Declutter Challenge, Looking Back (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 9)

So, I’m going to tap into my inner-Jerry Springer and wax a little philosophical today with, “Declutter Challenge, Looking Back: Reflections on the Point of It All, If There’s Any.”

But before I do–I thought I’d briefly let you know what I did on Day 9. I wimped out and started to declutter the desktop on my laptop. You know, all those icons of screenshots and documents that populate your main screen? I started decluttering those. Why only started? Even though I managed to declutter 27 items from the desktop, I seemed only to have scratched the surface.

Why wimped out? Because I’m still dealing with the flu, it’s o’dark early again and a sedentary declutter seemed in order. While it does look improved, it also evinces that there’s more to go in that department (there’s at least 27 more items), which is not exactly the … result I was looking for. Moving on…

The Declutter Challenge, Looking Back

Day 9: Declutter#2015 Challenge

Every year, while the bells are jingling and tiny LED lights are twinkling, I’ll think about clean sweep–out with the old and in with the new!–as I rummage through a dusty box with ornaments and ribbons and wrapping paper in our basement storage area. Then, I’ll quickly sweep the thought of a big purge under the rug. (“That’s what Spring cleaning’s for! Do it later!”)

On one of the declutter days, I came across a little postcard that I designed when I was running, managing and promoting a restaurant with my sweetheart. It was folded and tucked into one of the purses that I gave away during Day 2 of this declutter challenge. I held it in my hand, and was unable to simply toss it.

Why? Because that postcard held memories! But it’s not the postcard. It’s me. My mind holds and keeps the thoughts. So, if my mind is clutching a memory, where’s the space for the new? Will I even realize it when opportunity comes a-knocking if I’m holding on to the old? Can my hands sculpt a new creation while they’re clutching an old anything?

No good reason not to do the Declutter Challenge

This time, when I read about the nine-day/27-item Declutter Challenge, it just seemed so manageable, there wasn’t really a good reason not to do it. Add to that, how really motivated I am to move forward with my novel, a nonfiction book I’m editing, and all sorts of other new things I want to do and learn this year. Who can (realistically) get anything done with extra baggage?

So, whatever time of year it is, the right time to declutter and make way for the life you wish to design for yourself is now. If you need to hold yourself accountable by making it public, drop me a line here, or on Twitter (@cynthiatluna), or Instagram (@livingincyn), or wherever with #Declutter2016! You can do it!!

Declutter 27 Twitter Accounts–even George Takei’s (#declutter2015 Challenge)

Declutter 27 Twitter accounts: that was my objective for the day because, frankly, I wasn’t really up to much more. I’ve been suffering from a cold or a flu for the past few days, and today being the first where I had to wake up to an alarm clock, I just couldn’t see myself doing a bunch of sorting at o’dark early in the AM. So, I hurried through much of my morning routine, and had 10 minutes to spare before having to leave the house to catch my bus.

Declutter 27 Twitter accountsSo, at 4:50 am (you don’t want to know when I woke up), I sat at my computer, plugged “unfollow on Twitter” into a search engine and picked the first free app available: unfollowers.com. The cool thing about it is that you can sort through your followers–or non-followers as it were–and then you can unfollow declutter them based on the last time they tweeted or how long their account has been open or whatever.

Declutter 27 Twitter Accounts is the New Unfollow!

Day 9 #Declutter2015 Challenge: Declutter 27 Twitter accountsI think I chose Tweet frequency first. Anyone who hasn’t tweeted in 12 months was “unfollowed”. Easy. Another criterion: people who weren’t following me back. I parsed through this list a little more closely–because, even though Stephen King isn’t following me back, he also isn’t following back 99.99% of his six-figure follower base, and I’m curious about what his next tweet will hold. But George Takei? I follow him on Facebook anyway… Unfollow! (Sorry, if you’re reading this, George. It’s not you, it’s the new me–clutter-free!)

So, I decluttered my Twitter list and evened out my following-to-follower ratio a little more closely in less than 10 minutes. Done! Now, off to work!

#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 8, Declutter 27 Twitter accountsJoin the Declutter Challenge! Just use #Declutter2016 when you Tweet. Or Instagram proof of your 27 items.

If you come across this blog post in 2016 or later, go ahead and use the new #Declutter2016 hashtag. My blogposts still have the 2015 hashtag, because I started in 2015, I’m decluttering 2015 junk for the most part anyway. 🙂

Good on you for decluttering! Send in your evidence of a decluttered day! Go ahead and post a link to your blog (with picture) to comments below!

Little Box of Secrets? Or Clutter? (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 7)

Day 7 of the Declutter Challenge. It’s funny, because yesterday, I was all gung-ho, and today I was met with a lot of inner resistance. It was like a little voice inside of me was like, “Yeah, I’ve been noticing your getting all giddy about throwing perfectly good memories away, and I don’t like it one bit!” So irrational, but true!

Day 7 #Declutter2015: Japanese boxI went straight to this recycling area in the kitchen where my husband and I gather glass and plastic bottles, and I was going to start counting them (cheating, I know!) just to diminish my 27-item count. Well, my inner voice’s plan was totally foiled, because my husband took those items with him on his walk to work this morning. So, no decluttering there. (Did I mention he’s much better at this than I am?)

Declutter Challenge Inspires Haiku

When I went to our bedroom, I noticed a small Japanese box. It nestles and stacks, and I idly wondered what was in there.

Day 7 #Declutter2015: Japanese boxLo and behold! A veritable wad of receipts among other stupid sh*t (there’s really no better word for it) that I had been MOVING around the world for years!

In fact, that little box has served as little more than a clutter collector. It had a plethora of expired debit cards (really? more?), paper clips (kept those!), a couple of library cards from cities in the U.S. where I don’t live and that are even thousands of miles apart from each other, and some frequent flyer cards under my old married name. Who knows if those are even valid? I haven’t flown with those airlines in years.

Small Japanese box
Hides clutter from me so long.
Old receipts, no secrets.

This little exercise did turn up enough clutter to account for just over 20 items for today’s challenge. Still, I needed seven more items. Seeing all those wallet cards had me thinking about my own portemonnaie.

Day 7 #Declutter2015: Japanese box… And a return to my purse!

Remember my purse purge from just a couple days ago? Well, I actually neglected to declutter my wallet. So, while my purse has been decluttered, my wallet was “bustin’ a gut” with receipts and who knows what else? (Well, I know what not else–which is another reason for this challenge.) So, I upped my tally with a little declutter there too. Et voilà!

Day 7 #Declutter2015: Littel Japanese Box ClutterJoin the Declutter Challenge! Just use #Declutter2016 when you Tweet. Or Instagram proof of your 27 items.

If you come across this blog post in 2016 or later, go ahead and use the new #Declutter2016 hashtag. My blogposts still have the 2015 hashtag, because I started in 2015, I’m decluttering 2015 junk for the most part anyway. 🙂

Good on you for decluttering! Send in your evidence of a decluttered day! Go ahead and post a link to your blog (with picture) to comments below!

More Heretofore Dreaded Paperwork (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 6)

Good thing I didn’t start this challenge with paperwork. With every passing day, I’m realizing how this exercise has me looking forward to removing more clutter from my physical space. I’ll see now how gunk that I had never really noticed almost presents itself to me and pushes its way to center stage, as if to cry, “Hey! Declutter me!” And I can respond, “Gladly! Now, I only have 26 items to declutter tomorrow!”

So, because I was feeling so good, so high on releasing today, I decided to return to the “dreaded paperwork”. 🙂 And it wasn’t so bad.

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Bookshelf clutter (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 5)

Day 5 #Declutter2015: BookshelfAh, bookshelf clutter! I’m beginning to see that I have tendency to attract information. That’s why I seem to amass a lot of clutter in the form of paper, which I stack up unattractively on shelves. That’s what I targeted in today’s #declutter2015 challenge (now leaked into 2016).

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