I have a box all ready to go to the thrift store. My son is going along so I am just waiting for him to finish up what he is doing. Then I remembered, "Oh, I can reward myself with writing," which partially the intent of this blog.
Imagine, my surprise, then, when I logged in and found that my last post was January 1, 2013. Over a year ago! Don't get me wrong; I am fully aware that I am an inconsistent blogger. It's just that I didn't imagine it was over a year. Being naturally curious, I then asked myself why it has been so long since I blogged on here. Although I am still surrounded by clutter, it's certainly not because I have been keeping everything and chucking nothing.
Looking at my records on itsdeductible.com, I see I donated 6 times to 3 different locations (a total of 115 deductible items) in 2013. That doesn't include the donations I did a lousy job of recording, or that were giveable but not deductible, or that I gave to friends. Actually, a respectable amount of decluttering did happen. When I reflect, I realize that there were many times through the year that I was aware that I hadn't been blogging, but was also aware that it was because I didn't need to bribe myself with writing. Decluttering had gathered its own momentum, and I got to a point that I could keep going for the sheer pleasure of unburdening myself of my things. I was pickier about how I used my time, because I had the motivation.
What made 2013 different? I have read every book about decluttering and organizing. I have a knack for coming up with creative solutions. I have started over and over and over. Was 2013 really different?
I think it was. Right at the end of 2012, I joined the Procrastination Cure Club hosted by coach Wendy Joy Hart. Mind you, I know about Wendy for nearly a year, but I kept snagging free webinars, and not putting any money into it. When I took the plunge, I got hours and hours of recordings, a workbook, a Facebook community, and monthly group coaching calls. And I got unstuck.
The impetus for taking the plunge was the realization that my 2012 resolution was to create a home (physical, emotional, and virtual) for my inner artist-- and I had made NO progress in a whole year on the physical space. The corner of my family room that was my office space, and potentially my art space, was so full of STUFF that I couldn't use it at all. My mess was spilling out into the dining room because I would sit there with my laptop to pay bills. Within a month of the cure, I had cleared off the desk enough to make it usable, and by April I had totally cleaned it out and rearranged such that I had space for my art, too. That allowed me to make a collage I had been dreaming about forever, and to offer to make a similar name poem and collage for someone in my faith community (offered as a silent auction prize).
A leaky pipe caused water to drip into that space and everything had to be arranged, but I had tasted enough success to know that when Wendy Joy Hart revamped her Procrastination and Overwhelm Cure and offered the update to current club members at I discount, I should jump on it. I bought it for my birthday in October, telling myself that most of what I had accomplished in 2013 was due to the help of the Procrastination Cure. It has kept me learning and going in the direction of my dreams. A couple of weeks ago I met Wendy in person when I attended her life event, and I'm on another level completely. Again.
So, I am not one bit sorry that I let this blog lie fallow for over a year. I have been tilling the soil of my life. I can know that it's growing without showing the world a blossom every day.