Hodgepodge! Jumble! Chaos! Muddle! Holy Mess!
There are many words to describe clutter—but it all boils down to one thing: a state or condition of confusion. And that is what most of us should be trying to avoid. Life is stressful enough without adding more, right? Yet even though studies show that clutter contributes to stress, many people live with it.
- Do you have more than one ‘junk’ drawer in your home?
- Is your email inbox clogged with messages you don’t even open?
- When you open your closets, does stuff fall out on you?
- If unexpected company comes, do you rush around, clearing books, papers, and other items?
- Have you had a late fee from an unpaid bill because it got lost in the mess on your desk?
If you answered YES to any one of these questions, it may be time to take control. If you are a parent, organization is especially important – those last minute searches for missing homework or a lost shoe are no fun at all!
This is my plan:
- Get a big shopping bag for each room…clear off every counter/desk/shelf/chair of anything that doesn’t belong. Ahhh…now that looks much better. When I have time, I can go through each bag and decide whether the items should be stored, given away, or thrown away.
- Use a letter file holder to keep bills and important mail…if possible, set up auto-pay.
- Set aside 15-30 minutes every day to go through one drawer or one closet or one cabinet and divide the contents into three piles: keep, give away, throw away. If you are a fan of Craig’s List or garage/yard sales, you can have a fourth pile…you might even make some money!
- Do the same thing with my emails—15-30 minutes every day to delete and unsubscribe from unwanted spam.
Are you ready?
It’s really as simple as 1, 2, 3.
I’ve got a busy year ahead of me, so it’s really important that I get everything in order now.
- Participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge.
- Signed up for a Pro Membership for Rate Your Story.
- Excited to continue exchanging manuscripts with my critique groups.
- Can’t wait for Kristen Fulton’s WOW Retreat in July.
- And so thrilled to have my agent, Essie White, by my side as I continue my writing journey.
- Reach out with a school visit program for the local Pre-K, kindergartens, and first grades.
- Continue reviewing picture books every Friday to link up with Susanna Hill.
- Continue the Will Write for Cookies series which posts every third Saturday of the month…please check out December’s featured author, the hilariously funny Artie Bennett. With the holidays, I think many people missed reading that one: https://viviankirkfield.com/2015/12/19/artie-bennett-will-write-for-cookies/ I’m extending the deadline for commenting on that post – you have until Friday, January 8 – and then we will do Random.org to pick the winner of a copy of a lovely middle grade anthology, Kissed by an Angel.
- I’ve even signed up for a free online class offered by WordPress…it’s called Blogging101…I’m hoping it will help me create a better blog.
Yes, it’s going to be an exciting year!
How about you? What are your plans for the year? Do you have any tips that help you keep your life in order? Or any special frustrations concerning clutter? Why not share them in the comments and at the end of the month, we’ll do another giveaway.
See you back here on Friday as we get into the swing of things with our Perfect Picture Book Friday review and activity for kids. And don’t forget to leave a comment on Artie’s post!