Even a coach needs coaching. I promised I’d keep everyone up to speed on what I’m learning as part of my Year of Miracles course with Marci Shimoff and Debra Poneman. The course starts next week, but I’m getting ready on a lot of levels.
Want to hear something cool about the year 2017 from a numerology standpoint? We are really at the point of a fresh start. Why? Because 2017 starts a NEW nine year cycle, according to numerology. Here’s how it works.
2016 was the end of the cycle: 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9.
2017 is the beginning of a new cycle: 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 =10. (1 + 0 = 1). 1 = New cycle.
Pretty cool, huh? Do you feel some fresh energy as you start the new year?
If you are not feeling like you are totally there from a “freshness standpoint”, there is something you can do get a little more momentum going in your life. I’ve talked about clutter clearing in the past (here are my Jedi tips and pressing the restart button as part of balance), but I had not followed a specific pattern (in terms of number of items and number of days) in the past. When doing some background reading for the course with Marci and Debra, I came across their challenge:
“Each day for nine days in a row give away, throw away, or somehow eliminate from your home or office 27 items- that’s right 27 items a day for nine days”.
Guess what 9 x 27 equals? 243!!
So I thought, REALLY!!!???
I am such a clutter clearing person already, and I had just done some big clean-outs over the holidays, so how the heck am I going to get rid of 243 items?
I’m going to try. Would you like to join me? It is not as bad as you think, at least based on day 1. Here was my Day 1:
–I attacked my bedroom (on 1/4/17), starting with my nightstand and then hitting my shelves where I keep books and picture albums. Here’s how I got to 27: From my nightstand I eliminated a flashlight that didn’t work (1), a bunch of bookmarks I wasn’t using (I kept 1 with my favorite inspirational message) (2), a headlamp that was a duplicate, but I kept one that could also act as a flashlight if needed (3), a bunch of ear plugs that I never use (4) and for the remaining 23 items… 23 books that I culled out of my nightstand and shelves. Now my nightstand has just one book on it and my shelves look organized. Here is a picture of my shelves next to our daybed that we have for window-side reading. Ah, I feel much better!
I wonder what room I’ll attack next. How about you? See you soon for Day 2. xoxo, Kathryn
Day 2 (1/5/17) was my closet. You would think I’d go right to my clothes and shoes, but I got rid of 27 items of jewelry. There was stuff in there from YEARS ago that I no longer wear and just doesn’t speak to me. I put the items into a big box and gave them to a friend. Then I re-arranged my jewelry into a display that makes my heart sing (and allows me to see the new beautiful and fun items that came in over the holiday season). Yay!
Day 3 (1/6/17). I will admit that I had plans to move into my bathroom, but it was a Friday and the day escaped me (and then I really wanted to go to a fun date night with my hubby). So I asked him as we stood in the kitchen before heading out: “let’s just attack this drawer for a few minutes, and get rid of any pens or markers that don’t work”. We got to 27 (!!) and then we head out to a fun date night.
Day 4 (1/7/17). I still haven’t gotten to my bathroom. I talked about my drawer clean out yesterday in the kitchen, and this little success got me thinking about another set of drawers in the kitchen where I keep a lot of files. It has been stuffed full, and the fullness and messiness of the drawer makes it hard to find anything. So I started taking out all the folders and creating a huge recycling pile for materials that I haven’t looked at for over a year. I found some stuff that I was glad to know about! And I also created such a huge recycling pile that I needed Jeff’s help to get it out the door. Here is what is left in the drawer; now I can find what I need!
Day 5 (1/8/17). I got to my bathroom! OMG the things I threw away. Way more than 27. I had three boxes of items that I considered old, gross, or just things I didn’t use anymore. Jeff helped me lug them downstairs. Think old make-up and hair things with weird flowers. My bathroom is so beautiful now, I took a luxurious bath to revel in how clear the space feels.
Day 6 (1/9/17). I hit my office, and loaded up two boxes of books, papers, folders, and stuff I don’t look at anymore. I will post a picture that I take during the daylight as I did this clutter clear at night. My office is now quite soothing… 🙂
Day 7 (1/10/17). I attacked the kitchen, but realized I was in over my head when I started looking at the many items I’d like to replace. I needed to just focus on a few cabinets, so I cleared out a few which included a bunch of my son’s paperwork from school. I ended up filling up two boxes of “stuff” we no longer needed, which my darling hubby carried out to the garage and recycling. Books, magazines, folders, and all kinds of stuff that was just taking up space. 🙂
Day 8 (1/11/17): I admit this was my totally lame day, when I just sorted through all of the Christmas cards sitting on the piano (there were WAY more than 27) and appreciated them, but let them go. Off to the recycling bin. So I was able to check the box for today, even though I was having a super busy day. Tomorrow, the final day— the kitchen 🙂
Day 9 (1/23/17): I made up for my lameness of yesterday and attacked the kitchen. My daughter Elena helped by cheering me on to get rid of things, and every once and a while hubby Jeff said, “no, let’s keep that!” I got rid of some pans that were icky, a bunch of glassware that was never used, flower vases, and tons of utensils. We filled up a bunch of boxes and bags and will donate what is worthy of living another life.
Overall thoughts on the project? I am AMAZED that so many things went out the door in these past 9 days. I found some things that I had forgotten about, and I made room for some more new things that now have room to come in. This weekend my daughter asked if we could “clutter clear” some more in the kitchen. She really enjoyed the feeling, and we are all feeling just a bit brighter and lighter.