Sunday ROW80 check-in: Decluttering Madness

As far as writing goes, April was a slow month. I did finish the third draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic,” though, so it wasn’t a total loss. I’d like to clean that one up and send it to beta readers so they can read it while I work on “Made of Shadows.”

April might have been slow for writing, but decluttering went extremely well. I’ve lost count, but I’ve gotten rid of well over 100 magazines and literally thousands of papers—in addition to a bunch of random items I just wasn’t using anymore. My office has never been so organized. I feel so much lighter now that I’m not bogged down by all of those pieces of paper and random items that were no longer useful. Trips to the recycling center and to Goodwill are definitely in order. I still have more to do, but I’m off to a strong start.

I’m glad I started on the decluttering process, because there’s a strong possibility that hubby and I will be moving to a new place this summer. Having less to pack and lug around will be wonderful. It also looks like I might be teaching in the fall, so I have that to plan for. A lot happened in April–thus my previous post on “distractions.”

Hopefully in May I can kick my writing in high gear and dig into these revisions on “Made of Shadows.” My goal is to have two or three query-ready drafts completed by the end of the year. I’m working toward that goal.

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? Have you started spring cleaning? Do you ever go on a decluttering spree? I’d love to hear from you!

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11 thoughts on “Sunday ROW80 check-in: Decluttering Madness

  1. I definitely need to declutter – I’ve made a little progress. You’ve done a lot! April was slow month for me as well – May is already picking up. Maybe with the nicer weather it will energize us!

    • The nicer weather definitely has inspired me to do some spring cleaning–that and getting the apartment ready for potential new tenants. Now if only I could get some serious writing done. Thanks, Bev!

  2. Sounds like you’ve been busy and it isn’t going to stop being busy anytime soon! I really keep thinking I should try your decluttering thing, but I’m still working on fine tuning my stuff since my schedule changed. I think now I am on my way to being back on track, with my schedule (and some goals) adjusted.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    • I started out by getting rid of 10 items a day, and my decluttering spree just grew from there. I think it helps to start small. Now if only I could get my writing schedule back on track, that would be great. Hope you had a wonderful week, Gloria!

  3. Thank you for writing about decluttering . . . that crucial task is so easy to sidestep, at least for me. Sounds like a good strategy for you, if more change and a move is on its way. I can always tell when it’s time to declutter as my office gets swamped with piles and piles of little tasks/projects that need my attention. I can’t see where to begin. And so comes that day of decluttering and organizing, much like you. But what I appreciate here is how deep you’re working. So, does this mean I could recycle my notes for Book 1 that has been out nearly a year? I can’t imagine I’ll pour back over these research notes any time soon, if at all (and they take up an entire filing cabinet drawer). Files for the current project are sitting on the floor! That alone should motivate me to declutter — as your post here did! Make it a good week.

    • Beth, my office was the same way–piles of papers everywhere, file crates stuffed full of old papers. I feel so much better now that I’ve done this massive decluttering. I still have some areas to work on, but I can honestly say my office has never been more organized. Good luck with your decluttering!

  4. Good for you Denise! I just moved and oh boy, what a distraction. It wasn’t the fact that there was a lot of clutter. It’s just the move itself. It’s unbelievably stressful. All the packing and unpacking. In fact, I’m still not done unpacking. So there’s been no writing for a while because of this. Thus, I hate moving. lol. But you’re smart to uncluttered before you move this summer. I wish you the best my friend. Because I was derailed. 🙂

    • Yeah, we haven’t even moved yet and I’m already distracted by related items–insurance, getting the apartment ready for someone to take over our lease, etc. I’m hoping things calm down soon so I can really dig into my next writing project–a novel that I wrote a few years ago that’s in desperate need of revision. Thanks for commenting, Karen, and happy writing!

  5. Sounds like you’ve got a lot on the horizon . . . a new home, a new job. Wow!
    Doesn’t decluttering feel great? If I had a month to do nothing else, I bet this place could look a.ma.zing . . . and like you said, I would feel so much lighter.
    All the best with your writing and non-writing goals.
    Keep us posted on how things come together.
    TTFN

    • Yeah, it’s been a busy few weeks, but I’m excited–excited about the new place and about the prospect of teaching again. I love the feeling I get from decluttering. Having everything organized and merely owning less stuff feels great. Glad I started this process. I definitely feel lighter. Thanks for commenting, Steph. Happy writing!

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