Updated ~ I just found out that I have five copies of Gail’s book to giveaway. So that means FIVE participants will win at the end of the month, yay!!!
Before we get into this months challenge I want to thank everyone who participated in April. What a great turnout! All that organizing going on just gets me all fired up, I love it! From the list of those that participated I picked a winner, via random generator, to win a copy of Lea Schneider’s fantastic book, Growing Up Organized: A Mom to Mom Guide. That person is:
Kayren from Everything’s Coming Up Daisies!
Kayren did an amazing job on her master bedroom closet. My goodness, was she ever on a roll! Definitely an inspiration as were all the entries. If you are ever in need of some motivation try scrolling through the links and see what happens :)
This month your monthly challenge is to tackle one surface or shelf in your home. Well that doesn’t sound too hard does it. Pick any kind of surface (even the floor counts) or any kind of shelf, take your before pictures and then clear the area. You knew I was going to say that didn’t you? Didn’t you? Remove, sort and purge!
I recently had the opportunity to read another organizing book sent to me called Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Lifeby Gail Blanke.
I was intrigued with this book right from the beginning because I LOVE throwing things out. My goodness if I’m having a bad day you should see how fast my pile grows. Toss, toss, toss. It is so freeing and rewarding and addictive. Over time and with all the practice I’ve had this process has gotten to be like second nature for me. However I recognize that this is not the case for everyone which is where this book is so helpful. Gail encourages us to throw fifty things away right now. Why? This is what Gail has to say about that:
You’re really going to be surprised by how easy it is to throw out fifty things. And I have to say here and now that the reason for fifty is not arbitrary. Once you make it to fifty, a kind of wonderful momentum takes over; before you know it, the throwing out thing becomes a habit, an ongoing mind-set. And then something really, really good happens: You take control of your life. You start living it, it stops living you. “If you want to grow, you gotta let go” and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.
I challenge you to try it this weekend. As you go about your task of organizing a surface in your home, think about throwing out fifty things. Well actually don’t just think about it, do it! Come back and tell me how you did. I’m excited because I know it’s possible for you. For all of us. Starting is the hardest part but once you get on roll, watch out world!
Here are Gail’s four rules of disengagement to guide you:
1. If it-the thing, the belief or conviction, the memory, the job, even the person-weighs you down, clogs you up, or just plain makes you feel bad about yourself, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on.
2. If it (see above!) just sits there, taking up room and contributing nothing positive to your life, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Thowing out what’s negative helps you rediscover what’s positive.
3. Don’t make the decision-whether to toss it or keep it-a hard one. If you have to weigh the pros and cons for too long or agonize about the right thing to do, throw it out.
4. Don’t be afraid. This is your life we’re talking about. The only one you’ve got for sure. You don’t have the time, energy, or room for physical or psychic waste.
You can find more information on Gail’s book on her website. And here’s the thing. Those participating in this month’s challenge will be eligible to win their own copy of Gail’s book! All you have to do is come back here at the end of the month and link up your post sharing your before and after pictures of this month’s challenge.
Who’s joining me?