March has been a busy month, which has meant that momentum has slowed on my quest to declutter and organize.
But, looking back at my plan for March; which fell under three headings: clutter, writing and personal; I haven’t done too badly. I am still making progress!
Soooo… not done quite as well with this over the last month. But, I have managed to work on my bedroom and the dining room, which was necessitated by the wee girl’s birthday party, and did involve a randoms box being filled and simply moved elsewhere! Only one box though :)
The kids clothes mountain in the corner of my bedroom is gone. Well, it’s sorted and boxed/bagged anyway. And, not in the corner of my bedroom anymore! Quite a bit has left the house in fact, at last.
The dining room is tidy, although clearing the table has resulted in it becoming a new spot for homework, but hey ho, at least I can see the top of the table again!
My plan was to not plan, to just write. And, I did.
I got back into the habit of writing every day and I loved it. I published a blog post every day in March, helped by the fact that I had spent a lot of time in February planning and scheduling. It felt good to be publishing again. It also felt good to be interacting again; joining in with the odd linky and comment thread, just getting back into the swing of things.
I’m going into April without any posts scheduled, but with my editorial calendar planned for the month. That’s a good start :)
March was busy, and in the end I didn’t have quite as much ‘time off’ as I’d hoped for.
But, what it did prove to me was that my push to take care of myself, so that I can take care of everyone else, is the right thing to do. I got tired, I got grumpy. I shouted more. It was the reminder and validation I needed that I am doing the right thing in trying to let go of the craziness. To do less, to enjoy more.
This is going to be the top of list every month! I have a lot to do.
My husband has re-painted and re-shelved one closet and is working on another right now. This is my opportunity to go through some of the random boxes that are/were stored in these cupboards and sort them out. So, that is task number one for April.
Task number two is to develop/reduce/manage our paper storage systems. We are drowning under paper. Aren’t we all?
So, I am taking inspiration from various sources; in particular the book, The Joy of Less and the website, A Bowl Full of Lemons (I have also bought the book!) and working on what needs to be filed, and how.
One of the things I hate most about our cluttered life is that I can never find anything; I need a system!
Last month I was offered a great sponsored post opportunity for the blog, but I declined. Partly because I still haven’t resolved in my own mind how I feel about monetizing, but mainly because it would have involved a series of five articles, with research required. And deadlines.
I don’t yet feel that I’m organized enough in any part of my life to commit to a project like that.
I want to feel organized enough to take these opportunities though.
So, while my editorial calendar is full of ideas, and is taking on a better shape (with new features and regular items), it’s too full.
It was fun challenging myself to publish every day in March, and it was great for getting me back into the habit of writing. It didn’t leave me a lot of thinking time though. I need to clear at least one, if not two days a week that I can use for development, forward planning and unexpected opportunities!
And time off.
So, my goal for April is to develop a regular publishing schedule that allows for two days a week ‘off’. I have so many ideas, the problem isn’t filling my editorial calendar, it’s not doing everything, all at once. Some posts can wait.
Deciding what not to do may in fact be just as important as deciding what to do.
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