distracts you so that you forget what you came into that room for in the first place! (sound familiar ;)
So everyday of this challenge I am focusing on ONE THING ONLY that I want to purge. Some things may take me a whole day and others may only take 20 minutes. BUT that's okay as long as I stay focused and that what journaling and blogging while I'm taking this challenge will continue to do...KEEP ME FOCUSED!
So today for DAY 1: I'm clearing out my Google Reader:
It's a great organizational tool...but like any file drawers, bookcase and/or desktop...it can fill up pretty quick if you don't purge, sort and maintain it.
EEEgads...I've accumulated 511 SUBSCRIPTIONS! Somebody stop me ;)
According to Andrew's Ground Rules above, I'm following Rules No. 2 & 3 by assigning a place for all of these blog subscriptions to live (here in my Google Reader) and sorting them by CATEGORY allows me to focus on one subject matter at a time.
HOWEVER, I'm skimming over Rule No.1 because many of these subscriptions have lost there value. What? How is that possible? You ask...aren't all blogs worth reading? YES they are if AND only if they ADD VALUE to your life and many of these have stopped adding any value to my life. I've joined many challenges in the past (almost 3 ;) years of blogging and I felt the need to add the blog of EVERYONE that left me comments to my Google Reader. Then I've continued to try and follow them and read every blog post and comment as much as possible. BUT I've noticed as the months past that THEY ARE NOT RECIPROCATING. AND that just devalues me because it makes me constantly ask...WHY? Why don't they leave comments on my blog?
So tonight while DH is watching TV...I'm PURGING MY GOOGLE READER. My goal is to reduce my subscriptions by more than half...that is no more than 250! I'll report back tomorrow for Day 2.
How about you...how many empty subscriptions are you trying to maintain? Do you get frustrated and feel less than? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are going to join THE PURGE!