Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finishing February in a Freeze

The news for today......

It is cold.  Cold, gray and icy - just as it has been for several days now.  

As we slushed through the icy parking lot at the grocery store this afternoon, our breaths rising in little puffs, my husband reminded me that spring arrives in 21 days.

21 days.  

It can't come soon enough!  I've grown weary of the winter weather.  And it seems that we've had more than usual of the frozen wet stuff this year.  It all leaves me wanting a bit of warmth and sunshine......

Dreaming of tulips and green,freshly mowed grass...the smell of dirt freshly turned in the garden...the sun moving higher into the sky as the earth shifts towards summer.  

Perhaps a slight warming for a couple of days will thaw us out before another wave of cold sweeps down on us by mid-week.  

And, perhaps, this will be winter's final brutal assault on us for this season.....keeping my fingers crossed!  

Until later, stay warm and flourish!

    



Sunday, February 1, 2015

15 Minutes a Day in February....

January seemed to be a month of motivating organizational posts in the blogosphere!

I've been perusing organizational tips from a variety of sources - everything from decluttering the house for the new year to organizing cosmetics and getting my purse into some semblance of order.  And I have gleaned a few ideas to implement in 2015.  

But, mostly I've been drooling over the ever-so-lovely life planners from Erin Condren......



But, that's another post entirely!  So, back to the house.....

I don't just need to declutter.  I need to DECRAPIFY!!!  Yep, I'm in a "toss it out" kind of mood.  I don't know where the "crap" comes from, but I do know that it seems to breed and multiply once it arrives.  

One of the more manageable ideas I've come across (when I'm wasting time online rather than decrapifying like I should be) is the 15 minute theory of organization.  The concept is extremely simple: 

Spend 15 minutes a day organizing one small area of your home.  

Don't tackle a project that can't be accomplished in 15 minutes.  

Do it every day!

Sounds simple and doable for me!  The question is - will it actually make a difference???

Today, being the first day of February, seemed the perfect day to get started.  So, I tackled my sock drawer.  My sock drawer isn't large, but it was sure full of crap!  I swear, some of the socks I threw away were at least 12 years old...and hadn't been worn in at least 10!

I was ruthless - I chunked a ton of socks.  So many that I filled a large brown grocery sack!  And, I can't begin to tell you how satisfying it was to carry that bag to the dumpster and toss it in.  

It may seem like a small thing, but it was very motivational.  I enjoyed the feeling I gained in that 15 minutes so much that I am inspired to move forward with this tomorrow and tackle another 15 minute project.  

Perhaps that is the key to this project - the tasks are small and yet the rewards big enough to keep you moving forward.  

Do you have an organizational tip or method that works for you?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Leave a message in the comments below and inspire me!!!

Now, back to wasting time online and dreaming about that life planner.....





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