February 4th: Make Something

I have been on the hunt for a spice rack for a while now. Since I have been cooking and baking more spices have been piling up in my cabinets. Often it is hard to find what I am looking for because there is no organization.

It is quite ridiculous that I have not been able to find just a simple rack. Almost all of them already have the spices included and I don’t need them. I just need somewhere to put them.

Today, I was at a store looking through arts and crafts section and came across magnetic adhesive strips.

And I thought. It would be so simple to just adhere a strip to the back of spice bottles and then organize them in the side of my fridge.

So I did it!

So I did it. So simple. So cheap. And I feel a little more organized!

January 1st: Purge One Item Everyday for a Month

Here we go again. Last year was not as good as I would hope but I’m going for… I only marked 60 things off my life… but I’m going for it again. This year I am kicking it off with purging items to declutter my life.

On the 1st I threw away some old boots that I have been holding onto for far too long.

Throughout the month I will continue to throw things out in hopes to clean up my house. They say decluttering brings a sense of peace.

January 31st: Hang a Coat Rack

It might seem like a trivial thing but any homeowner will tell you, when you buy a new home you expect to do a lot of thing. You expect them to happen right away, like it’s easy to just make a comfortable, organized and full home in a month.

I have lived in my house for 7 months now! Which, is so exciting… but day to day there are things that I look at and say “man, I really need to get this or that done, yet tasks always seem to fall by the wayside”.

One of my big things has been to hang a coat rack. Particularly, living in Colorado during the winter, I have 2-5 coats in rotation that I use on a regular basis. Typically they end up in a pile by my front door. BUT NO MORE!

I hung a coat rack today and like I said, though it may seem trivial, I absolutely love how much more organized and decluttered it makes me feel. Sometimes the smallest tasks are the best.

January 4th: Purge Contact List in My Phonebook

This one is simple. And it took me about 15 minutes, but it felt good after. I deleted quite a few people that I honestly did not even know who they were. But I also came across a lot of people that I have not talked to in a long time, who I might want to reconnect with soon.

Simple task. Simple rewards. But making sure to build on your life and do new things everyday continuously reminds me to not stay stagnate. A task a day, regardless of how small, seems to make a difference.

As for a my food intake today I might be going back to old habits, so I need to check myself. Anyway, here is Day Three of my one week food log challenge that I started on January 2nd:

Gyro Sandwich with potato salad

Small Farmhouse Salad with apple cider vingerette

Soft Pretzel Bites with beer musturd

3 Ciders

June 2nd: Do Not Check Social Media for the Day

As a social media manager, which I am if I have never mentioned that before… it is pretty hard to steer clear of social media all day.

This was first thing this morning and I just had to refuse to look…


But not checking social media today all became possible since I spent the day with my nieces. Now that they are asleep I still have a hour and a half to go, but I think I can make it (spare this post as social media and more a catergorical memo).

I have a TON of notifications waiting for me but I cannot describe the amazingness and free feeling I got from not looking at anything today. I think my generation and most definitely, generations after me, have forgotten what it is like to unplug and just be in the moment.

However, strangely, it also maybe me uneasy and somewhat anxious. I feel disconnected and behind in my day. I scheduled a bunch of posts to go out today and even tomorrow for work, but not responding or answering questions, comments and likes makes me feel anxious. 

For now, I just need to revel in the independence from it and think more consciously daily about letting messages go unanswered for a few hours of not commenting on things within 2 minutes.

April 30th: List 10 Material Things I am Thankful For…

…and get rid of 10 things not on the list.

I know that life is not all about material things but we live in a society where they do start to consume us a little. Today, I am just doing a bit more decluttering. This is forcing me to think about the things I truly use and enjoy and purge some of the things that just really are not necessary. Like with my month of purging an item a day, this feels super satisfying and cleansing of both space and mind.

1. My computer.

2. My car.

3. My (NEW) plants. 😁🌿

4. My books.

5. My golf clubs.

6. My art (my own and other art I have collected).

7. My bed.

8. My art supplies.

9. My race medals.

10. My collection of cameras.

So… those things I appreciate the most, and would hate to live without. (Especially my bed πŸ˜‚). So now, I need to toss some stuff.

March 25th: Donate Clothes

After cleaning my bedroom closet it only seemed natural that I complete this task next. 

Because well of course when I cleaned out my closet I got rid of a lot of clothes that either no longer fit me or I just never wear.

I still have more clothes in my closet than I need or probably wear, but maybe if I go through everything again in a month or so I can continue to declutter.

March 24th: Clean the Bedroom Closet

So Spring is here and it only seems appropriate to start some Spring Cleaning.

I thought cleaning out the closet was going to be really difficult but after some of my purging efforts that  as part of my other things for the year I had a lot less clutter than expected.

The closet is still full… because I still have way too much stuff. But it is cleaned and more organized, so there is definitely a nice sense of relief.

March 6th: Listen to Jazz

So this should be a daily habit now that I have a record player… but I just do not have enough good stuff. I have spent the last hour or so doing some graphic work and marketing stuff… and have just been walking to the living room to flip my Miles Davis record over, again and again.

There is something relaxing about jazz, even in the moments when things are heightened and almost edgy. There still seems to be a sense of relaxation from song to song. Anyway, here is my task for the day: Listen to Jazz and that is what I am doing… and probably will be doing for the next few hours before I hit the pillow and get some zzz’s.

I am still in my 30 days of purging items and I would say it is going rather well. I keep getting to different areas of my room, or closet, or kitchen space… and kind of just throwing everything away. It feels good to minimalize.

Bonus for today: I decided to grab two bags out of my closet, see what was in them, and throw out what I could. I only ended up throwing away one old box of unused black and white photographic paper… I am pretty sure by now it has become exposed and would not print anything anyway. But I found multiple boxes of my old darkroom prints from college. I did not go through them yet, but I will, and am excited to see what is in there. I will probably throw a bunch away. But maybe I will put others up on my Facebook or Instagram and try to sell them! I think there is some good stuff in there!

February 28th: Clean out the Fridge

Just a little more purging for the day. And a new task to check off the list. (Which should probably be done more often than I like to admit.)

This task makes me feel a little more productive and organized.  It also made me feel like I should go grocery shopping to have more items (and health foods) around.

Even though this is only the third day of purging items I think this is going to be great for my mood and daily life. It feels great to organize and get rid of things that sit in piles and cause clutter. 

I found this interesting article of 10 Ways to Declutter and there are a few on there that I might try. One specific is to get rid of one item every day for a year. I am starting with a month but maybe just try and continue past that.

Also, Why decluttering is good for you!

While I was researching for this I also found a Woman Did Not Spend Money for a Year. Of course she paid rent, bills, debts, and bought food but she cut out unnecessary items. I have on my list “do not spend money for a day” but I might add time to that. This could really help me save money for that house I am trying to buy too!