One year ago I was working on the following simplification list.
I gave myself 10 challenges to decrease my stress level. The ones in green are complete.
- Charlie and I resigned from a bi-weekly leadership position. Our final responsibility was Easter Sunday on April 1. Since then Charlie has been substituting for other musicians at Sunday morning services at various churches in our area.
- I started to clear unnecessary documents and clutter from my office. I use the empty credenza space for Dash’s belongings while he is at work with me.
- I have shredded at least 10 bags of paper. It’s a process.
- Get rid of more books. Sharing or donating 100 books will only be a drop in the bucket. Fifty children’s books are on their way to the pediatric unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
- Buy healthier food and prepare food in advance so good choices are available after work. The summer garden has made this much more effective, especially my favorite haricots verts.
- Sell at least 5 large items of clutter that we no longer use. I have a chandelier, a saddle, and tons of oak logs listed on Craigslist. I’m thinking of going through some more precious things and opening my Etsy store.
- I have unsubscribed from dozens of e-mail subscriptions that I inadvertently signed up for when ordering over the internet.
- Pack light when traveling.
I’m limiting myself to one suitcase.
- Clean out my handbag. I’ve taken everything out of my overly large but useful handbag and only replace the most necessary. Since we’ve been traveling often this year I have reassessed my need to carry everything all the time. I’m minimizing.
- The laundry is still out-of-control but I have recently washed our bulky down comforter in a friend’s extra-large washer and dryer. It took 3 hour-long dryer cycles to dry completely.
Truth is I have no system so there are clothes in “waiting” or “holding” situations that appear to be clutter. And clutter is bad. I cleaned out all the hangers and clothes that have been stored there for many years. Charlie vacuumed the room including all the recently cleared out corners.
It’s time to make a new ten-item list. Spring always gives me a fresh outlook.
Does clutter burden you?