I decided to give One Little Word another try. I did it in 2016 with the word Simplicity, and although I had a few successful months getting things organized and decluttered, I didn't carry through the whole year. In fact, I think I only made it until April. This time I wanted to choose a word of action, something where I would do something consistently throughout the year. At first I thought I'd do something daily but decided I needed to be more flexible (I couldn't see cleaning my closet on the 4th of July or decluttering the kitchen on Christmas). So my goal became to do 30 things every month that would help me get organized and be more efficient. 3o things a month x 12 months a year = 360. And with that my word (or should I say number) became clear to me. I liked the number 360, because in math it also means making a full rotation, and I'm hopeful that by the end of the year I will have made a full rotation throughout my home and lifestyle.
Besides the normal class prompts I will include a list of the 30 things I have done each month as well as a few photos of the things I have accomplished.
This method has been working so well for me already. It's motivating me to find little "hot spots" that need attention, and then fix them right away so I can add them to my list. Some things only take a couple of minutes, and some will take a few hours. Eventually I might take some of the bigger tasks like "clean out the spare room" and break it down to smaller tasks like "clear out the bookshelves." I was expecting this to take all month but I've already done 30 things for January. I love the flexibility I have with this method. In the past I would have set my goals first and then felt guilty if I didn't meet them. This way I can work on what I want, when I want. Here's a few examples of some things I have done so far.
Cleaned up my nightstand: and finally came up with a place to store my reading glasses so I wouldn't keep misplacing them
Put away Christmas decorations: this was a big one for me as I usually procrastinate when it comes to taking down Christmas. I also went through the decorations as I was putting them away and donated some, and threw broken ones away or repaired them.
Signed up for Informed Delivery: I love this new app from the post office that tells you when the mail has been delivered to your mailbox
Purged Scrapbook Supplies: I always like starting fresh by donating or throwing out old supplies. I also took the time to replace any ink pads that were old and drying out.
Turned in Loose Change: It's been at least 10 years since we've turned in our loose change. We went through the house, cars, couch cushions, etc. and literally ended up with a bucket full of change. I actually gave my daughter and her friend a percentage of the total to help carry it into the store because it was too heavy for me. Even thought it had been a long time since we had done this, I was shocked by the total amount we made... over $700!
Besides the obvious monetary gain, I am so encouraged with this project. Every time I walk by the fireplace which has been cleaned up, or listen to my playlist on my phone which has been organized, I feel lighter and happier. I really feel like this is a project I will keep on doing for the full year. It helps beings able to see such tangible results. I will update on a monthly basis to see my progress. Are you doing One Little Word?