Tuesday, December 21, 2010

my new year's resolution


I look forward to making my New Year's Resolution every year.  I am very much a type-A personality.  I love lists, charts, routines, schedules and clipboards.  And, I love New Year's Resolutions.  Really.  I get excited to make my resolution every year.  It's like a brand new box of crayons.  A fresh start, so many possibilities and I usually have a really hard time deciding because I have so many resolutions that I want to make.

But, this year is different because I know exactly what my resolution is and I am not torn between several.  This year I am decluttering.  Every.day.all.year.long.

My resolution is to get rid of 25 things per day.  I am devoting 15 minutes a day to my decluttering my life.  That is about the extent of what I can commit to and I think I can accomplish a lot in just 15 minutes a day.  There are so many spaces that come to mind right off the bat that I could probably find 25 things to get rid of in just 5 minutes, honestly.  My closet is cram packed with clothes that I don't wear or like.  My office is stuffed with books that I've already read.  Both of the kids rooms have buckets of toys that don't get played with and books that are no longer read and their closets are full of clothes that have long been outgrown.  Our garage is full of boxes of who knows what. 

I know that part of this is just typical when you have two little kids and a dog and a busy life.  But, really.  I'm over the stuff.  It drains me.

The older I get the less I want.  10 years ago, there was so much stuff that I wanted.  Clothes and shoes and furniture and purses and cars and this list went on and on.  Christmas was the best day of the year because that's when you got tons of new stuff that you had been dreaming about.  Now that I am nearing 30 {wow...} I want less.  There is nothing that I want for Christmas.  I have a beautiful life with an amazing husband and two beautiful children and the rest is great, but at the end of the day, it just doesn't matter to me.  It all just takes up so much time and energy.  Time spent dusting and cleaning and energy looking for things I already have, but can't find.  Such a waste.  And, what I really want now is not more stuff, its more experiences.  More time spent curled up with a good book, more time lounging on the beach.  More time spent reading bedtime stories and playing board games and laughing and enjoying what I already have and the people that I love.  Not more cleaning and maintaining and looking for and tripping over oodles of stuff that I don't use or need and can't find when I do need it anyway.

So, starting January 1st, I will be setting my timer for 15 minutes a day and tossing or donating 25 things per day.  I am going to chart my progress on our family wall calendar.  I'm so excited!!

Do you make a New Year's Resolution?  I'd love to hear it!

{PS If you read all the way to the end of this post, thank you.   I realize that it was a long ramble.  See what happens when I get excited about something?}


12 comments:

  1. I think that that is a great idea! This year I would love to do the same and even talk my kids into doing it as well! We need to get down to the simple things in life and enjoy what we have! Good luck to you and Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!

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  2. ~*~wonderful idea Amber!!~*I tend to always declutter all year long..so as of now I dont have enough to get rid of 15 items a day!!lol..;)~*~Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!! Hugs,Rachel

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