Paperwork Decluttering Week!

The minimalism journey is a long one, it can take many years, but incorporating aspects of minimalism is doable by starting small, being focused and being consistent.

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I am not a minimalist but it is on my bucket list, although I am changing my ways and certain elements of minimalism are slowly creeping in to my life.  Although I have been decluttering for about 18 months, I have taken my eye of the ball the last four weeks and it is showing in my home, particularly in the paperwork department.  So it is Friday and today is ‘Paperwork Elimination’ day!

Today I plan to gather paperwork from all over the house, I have spotted it everywhere; my kitchen junk corner, yes, I have one of those, well it keeps the kitchen table clear (sort of).  I have papers in every drawer I open (except the cutlery drawer), even my knicker drawer has papers in (don’t ask).  My hall cupboard is just pure ‘paper porn’, I am hanging my head in shame as I type.  I have handbags with ‘papers’ in, some of these are just post-it notes to my self, saying things like ‘declutter hall cupboard’.  I can’t believe I create clutter with decluttering ‘To Do’ notes.  I can hear Marie Kondo ‘tutting’ at me right now ….. “I am sorry Marie, I will change, I promise, really I will, cross my heart and hope to …….. declutter!”

So, where have I gone wrong in my decluttering journey?  After careful consideration, I realise I have been concentrating on decluttering wardrobes; clothes, shoes and handbags the past few months.  Although, I have been scanning older paperwork, I have not kept on top of stuff being created; my incessant note writing, incoming mail etc.  I am of the belief that decluttering is not a ‘one off’, although that method does help initially.

I believe, decluttering is an ongoing process, you have to keep at it and not just focus on one category, like I have.  I have decided to have ‘themed’ weeks, yes I will be having a blitz of paperwork  for the next 7 days, I will spend at least 5-10 minutes a day focusing on well ……. paperwork, or at least clear a drawer a day or a small area, I will schedule this in to my planner.

I strongly associate having a declutter free organised home, very closely to my wellbeing.  You know the feeling when you wake up one day and you haven’t cleared up from the night before, dishes may still be on the drain board or god forbid, in the sink.  I can guarantee if I see a ‘messy’ kitchen when I wake up, it will makes me feel kind of crap.  But, when I wake up or come home to a tidy, clean house, that makes me feel really good, I feel proud, productive and relaxed, like now I can do what I want to do and not spend time tidying or cleaning.

If your home is a ‘mess’ like mine, even if the ‘mess’ is hidden in drawers, cupboards or handbags, start decluttering, even if it’s just one drawer or a handbag, do it, go on …………… now, doesn’t that make you feel good? like you have achieved something today, have been productive, have fed your sense of well-being, like an ‘organisation goddess’, okay ……. maybe I’ve gone too far!  But, I know it makes me feel super bloody organised and a ‘goddess’ in my eyes anyway.   You go little goddess, go achieve decluttering greatness, you divine little thing you!

 

 

 

 

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The Newbie Blogger!

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Well, It’s been a week since my blog went live, I’d just like to thank that one person who visited my site, oh wait I think that was me!  Anyway, regardless of the lack of traffic, I am enjoying writing for this site, I find it cathartic and relaxing, I hope to look back and cringe at what I’ve written one day …… that will mean I have improved.

I must admit, I thought it would be easier to start a blog, I did a lot of research, so much in fact I confused myself, in the end I just got to the point where I thought, ‘just do it’, I can learn as I go along, that’s my strategy.

I have been going to bed with SEOs, CSS, Analytics, Content Strategy, plug-ins, traffic, platforms, site maps to name but a few swirling around in my head.  Sooo much to learn, lucky for me I like learning, so this suits me down to the ground, unlucky for me I am not technically minded, so when I go on a ‘How To’ website, I end up with layers of google pages as I am looking up every other word they use that I don’t understand.  Something tells me I am going to learn a lot, I mean a real Lot, with a capital ‘L’.

Setting up a blog is actually the easy bit, getting people to actually visit your site is another thing, it’s a challenge I am looking forward to.  Apparently there are more than 10 million blogs out there, so competition to get to the top of google is steep, but like I have already mentioned, this is a journey for me with the hope it will be of use to others.

I haven’t actually told anyone I have a blog yet, I have discussed that I plan to have one to very few select people.  I will start to tell people, I guess I have sort of locked myself away for the last few weeks, since losing Sully and tried to keep busy with this blogging project.

I do have a tendency to over-plan everything, I am an avid list writer, brainstormer kind of person and have realised recently, sometimes you just need to take action.  You don’t have to wait for the time to be ‘right’, that time may never come, or to gather every bit of information you need to get the job done, you learn more ‘on the job’ than absorbing massive amounts of information.  So, take the first step no matter how small it is towards what you want, no matter what that is.  Put yourself out there, regrets are one of the saddest things in this life, not realising your potential is even sadder.

Yes, it is daunting, yes, this is taking up a lot of my free time and yes, I feel scared, bordering on excitement.  I want to be a good blogger, with good content that will be useful to someone who was just like me two years ago, not happy with themselves, plodding through life, unsure of how to change things.  I truly hope as this blog develops, it will inspire people to be more, do more and above all else awaken their passions!