organization test week part one
This is all about being organized. One big hurdle is avoiding procrastination. I say that now as I procrastinate further by coming online to talk about getting organized and cleaning up instead of actually doing it.
In a last ditch effort to motivate myself, I've got out that little tray, into which I will place various items as I attempt to clean up some of the mess which is suffocating me. It may be filled to overflowing very soon. I will wait until that time or until the week is up (whichever comes first) and then report on my findings.
As a side project, I absolutely must stop buying things. In particular, things that I don't need or things that I probably already have but can't find (i.e. various art supplies). This is very difficult, because I like buying stuff. The tentative guidelines are as follows:
* Absolutely no craft/art supplies unless they are absolutely necessary for something I am doing THAT day.
* No clothing except things I'd wear to work/shoes, and of course any pants that fit and I don't have to hem (something I actually really need). Avoid thrift stores, as painful as that may be.
* Food purchases are permitted, but focus should be on quickly consumable items. No long term "rainy day" snacks.
* No "beauty products" or toiletries unless I will use the item THAT day and have nothing else to use in its stead.
* NO books, unless I swap out some I already have. (Exception is gift certificate from Christmas).
Things which are allowed: anything which is not a physical permament object.
* Food, movie theatre, barbershop quartet/whatever is ok.
* Gifts for other people, though preferably not something which is a physical object.
* A hair cut, self improvement of some sort.
* Cleaning supplies/household items and such which are not duplicates of something I already have. Better idea is to follow recipes to make some "non toxic" cleaning supplies out of materials I can buy (i.e. Baking soda, vinegar, borax, etc).
* A car if the one I have doesn't survive this weekend.
* Collect old batteries, light bulbs and other stuff to recycle.
* Find out where/how to recycle number 5 plastic containers.
* Take bag of stuff (more discard clothing/etc) to thrift store (but don't go in).
* Throw away coupons or circulars offering discounts on prohibited items (i.e. JoAnn fabric monthly coupons).
Duration of this torture: a month if I can stand it.
Rewards: peace of mind, some free space, save money for car and household repairs and necessaries. If I don't break the rules for a month, I can have some form of edible or experiential celebration at the end.