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Time Freedom: Building a Life You Love

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Time freedom

When every day becomes a struggle to feel motivated, joyful, and grateful, then we know there is a problem. We have a right to be happy, but we have this innate ability to focus on all of our struggles. We come home day after day and complain about our jobs, bosses, and coworkers. Spend time with some moms, and you will hear about every annoying thing their child does and the distance in their marriages. If you have done these through postings on Facebook or conversations with your best friends, it is time to look at how you are living and rebuild. You deserve to experience joy and experience struggles with a sense of gratitude once you get through them.

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March Decluttering Challenge

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We have done two challenges this year: #NoSpendJanuary and Eat at Home February. And this week, I started thinking about March.

These challenges have really helped keep me focused on my goal of becoming debt free! So I turned to Google. And found several interesting ideas. But this is the one that really struck a cord for me.

#MarchDeclutter Challenge

With tax season here, it’s a great time to go through all your paper clutter, and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get organized to file your taxes. As much as I try to keep digital records, there are still paper receipts floating around.

Over the last few years as we downsized and became quite minimalist, I have gotten rid of alot of “extra” stuff including kids art projects and such. I still have alot of it around. Here’s one of my favorite displays with Gymnast art. We were given this antique “plate” display cabinet for free and I love it for displaying art.

But there is always room for change. So for the month of March, I am going to do a general de-clutter…room to room, closet to closet and cabinet to cabinet. Here are the steps I plan to take:

  • Divide the rooms, closets and cabinets across the month of March. So that I have a couple of days to tackle each location.
  • For my paper de-cluttering, I have already become a whiz at digitizing and storing it in my Dropbox account. I scan it using my iPad and then rename and organize it in my Dropbox folders.
  • For the kids’ art and artifacts, if it’s something I am ready to part with, I take a picture of it, again storing it in Dropbox. And then I will either gift it to someone else who might enjoy it or dispose of it.
  • For everything else, we will do regular runs to the local thrift store or create a listing on ebay to see if we can make some money.

I don’t anticipate a big change with this for us. But it will be a psychological lift to declutter just in time for spring cleaning.

What about you, are you up for a March Declutter challenge? Where will you start? What will you focus on?


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