I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011 covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.
I follow a LOT of blogs, getting probably 2 dozen or more emails a day for new posts. I cannot begin to read all of those and some I have lost interest in as my life has evolved. Many I simply followed because they followed me, seemed the thing to do, “I follow back”. I see now that following and actually FOLLOWING as in reading them, is something totally different. So, it is time to box up the majority of those blogs by unsubscribing to them. Lord knows I get enough spam to weed through. Not saying these are spam, I did subscribe and they are mostly all quality blogs, but my inbox gets so much stuff that trying to find the ones I really do read is just too hard. So, into the box and onto the shelf with those, just like magazines that come and are never unwrapped from the plastic.
That will also make room for a few more that I find this coming year that I may wish to follow.
My junk drawer…or rather drawers. I have a few that have become catch all spots when I am in a hurry and unsure what to do with things. Time to get that down to one. And that one needs attention too.
When I moved out of the marital residence I took all that was my personal items, and some other stuff we agreed too. Trouble is I have a good number of books and some odds and ends stuff that never get touched and really needs to just find its way on out to the curb on trash night. Many of the books would be good additions to a church library, and others well with the age of digital and ereaders it is time to dump them at the library. One read on many of them was enough.
This is holding me back in that I often cannot find what I do need for the stuff I don’t need. And honestly it is that stuff that if the house burned down or blew away, I’d likely not care let alone remember I had it to begin with. Good sign that it is time to let it go. And besides it is a lot of stuff that ties me to the past. I think it is just fine to walk memory lane and even look back to see how far I’ve come, but I don’t need to keep a good portion of it for that purpose.
Guess this week while the baby is sleeping I’ll be cleaning out my closet and drawers!