7 days of everything

Oh, alright. I admit it. I’m a slacker. I’ll do day-to-day stuff as far as emptying the garbage and doing the dishes but hate hate hate getting down and dirty for big jobs. I was hoping to marry someone who liked getting down and dirty and also for big jobs.

And I did. Problem is: he doesn’t live with me!

I’m obsessive. My habit has gotten pretty bad. First thing in the morning. Several times a day. Sometimes right before bed. Easy access is no more to blame than myself.

I’m talking about Facebook. Facebook mobile. It is sucking me of my free time that I used to use to… I don’t know, read? Blog? Time away from cleaning? What? Did I just say that?

I’m a hoarder. I don’t have dead cats in my living room. I don’t think. I go through hobby phases like knitting, scrapbooking, and painting.

Then I abandon them faster than I can check my Facebook status.

I used to be a teacher of a bazillion grades. Okay, just kindergarten, first, fourth, and fifth grades. Teachers steal ideas and file (or not) a copy of a colleague’s lesson or activity for later use, just in case. We keep books, lessons, and study aids because you never know what grade you’re going to be teaching next fall.

But it is time for me to come to terms with something very difficult. It could be years before I’m able to go back into the classroom as a teacher. I’m subbing, yes. I quite enjoy it also. However, the state of education and the state of the state are in trouble. Jobs are few and far between. Even if you find a job, you may not have it next year.

I don’t need all of my stuff. I don’t plan on getting rid of all of it but if it isn’t relevant or won’t benefit my kids NOW, I need to be rid of it.

So there you have it my plan for the next week. I need to hurry up and hit the “Publish” button before I wimp out.

1. I will not check my Facebook account for a week. This includes updating my Facebook status but does not include uploading pictures.
2. I will do one big chore every day.
3. I will declutter one bag of toys and/or teaching aids a day.
4. Here’s a bonus one: I WILL NOT GO TO STARBUCKS THIS WEEK.

Stay tuned for my challenge. Maybe I’ll put it on my Facebook status.


5 thoughts on “7 days of everything

  1. Good luck! Decluttering is something that ought to be on my to-do list, but I always have trouble with the fact that dragging everything out to get it organized means the room/house/what-have-you is going to look worse before it gets better. You’ll have to let us know how it goes on your end. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I LOVE de-cluttering…almost to a fault. My husband says I purge too much, only to replace things with other, new things ๐Ÿ™‚ I taught elementary school for a few years right out of college but recently accepted a preschool position in our new PCS location so I held a yard sale & made an event on Facebook (I know, you’re trying to avoid that!) to have all of my teacher friends come buy all my hardly used stuff as opposed to pitching it. Hope you have great success in your plan!

  3. Good luck with your challenge! I’m working on packing and moving right now. I have to keep reminding myself that it is one step at a time, one foot in front of the other and I will get there. I can’t do it all at once, and I can’t put that mental burden on myself… so one step at a time.

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