Former procrastinator, what have you decided to tackle so that you can walk free?
I’m tackling our old school room. We called it that though we only stored stuff in there – photos, books, files, unhung pictures, extra chairs, books, photos, rugs, suitcases, books, photos. Yep, the door is always closed.
If I can’t or won’t deal with something, into that room it goes. Went. Until December 10, 2014.
That day, I met with friends I asked to hold me accountable to clean out that room making it functional and welcoming. They asked questions helping me develop a vision for how I’d like to use the room. They helped me face truth about keeping books, papers, stuff I will not likely use. They wanted my plan.
For years I have “cleaned” that room regularly. Mostly, I reshuffled the stuff around and made it more presentable. I organized the excess. I threw out or gave away a bit. We could say I dealt with the top few inches. This time I’m taking it down to the bottom!
Remember that TV show Clean Sweep? The pros would remove EVERYTHING from a room so that it was down to walls and floor. They helped the owners give away, sell, or throw away all excess. They returned to the room only the items needed.
Logistically, I am unable to empty the room. So I’m doing the next best thing and it’s working! I have removed the big chunks that made the room unsightly and hard to maneuver in – suitcases, boxes, etc. Some things cannot stay where I’ve placed them- which encourages me to get this done- but the room is now available for deeper cleanout.
The biggies this week are a file and a bookcase. I get so excited when something goes out to the car or trash!
June 30 is the deadline. It’s far enough out to be realistic considering other things in life. Three friends have the mini goals I set for each week through February. Every week I email them to report my progress. In March I will make a new set of goals based on progress to that point.
This is joyful!!
Need to tackle something you’ve put off? It doesn’t have to be big, just something that will free you. Done in two hours, two weeks, or two months – walk free! It’s easier to comment on here now, so what’s your project?