I realized that it’s been awhile since I last posted an update on how I have been doing with our Project 52 Challenge! I promise I have still been keeping up with the projects on my list! How has it been going for you so far? Are you finding yourself stuck, or has breaking it down into smaller weekly tasks been helpful?
I know that for me it has been super helpful to not only have my projects written down, but also to have all of my project ideas broken up into smaller tasks that can be complete over the course of a week (usually). When I tell myself that I want to declutter the house, I get overwhelmed because of the enormity of that task. But by writing all of my big project ideas down and then from that making a list with smaller, more specific goals on it has helped me a lot in actually being able to get stuff done!
In doing so, I have been able to cross a lot of projects of my list, yay! Most of them have involved cleaning, purging and declutter our entire house; and I have been doing so like a mad woman! I still have a ways to go to get things where I would like them to be, but I am making major progress. Once I started clearing things out, I noticed how much nicer it is to live with less “stuff.” And my kids haven’t been bothered at all with the fact that they now have fewer toys, clothes, books, stuffed animals, and games…you name it, we have purged it! Don’t get me wrong, we are by no means living a minimalist lifestyle; there is still plenty of stuff in our house, but we are making progress. There’s actually been enough progress that we are going to have to do a big yard sale this summer just to get everything out of here!
In addition to all of the purging and decluttering I’ve done, I have also been able to cross a couple of other “non-cleaning” projects off my list as well. I finished all of our tax stuff; boring, I know, but it was something that takes me awhile to do, and I am just happy to be done! I also sorted through and filed all of our school papers, activities, lessons, etc into their own folders; one for each of the different themes that we have used or may be using for our homeschool in the future. This took me some time to do, but now when I want to plan a lesson or do a certain activity, I know exactly what file folder to look in because they are all filed away neatly.
Since writing my last post updating my progress in this challenge, I have also completed my son’s party invitations for his third birthday. I am still trying to get over the fact that he will be three years old in a couple of weeks…where did the time go?! He is really into dogs right now, so it was only natural that he wanted to have a dog themed birthday party! The invitations were quick, easy and turned out pretty cute, so both he and I were happy!
Well, that is where I stand right now, 2 months into this challenge! So much of what I have done so far has been decluttering, purging, organizing and cleaning and I am loving the results! I am really starting to think that there may something to the saying, “Less is More.” It has been so much more enjoyable to live in a space that isn’t full of unwanted “stuff”; one where everything has its own space to neatly be put away.
Like I said earlier, I still have a long way to go in my journey of getting rid of the clutter in our home and in my life, but this challenge has definitely been a huge factor in helping me make the progress that I have made so far. And it’s only March, so there are plenty of months left in the year to continue on my cleaning mission! I hope you have found this challenge to be just as helpful to you as it has been to me. What are some of the things you have been crossing off from your Project 52 “to-do” list?