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Archive for January 3rd, 2012

Toss-It Tuesdays. Join me?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I am not one for resolutions. However, I’ve found that stating action plans out loud and sharing them helps me achieve those plans.

I find that this time of year I stay in a lot, and I tend to notice things that are in my way. It’s easier to let go of things when I feel overpowered by too much stuff every day. In the summer, I’m on the porch or out in the world. In winter, I might as well free up my clutter. Right?

Peers for Tossing?

Are you feeling the same need? To just let go of a few things? Some days I will literally only toss a ballpoint pen which doesn’t write anymore. Other days I get out a box from the attic or basement and go through it, tossing most of the contents and saving the precious items which were buried within.

This has little to do with my normal ColorJoy topics… it’s not knitting or singing or dancing or even baking. However, if artful living includes many expressions, why not call refining our living spaces an artful endeavor as well?

In order to help my own focus, I’m inviting you to join me. I’m going to put together a group correspondence process (probably an email list where we can send each other messages of our progress, or asking for support).

What’s the Plan?

My plan right now is to focus every Tuesday through the end of April, tossing at least one thing out of my living space. I’d appreciate some companionship in this goal.

For the record, tossing does not require filling a landfill. If I have clothing I know Anna will want, I’ll give it to her. If I have other things charity can use, I can share that way.

However, I know that sometimes the hardest part of letting go is getting something out of the house once it’s designated for exit. I can’t decide that I should divide things between 4 charities. I’ll choose one and all the charity stuff will need to go to that one place. And yes: some things will, indeed, be trashed.

Come on in, the Water’s Fine!

Will you join me? Please pop in and comment (you can be a guest, but do enter your email address please). I’ll set something up and we can have 4 months of Toss-it Tuesdays. OK?

(Image: A block print I did many years ago, using erasers as soft print blocks.)