Mar. 19th, 2017

float_on_alright: I have no idea what i'm doing out of bed (no idea what i'm doing out of bed)

I counted and I have written at least 500 words for the last 37 nights in a row! Goal to write 500 words a day for 30 days? Met and succeeded. Booyah Bitches! That feels pretty damn good. I don’t know if I set having an actually daily goal for the month of March passed the 30 days and getting to a total of 15,500 words so I may set my goal a little lower for the next week or so while I work on the decluttering project especially for today, tomorrow, and Monday when I’m hoping to get the majority of my decluttering done. I’m exhausted today after spending about 7 hours on the project - maybe more. I told my friend that the more I get done the bigger the project feels. I swear, my closet is bigger on the inside. It’s unbelievable how much stuff I’ve collected over the years. I took out about 6 boxes, three trash bags, and some odds and ends like an old light up globe that still has “Czechoslovakia” on it and is melted in one place. I also got rid of an ass ton of posters I don’t enjoy any more and bag of recycling. There is still a long way to go but my closet is MUCH improved. I want to do a little dusting where I can of the baseboards while the floor is clear or as clear as it ever gets with my dresser and the bookcase I turned into a shoe rack in there too. Oh and a bit of vacuuming maybe too. 

I am seriously wiped out - I busted my butt today. There was a lot of up and down the stairs and on top of the fact that I’ve been going through every article of clothing I own and separating them into keep, donate, and discard piles, I also did laundry and some cooking. I wish I’d had the energy to walk the dog as well, but I just couldn’t manage it. She didn't seem too upset with me so she must have had fun with the neighbors. Most of the day it was nice, minus the thunderstorm in the afternoon, and I imagine that she was having a great time running about and barking.

Five hundred words a day is a lot and I’m really, really proud of that. I’m not certain that I’m ready to give it up as a goal, but again, I do have some other big projects I want to get done so maybe I do need to give myself a break for a couple of days. I don’t want to get out of the habit of writing though either so it’s a fine line to walk. 

I think what I’ll do is tell myself I need 250 words a day for the next few days while I’m doing major work on the decluttering - maybe for the week. Writing is definitely not something I want to give up again but I think getting this cleansing project done is really important in the long run and worth a few days of a relaxed goal. As much as I was confident yesterday that I could get close to completing by the time I go back to work on Tuesday, having been in the trenches today, I’m not sure that is as true as I would’ve liked. I guess we’ll see. 

Well, I better get some sleep. I’ve got another big day tomorrow!
 
float_on_alright: leverage mischief managed (leverage mischief managed)

I have about 15 boxes full of stuff in the garage right now. I also took my old, dilapidated laptops to Best Buy to recycle (thank you Best Buy). I’m thinking that I’m going to take my XBox One and the Kinect piece (and the controller obviously) to a local nerd shop. I’m hoping they'll buy it off me. The only thing I use if for is playing BluRays (rare) and that thing is way too expensive to function as a BluRay/DVD player. Not to mention how big it is and how many cords there are and how it is completely ridiculous that the Kinect piece is taking up space too when I don’t use it either. 

I did some vacuuming today and I am not kidding when I say that I was vacuuming my walls. I took the small places/extension thing and used it along the parts of the wall I could reach without taking down furniture or moving pictures as well as the doors, door frames and parts of the ceiling and my curtains. I also did this as much as possible in my closet as well. There was sooooooooooo much duuuusssstttt, dust everywhere so it felt really good to vacuum a lot of it up (y’all if you haven’t tried the vacuuming approach to dusting, I highly recommend it just be careful not to knock over anything valuable and definitely use the attachment with brushes on the end). Anyway, bye bye cobwebs! Not that I could see them, see them before, but I could see how much better my walls and ceiling looked after I did it. It felt really good but I also wasn’t sure if this is the most in control of my life I’ve been or the least, lol. 

When I was reading “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” one of the things that stuck out to me was that she said that there is a number or an amount of possessions that will feel right and it’ll just click for you. There is no generic perfect number as it will differ for everyone, but that you will feel it when you get there. It really resonated with me and the more stuff I put in boxes, the more I can feel the approaching “amount”. I know I still have a while to go but I can also tell that I’m close to getting there and I don’t think I’ve ever been there. Or at least not that I can ever remember. I’m really excited about getting there because I think it’s going to feel tremendously good and I think it will help me cement in my mind the financial choices I want to make going forward. 

She describes folding in her book but I was listening to it and I couldn't really understand what she meant so I’ve put it a physical copy on hold at the library in hopes that I’ll be able to understand better. She says if you can fold properly it will solve all your storage needs and that once you get the hang of it that you will love to fold. I don’t know if I’m going to fall in love with folding, but I am hoping that it will feel good and be a good way to store some of my clothes. I have more t-shirts hanging than I’d like and I'm also hoping a few of the other things I currently have hanging could go in my drawers instead of hanging up - not that I don’t now have a ton more hanging room than I did before. It's seriously amazing the difference. 

I’ve still got to figure out the comic collection thing. I’m thinking what I’ll do is go through all of them and just pick out the ones I really love and the rest I’ll take to a local comic shop. Anything they don’t take I’m not sure what I’ll do with but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. 

Alright, I have to go clear off my bed enough to be able to get into it. Wish me luck!

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