I’ve been in an off-and-on funk lately. A wilderness-wandering kind of deal. In between the awful and the all-better, waiting, waiting, waiting. Waiting for relief and reprieve and the go-ahead to forge onward and upward.
And when the waiting gets to me and I feel lost in the same-old same-old same-old drudgery, I get paralyzed. And play Settlers of Catan Cities and Knights on my iPhone.
I’ve got a little bit of an all-or-nothing problem. Go big or go to bed. And I need to do a little adapting.
Enter Operation: Use it Up!
Some of you might know of my slight obsession with purging things we don’t need. Sometimes it’s to liquidate and get us to Cambodia/help our friends in Cambodia, and sometimes it’s because I’m easily overwhelmed. And here’s Gabe’s take on it (a post I wrote just two days before he up and had a heart attack).
I’m living in a Land of Limits right now. Limited funds, limited options, limited resources, limited patience. So I’m on a mission to Make The Most Of. This little project could also be called Operation: Tie Up Loose Ends or Operation: Finish All the Things I’ve Started.
Whatever the title, here’s the plan:
For the months of September and October, I’m going to use up, finish up, write, mail, clean, de-clutter, organize, gift, re-purpose, recycle EVERYTHING. All of it.
Each little thing I do won’t seem like much, but it’s going to add up to BOOM BAM AWESOME.
And on my birthday (the last day of October), I will celebrate and rejoice with the angels as my entire home and life are 100% simplified, organized, and READY TO ROLL (whatever that may mean).
(please, God, help this not to fizzle)
And there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye. Maybe I’ll wax eloquent about my philosophy when it’s all said and done.
Here are some ideas off the top of my noggin.
Operation: Use it Up!
–use all the hotel shampoo/soap we’ve got lying around/stuffed in cupboards and drawers.
–empty all 31 (!!) photo albums, choose the very best pics to put back in.
–use up all my random note cards/envelopes to send encouragement notes to people I haven’t talked to in awhile.
–send some pics to old friends as a fun trip down memory lane.
–use up all the random food in the cupboards/fridge. (I’ve actually already pretty much done this.)
–use up all my scrap paper.
–and craft supplies.
–get rid of all the clothes people don’t wear. (I’ve mostly done this too.)
–pass special things on to friends who will appreciate them.
–go back through old journals and find things I want to blog/write e-books about.
–use up all my Scrabble tiles.
–use up all the bathroom stuff I’ve bought and didn’t like.
–get rid of the rest of the Christmas stuff. (I’m done with Christmas)
–scan the photos we took before we got our first digital camera.
–clean out desk drawers/junk drawers.
–get rid of every single thing I don’t use in the kitchen.
–write to our Compassion kid, Gabriel.
–give away things we used to love and now we don’t.
–finish my Cambodia e-book/the girls’ zoo e-book and write the one about unschooling.
–dispose of the baby turtle that died in our basement. (just checking to see if you made it this far)
–wax eloquent about my philosophy about all this when it’s all said and done.
–that’s a good start.
Any questions? Anybody want to join me in the insanity? What are some things that would be on your list?