photo by Patti O'Shea, WANA Commons
photo by Patti O’Shea, WANA Commons

I recently read an article in which the author discussed the following decluttering technique: Get rid of 10 things every day. These things can be as small as a pen that’s out of ink or a scrap of paper or as large as a piece of furniture.

I live in an 1,100-square-foot apartment, so decluttering is key to keeping my sanity. Every once in a while, I look around and realize my stuff has gotten out of control. That’s where I’m at right now.

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by our stuff. A knickknack is one more thing to move when we’re dusting; a DVD is just taking up space on a shelf; an old coffee table is just pushed up against the wall and covered in clutter. I’m a big believer in simple living. I’m not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t like owning things simply because they might, one day, come in handy.

This exercise is easy because it doesn’t require emptying the contents of a closet, sorting through every item, and deciding what to get rid of. You simply wander around your home and choose 10 things you don’t need. Yesterday, for example, I got rid of the following items: two towels, five dried-up containers of acrylic paint, and three bottles of hotel lotion that were years old. Today, so far, I’ve gotten rid of four items: an old pair of my husband’s khakis that were riddled with holes, an old set of makeup brushes, and two cosmetic items.

I’m learning that decluttering is a process. I’m going to keep going with this exercise until I’m happy with the amount of stuff I own. After that, I’m going to try to implement a one-item in, one-item out policy: Every time I bring in something new, I get rid of something else.

What about you? Do you ever feel the urge to declutter? What process do you use?

Lastly, a Sunday ROW80 check-in…

Writing Goals

1.) Finish a third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Did some minor revisions and did a read-through. I’ve taken lots of notes and am ready to do another round of revisions.

2.) Finish a fourth draft of “Made of Shadows.” On hold.

3.) Finish a draft of another story, to be determined. On hold.

4.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Read a chapter in “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.

5.) Do morning pages daily, Monday-Friday. Three of five days.

Social Media Goals

1.) Check in on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest daily, Monday-Friday. Three of five days.

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met.

3.) Comment on three-five blogs daily, Monday-Thursday. Met for Wednesday and Thursday, not for Monday and Tuesday.

ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop. Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

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