Plans for 2012

I’m having a hard time believing that the new year is here!

On this third New Year’s Day since I started A Slob Comes Clean, I’ve decided not to make any big proclamations.  I’m just going to keep chugging along, trying to maintain the order I’ve achieved so far in my deslobification process, and working to gain more traction through decluttering.

Because the decluttering . . . never . . . ends . . .

But I have made a few plans.  Plans are good.  Resolutions are made to be broken, and even goals are just ambiguous enough for me to not feel all-that-guilty when I accidentally-on-purpose forget about them.

I know it’s really just a matter of different words meaning the same thing, but here’s how I see it.  Saying I’m going to get in shape this year doesn’t really mean anything.  Putting on my sports bra first thing in the morning so I can stop by the gym after I drop off the kids at school?  That means something.

Anyway, I’m going to share a few plans I have in different areas of my life.

My Home:

Even though I have been consistently decluttering for more than two years now, I still have a lot more to do.  And I still get the post-holiday itch to GET IT ALL OUT OF MY HOUSE!  While I would love to focus completely on decluttering for two whole weeks at the expense of everything else in my life, I know that I’m going to be right back on my way-too-busy schedule starting tomorrow.  So, to keep from getting discouraged, I’m just going to keep going.  Keep finding moments here, and hours there, to declutter and organize and such.

I’m hearing many bloggers talk about having a “word” for 2012.  I like this idea.  Last year, I thought about the word “minimalist“.  That’s a nice word, but I just don’t think it’s dramatic enough for me.  It sounds like someone who smiles demurely and responds calmly.

Not me.

Soooo, my word is “Extreme”.  Fits me much better, don’t you think?  Even though I’m trying to be realistic and pace my decluttering, I still want it to be extreme.  Here’s the thing.  Last year, the projects I did that had lasting impact were the extreme ones. The ones where I ruthlessly purged EVERYthing that wasn’t absolutely necessary.  Those spaces stayed fairly organized, even when life got crazy and I accidentally-on-purpose ignored them for (sometimes long) periods of time.

The two spaces I “plan” to declutter to the extreme?  My master bedroom and our office/gameroom/guest room.

My health:

I bought brown rice yesterday.

I’m going to try brown rice in our Chicken Fried Rice that we love so much.  It’s a small step that will hopefully lead to more steps.  I’m tired of failing at big plans to get healthier, so I’m just focusing on small things.

And the sports bra.  I’ll do that tomorrow, too.

My schedule:

I am over-committed this year.  Honestly, I’m  horrified to think how over-committed I could be if I had said yes to all of the things I was asked to do.  While I do have to make it through to May before I can really change anything schedule-wise, I need to guard my time and use it wisely.

The blog:

And . . . here’s the stuff I’m really excited about!

Mostly, I’m going to keep blogging as I have been, reporting every day on my own successes, struggles and strategies. But I do have some fun things planned.

Starting (hopefully) this week, I’m going to do a series about How to Get Rid of Stuff. If there’s anything I feel like an expert about, it’s that.  Mostly because I have faaarrrrr more experience than most, due to all the stuff I have. For a slob, not knowing the best way to get rid of things can be paralyzing.  I’ll share how to decide if it’s worth your time to sell something on ebay, and many other ways to get stuff out of your house so you can start living in it.

Tomorrow (hopefully), I’ll post another Sneeze Page, this time with links to all of my checklists. But . . . I am also working furiously to put all of those checklists into e-book form.  They’ll all still be available to print through Google Docs like they’ve always been (and they’ll be easier to find because of the sneeze page), but if someone really wanted them all together in an easy download . . . that will be available for purchase.

Part of my reason for wanting a little experience with e-books is . . . . I’m writing one.  Like, a real one.  All new content, if not new concepts.  My goal is to release it at the end of January.  I’ve been asked many times to write a deslobification manual, and I’ve resisted. But about a month ago, an idea of how to do it in a way that fits my style and my mission hit me.  I’m really excited about it, if  a little overwhelmed at my self-imposed deadline.


I’d love to hear what you’re planning for 2012!  Please also let me know in the comments if there is something you’d like to see here at A Slob Comes Clean.






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    If you’d like a proofreader for your ebooks, I’m your girl! My references are Katie at Kitchen Stewardship and Laura at Heavenly Homemakers, and you could also check a character reference with Amy at Finer Things, if you want. :>) Email me if you’re interested…

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    I would also offer myself as a proofreader for you.

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    Mary E.S. says:

    I’ve been reading about your journey to a neat,clean home for several months and it has inspired me to make a new years resolution to also declutter my home.Due to past illness my home now looks sort of like a hoarder lives here. It didn’t happen overnight and I know cleaning it out will take quite a while. I’ve already seen a difference by setting one goal a week and with 52 weekly goals,I hope this time next year to have a reasonably neat and clean home. Thank you for the inspiration and Happy New Year.

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    Alana in Canada says:

    Love your word! I’m so glad those areas you decluttered to the “extreme” worked for you–that’s how it is supposed to go! I’m going to get “extreme” about my basement–one reason I can keep the main floor looking 1/2 way decent is because the basement is the catch-all–and it is the same size as the main floor! Looking forward to the e-book too. Look into guest=posting to help publicize it. People need to have your book.

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    Danielle B says:

    I did some major de-cluttering the last week. I do think I bit off more than I can chew. A little overwhelming! So far I have 8 bags (and counting) of clothing going to the Salvation Army. (no patience of ebay, consignment shops, and I was going to have a friend yard sell them for me-but I’d rather not keep all these bags till Spring) Oh and one VERY full bag of shoes, and a few boxes of dishes and misc items (purses mostly)

    And I won’t even mention how many bags of trash. (well stuff that I’m throwing away… not a hoarder that has rotting food and stuff lol)

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    Goal #1 for 2012 – get married (okay, that doesn’t really count, but it’s exciting!)
    Goal #2 for 2012 – wrangle back yard into something that resembles a garden, rather than a desert. A very grey, desolate desert.

    Other than that we’ll be continuing to declutter, tidy and refine inside the house, but we’re focusing most of our efforts outside this year, since it will be such a massive undertaking.

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    allaboutmykids says:

    I love your blog! I need to begin the process of deslobification. It sounds painful though! lol
    I’m a teacher so I have accumulated lots of stuff over the past 22 years (and not just one or two of various items…..oh no, at least 44 to cover both classes)! However, I’m trying to simplify and declutter. I actually did my socks over the Christmas break. It took a Hallmark movie to complete, but I now have only one drawer of matched socks. I threw away everything that didn’t have a match. Normally, I would have saved some for future projects but not this time! It was such an awesome feeling!
    Keep up the good work! You inspire me! Thanks!

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