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The End of February and Fresh Starts

Well I never was able to get back into the swing of things for February. Life got in the way. So I have let it go and am trying to catch up on life. Part of why I was excited about this year long plan was how easy it would be to let one month go and start fresh if it wasn’t working out. Well, I still feel guilty!!! I shouldn’t because I did accomplish a lot this month. So I will shake it off and start fresh for March. On a positive note, I have been drinking 64 oz of water a day! I am really excited for April as there is a green smoothy challenge I want to try. But I can’t get the info until April.

March challenges! A cleaning challenge, I will continue to Declutter as the areas suggested to be cleaned warrant it, but my focus will be more on cleaning. 30 day cleaning challenge

Secondly, for fun, I will do a 30 day hair challenge! This one I may or may not hit every day but even if I just get a few in, it will be fun! 30 day hair challenge

And finally another fitness challenge….30 day fitness challenge

February:  
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up

I Just Dont Care

March: 
Marching On

I just don’t care!

The past few…days? Weeks? It feels like forever…I have been struggling keeping up on my challenges. In fact, tonight’s ab set I am skipping because it’s a lot of side plank stuff which, in the past, I have done wrong and hurt myself. The decluttering has been hard because I haven’t had time to get rid of the stuff I am decluttering. So I am not motivated because I have too many bags of stuff in the way. So discouraged. However, tomorrow I will start fresh. I will stop trying to catch up and just start on day 14. I’m not too terribly far behind, but I have done only have hearted decluttering the past few days. So tomorrow I will make trips to get rid of bags and I will also do day 14. Halfway. Need a second wind.

February:
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Catching Up

In sorting through my bookshelves I came across several pieces of writing that I had begun and never finished. Treasures. Treasures that will never be published, may or may not get finished, but treasures nonetheless. Perhaps one of my future 30-day challenges could be to finish one of these treasures and publish it here. Perhaps…

What has happened so far…
4 large bags donated
4 more filled
1 bin of books ready to be donated
Quite a bit of trash dumped
Abs, abs, and more abs!

I actually got begin on the Declutter challenge but I am caught up today. The ab challenge has been going great! Some days it feels a bit too easy, not sure if that is progress or simply not doing the exercises correctly. But I am sticking to it!

Things that have helped…taking the bags to the trash and to donation has really encouraged me a lot when it comes to not giving up. It has also helped me to be motivated to catch up even though I was three days behind. With the ab challenge the advantages are that it has built in rest days. That has motivated me not to get behind so that I can have the rest days at the proper time and see how well the program works.

I have also added a smaller challenge that is not confined to one month. I am getting up 1 minute earlier a day until I am getting up at 6:30 a.m. It will take me a while to get there but it will help me when I start going to the gym in the mornings.

So here we go, 9 days in and so far so good!

Oh one last note! I have also added drinking water to my daily challenge. I am not going all in and trying for 8, 8 oz. cups a day…simply trying to drink 16 oz in the morning when I take my vitamins, and 16 oz at night when I take my vitamins. I am also trying to cut back on other types of beverages and adding more tea to the mix. So far so good!

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Rest Day

The 28-day ab challenge has a rest day every fourth day. I am so glad because yesterday was difficult. I was beginning to doubt my ability to continue but knowing today would be a rest day helped me get through the workout. Turns out the Declutter challenge also gave me a rest day without intending to. The closet I was supposed to clean out today was actually clean. I looked at it, realized it was good, and counted my challenges for the day finished.

So tonight I cleaned my kitchen, made meringues, started making a few more homemade extracts, and cleaned out my mice cage. Productive rest day.

At this point I have a pile that is probably too big for my car ready to be donated. I am trying to figure out if I have time before Saturday to do this. Not sure. But other than that the challenges are going well. I am trying to remember that this is a Declutter challenge not a cleaning challenge. Which is hard. I want to try to clean everything, but if I do that I will run out of steam. So I have been just keeping up with the normal basics and simply decluttering. Maybe next month I will deep clean.

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
The New Adventure Has Begun
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

The New Adventure Has Begun!!!

The day has finally arrived! I have been looking forward to this day for a while now. I started with the ab challenge, it was squats, a straight leg crunch and starfish…it’s ok if you don’t know what those are. I was doing 15 of each move 3 times. I started off with the squats…not bad, I can do this  then the straight leg crunch and I thought, ok this will challenge me by the third rep but still doable. But the first round of the starfish I realized I might not make it through 3 rounds! So I took a 1 minute break after that set and started again  with similar thought processes. I did the starfish in sets of five with a  few second break in between. By the end of the second round I was exhausted!!! But I got through it, and through a third round and I was so happy! I can already feel it in my legs and abs. It makes me excited to see how I feel after the 28 days! But, I am not going to post before and after pictures.

Then I moved on to my second challenge of cleaning out things. I forgot to post previously the link to this one. So here it is: 28-Day Declutter Challenge. I do not have a husband or children so I have adjusted the list to fit me. The first item was toys, so I did my shoes. Here’s the before pic:

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And here is the after pic:

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I was trying to get the shoes down to the absolute necessities but I kept a few that probably weren’t necessary. One day, one day I will have a shoe closet that is more like less fortunate countries. But for today, I am happy with what I have accomplished.

February:
The Final Lap Begins But February Looms
Rest Day
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

The Final Lap Begins, But February Looms

I am super excited about today’s post because I have decided what I am going to do for my February challenge! But first things first…update on January…I did spend some this past week but it was for my boyfriends birthday and I had planned on that. I am a little concerned as my grocery budget is used up for the month but I think I can finish off the last 5 days with no problems. So, that being said, let’s look a February…

I have been discouraged about how my clothes have been fitting but I hesitated doing an exercise challenge because of a foot problem that still needs a few weeks to heal. But I have also really been discouraged by the clutter in my house. So I have decided to take on two challenges in February. The first is a 28-day ab workout. This is something I can easily do without aggravating my foot. Plus it should only take about 5 minutes a day.

My second challenge intrigues me. It is a different space every day to clean out. I had decided already I should try to take a load once a week to either the dump or the thrift store (depending on the load). This particular list includes husbands and kids but I can adjust those. When it talks of spouse closets and such I can use that to work on summer closet or finish off if I got behind.

My goal with both of these is not to stress if I miss a day. But I will simply skip whatever day I missed and continue on with the corresponding day number.

So, five days left to go of my financial fast and, in spite of a few slip ups, over all I have been able to get back a hold of my spending habits as well as get my finances on the road to recovery. I will continue through February to cut back on spending and by March I should be able to start building up my savings again.

January:
12 30s And A New Year
Day One The New Quest Begins
It Shouldnt Be This Hard This Soon
Scrimping and Saving
Compulsive Saving
Sighing and Rejoices and Too Many Similarly Sounding Titles

February:
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

Quick Tip

I had to quickly share this tip on organization. When I was searching for Wednesdays Web Sitings I noticed a lot of organization articles and posts regarding jewelry and this post has a unique out of the box solution to bracelets!

One Minute Jewelry Display

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Goals + Five Minutes = Organized Success!

I recently started reading a book called Housework Blues: A Survival Guide. This book has been fantastic and is a great resource. I want to take a concept from this book and from Cobwebs Cupcakes and Crayons which is the five second rule. The idea is that if you do it now it will take only a brief moment, but if you wait it will take a lot longer.

Now this might sound like housework advice, and it is, but we can apply it nearly anywhere. Today I want to look at organization. If I spend a few minutes organizing 1 square foot of space then I am more likely to finish, and finish quickly, than if I save up and try to organize a whole room.

So todays advice is organization works best and builds the most momentum when you have successes. When you tackle those areas that we talked about in my previous post, which is what areas drive you crazy? Tackle those in small pieces first. If you spend five minutes a day working on an area you will be surprised at how quickly you can accomplish what you need to accomplish.

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Through some various random clicks I stumbled across this website and that link took me to another link, which took me to another link…All on the same website! Thank you Cobwebs Cupcakes and Crayons!

Clutter Buster Boot Camp

Daily Five

Fifteen Minutes of Fury

These are just the links I had time to look at, I do believe there are more posts regarding organization and that have helpful tools for getting some of the clutter cleared away.

The following blog is a newer blog but it looks like it would be well worth the follow!

52 Weeks to an Organized Home

And finally another 31 day challenge!

31 Days of Organization

So happy hunting as you make these web sitings! If you know of any others feel free to leave them in the comments. But keep in mind, don’t just browse the web, get up and do!!!

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Shedding Disorganization

The following are pictures of the after of organizing my shed, I forgot to take before shots they are easily imagined. Just imagine a shed that had its doors stuck open all season so the floor is covered with debris, cobwebs, and the clutter of simply tossing in bags of supplies from the store. Then spill those shopping bags, tools and other miscellaneous items into the backyard and you have your shot!

Here are the after pictures:

The Doors to my Shed

The doors can shut and open and open and shut!

It took a lot of sweeping dirt out of the track but I did finally work it so that both doors open all the way and shut completely.

The inside of the shed

The doors open, here is what you see…

The large pipes in the center were too long to fit neatly into a corner, and once the sprinklers are finished I will move the extra pipe to the garage.

Pots for planting

My various assortment of planting pots

I save every pot that I get because I am constantly reusing them. One day I may figure out how to get these on some shelving but for now they are simply stacked inside each other ready for next seasons use.

Organization drawers

All my sprinkler and small items sorted and organized neatly in these drawers

These were some plastic drawers I had in my craft room holding yarn, but they weren’t very useful for that as a couple of skeins and the drawer was full. So I emptied those (now I have to organize my craft room!) and used them to sort through all of my sprinkler fittings as well as a few other odds and ends.

Seeds in plastic bags

Some of my seeds that I am storing for next year.

I wrote in a previous post about how I save the seeds to squashes, I have also done this with tomatoes and several other plants. All these seeds ended up in one of the top drawers. My next step is to mark them with the best planing time and sort them by month.

gardening gloves

These are my gardening gloves in a bucket with some various gardening tools

I had a few odds and ends that wouldn’t fit into the drawers so I put them in a bucket. They are all gardening tools, a garden spade, gloves, and things of the like.

homemade hooks for hoses

My hoses and drip line tubing hanging from homemade hooks

I am most proud of this portion of the shed, and this is an excellent example of troubleshoot that I mentioned in the previous post. A while back when I changed my swamp cooler pads I had some metal rods that seemed quite unnecessary and I could not, for the life of me, get them back into the cooler doors. So I left them out. When I was organizing I knew I needed something to hang the hoses and did not want to go to the store. I looked all over trying to get inspiration when I spotted these metal rods. They already had a slight lip at the top where I could slide them onto the metal fittings in the shed and they were easy enough to bend using my body weight. So I stepped on them, bent them into shape, hung them, added the hoses and they work great!

I have to say once I finished the shed I was so proud of myself and felt so good to have all that clutter finally in a semblance of working order that it motivated me to accomplish quite a bit more that day. I ended up mowing my lawn, picking up the dog…ahem…refuse, cleaning, canning, cooking, and I can’t even remember what else. Now every time I look in the back yard I have the sense of relief of “phewph! That is done!!!”

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