OK – I am going to get really trashy.
I have been getting up and doing my morning routine (up, shower, hair, sometimes makeup, breakfast and medication) long enough that it can be considered a habit. I tried to add exercise in there, but that just did not work. While I know I need to do that, I am not going to stress about it. I am making a conscious effort to not sit all day, but to get up often and get a glass of water or change the laundry, etc. So while it is not 30 minutes of increased heart rate, it is movement.
Instead, I am going to set a new habit routine.
I am going to dispose of something that is sitting around my house every day. This does not include disposing of the junk mail each day. This means looking around and seeing what I do and do not use, determining what I can live without and getting it out of my house. Does anyone want to join me? I would love to hear what people are getting rid of and how they are getting rid of it – trash, donate, recycle, freecycle, reuse, repurpose, Craigslist, garage sale?
By this time next year I figure I will have a house purged of a huge amount of junk, an oldest daughter who does not feel like she is living her nightmare in the house, a younger daughter who will have learned how to not be a hoarder, a husband that will lift my yarn buying ban, fewer allergies from all the dust that is collecting around the house, and a routine for keeping my house neat!
So, for those who want to join me, here are the “rules”:
If paper comes into the house, it must be dealt with as soon as it enters the door – sort, act on it, or throw it away.
Create a loose plan of attack – (especially if your house is a bad as mine is right now) – I am choosing a couple of counters in my “Butler’s pantry” and kitchen that seem to collect junk. I want to get those cleaned off so that I can create a “landing pad” and “control station” for my family. As those get cleaned off, I will head to other parts of the downstairs, then move upstairs. I also intend to throw one thing away in my office until all those boxes and stacks on the credenza and in the corners are gone.
Install the One in/One out rule – This means that if anyone in the family gets a gift, they must get rid of something else. That also means they need to immediately find a home for the new item. It can’t just lay around the house. This is very important since Christmas is coming up!
Come back each Tuesday (or more often if you like!) and let me know how you are doing – I am one of those people who need be held accountable for what I am going to do. So I promise to be your accountability partner if you want one.
Today I am going to clean out my “purse basket” on the butler’s pantry counter. This is a basket where I normally keep my purse and keys. It is so full of other stuff that I can’t fit my purse in there anymore, and my keys become lost.
So awaaaaaaaaaay we go!