So it's my birthday today.
(I'll go ahead and pause for a moment so you can all mutter the obligatory well wishes.)
So it's my birthday and I have an idea that I've been saving for this occasion. I'm going to spend this year trying to simplify my life. This will include everything, how I do things, how I spend my time, and what I own.
You see, I feel bogged down by the stuff. Remember this post when I talked about how odd it feels to have so much stuff when there are so many people who have so little?
Well, you know what else happens when you have too much stuff? You end up serving it, instead of it serving you.
Think about it. How many loads of laundry do you have to do a week just to keep the laundry hampers from overflowing all over the floor?
How many dishes do you wash in a day?
How much clutter do you pick up: off the floor, counters, in your yard?
What if you didn't have all that stuff? What if I didn't have all that stuff? How much simpler would life be if we only had as many clothes as we needed? What if everything we owned actually fit in the cupboards and drawers?
What if we only had on our daily agenda what we could actually accomplish in that much time? Is that even possible? Would we get anything done?
So every week I'm going to tackle 1 simplicity project and blog about it. I think I'll even make
it into a meme and you can all join me, if you like, and share one thing, anything, that you did to make your life simpler.
Perhaps I'll even get you to help me with a wardrobe purge and let you vote on what I keep and what I discard.
This doesn't mean I won't be buying anything. If there is something out there that makes things simpler, I'll totally get it. If there is one item that replaces 5 then it may be worth the investment.
My goal this year is to be free of all the unnecessary stuff that overwhelms me and I'm inviting you along for the ride, and into some of the more cluttered corners of my existence.
The theme for this first month is time management.
I need some.
Week 1 - Go to bed at a reasonable hour. For me this means midnight.
What could happen in one short week if I were to do this, at least every week night?
I'll report back in a week.