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Friday, April 8, 2011

Great bloggy friends help you move!

I'm packing, cleaning, and going crazy.

I knew I would need some help in the next few weeks from some of my bloggy friends or else the Shoebox would fall asleep. I can't have that happening, so my first movnig buddy/guest post is from Katina @ Peaceful Diva.

Peaceful Divas

If you're not familiar with Katina, then you're in for a treat. Today she's left us with some great ideas on how to declutter this place. Just what I need! She has a special way of bringing everything back to God's Word, and I love that! Check out her post, and then go visit her place and leave her some comment love!
I was so honored when Adrienne asked me to guest post for her! I asked her what she wanted me to post about and she said organinzing or ....anything! Ok, so organinzing makes some people really happy. I am NOT one of those people. I like the benefits of organization, just not the work. (Just sayin')! Anywho, since she is probably packing and organizing as I am typing, here ya go:

My quest to simplifying my life has led to a most dreaded, continual and mundane task…DECLUTTERING! I just gotta be honest; I would rather write a thesis or complete algebra math homework before dealing with my clutter. One area of my home that is continually cluttered is my kitchen counter. Every Wednesday both of my girls’ teachers send home the “Wednesday Packet”. This packet has everything in it: parenting magazines, announcements, solicitations for camps etc and graded homework and class work. Every week I pull all the info out and sort-of go through it. I trash the direct solicitations that I don’t want but everything else ends up in a pile right along with the mail of course.

In addition to all of that, my in-laws unexpectedly came over last weekend so I did a quick “dash and stash” before they came over. Which meant all of the kitchen counter papers went all over my desk. I just shut the door and walked away really slowly!

I have had great intentions of “decluttering diva style” all week. Work has been crazy, it was my daughter’s birthday on Wednesday and I just haven’t gotten around to it. Honestly, every time I even think about all that has to be done my body goes into funk mode—I don’t wanna mode!

Well, due to the birthday, we will have family over AGAIN this weekend. I don’t think another “dash and stash” is a good idea. So, as Tommy from the cartoon show the Rugrats would say: “A baby gotta do what a baby gotta do”!

I gotta get ‘er done!

This afternoon, I didn’t have a lot of time or energy but I remembered the lessons from flylady at as well as the tips from my own personal organizer, Sylvia McClintock at Both of these fabulous ladies talk about the power of fifteen minutes.

The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes! For me, the key is using a timer! You can use an egg timer, your cell phone alarm, the timer on your oven or anything that will buzz or ring at you when the time is up!

Today, I set the timer for 15 minutes and gritted my teeth and stayed on task until the timer went off without getting distracted. Just like Dory from Finding Nemo, I kept saying to myself “Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming swimming) (LOL) Ok so I obviously don’t watch ANY adult TV, but you get the point: I STAYED FOCUSED!

It really was not has hard because I knew the timer was going to go off and then I would be done! The timer went off, and I happy danced! No, the room is not finished—but it is on its way!

I have scheduled 3 more 15 minute sessions: one tonight after Zumba and then 2 more tomorrow. In total, that is 1 whole hour that I TOTALLY would have NEVER spent decluttering at one time! Besides, you can really get a lot done in 15 minutes without hating it so much!

I have started using the time cube or setting my phone when surfing the net and getting ready in the morning. Without a timer, I can sit down at the computer “for just a few minutes” and look down to see that it has been an hour or more!

Yes Divas there is a lot of power in 15 minutes! I am beginning to learn that it is the little things that we do daily that make the difference: good or bad.

Ephesians 5:15-16
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.


I needed this pep talk, Katina! Thank you!

How about you? Do you need some focus today? Does this mean I only have to spend 15 minutes packing?

Be sure to go by and check out Katina's home in the blogosphere!



At April 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I was in total de-clutter mode a few days ago. My kitchen is the catch all of every piece of junk. I think I am about half way done with the kitchen. I will probably work more on that room again this weekend.

At April 8, 2011 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Great tip... my problem is that once I get started, I don't want to stop and then I get overwhelmed again!

At April 8, 2011 at 11:37 PM , Blogger My Beautiful Life said...

I love flylady too, Katina. 15 minutes is great. I especially loved how you would rather do algebra or write a thesis. I completely understand.

Thanks for hosting her, Adrienne.

At April 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Anonymous Rach said...

Ooh what a good idea! It's true, you really can do anything for fifteen minutes! This might be a good way to motivate me to exercise when I don't feel like it. ;)

At April 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM , Anonymous Rach said...

Oops, sorry, that last comment was from me. It posted before I got my link up. :)

At May 31, 2011 at 8:59 PM , OpenID said...

What a great idea. I'm totally going to start setting a timer to clean. I use the rule of 10 normally--pick up 10 things and then I can stop. But if I set a timer, I'll get so much more done.

Thanks for the idea!


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