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March Challenge Plan


WhileI’ve now broken down my house by room, by closet and by cabinet space. Scheduled my #declutterchallenge is bite size pieces to assure my success. I put them on my Asana to do list with due dates. So I am all ready to get started.

I also organized a place to put the clutter I will be getting rid of. I have a cardboard box for the things that will be going to the thrift store, a trash can for the UN-donateable and a place to pile those that will be handled in some other way (send to someone else, scan papers or take pictures of things before I get rid of them, etc.)

While I am encouraging the kids to participate in this challenge in their own space; although, I’m not forcing it at this point. But I am really looking forward to a fresh new look and feel to the house as we remove the things we don’t need AND organize those that we do at the same time. This is definitely a labor of love!

How Will This Challenge Help?

But I know the BAD community is asking…what does this have to do with paying down your debt?

First, I there is something about having a clutter free, organized space that alleviates a great deal of stress. I’m pretty sure there is research backing that up. But I know this is a fact for me. And the less stress I have, the more apt I am to make good financial decisions.

Second, being organized really helps me avoid duplicate purchases. If I know where things should be and know if we have them, I will not re-purchase. The latest example of this for us is Chicken Noodle Soup. Somehow we ended up with 2 cases from Sams. And we are all tired of Chicken Noodle Soup – very!

Third, these monthly challenges are really working in keeping me focused. I mentioned in the comments recently that I am loving seeing my back account grow. While I believe know we will continue with eating at home a lot more, I need a new challenge. I did see someone else challenge their audience to start saving for retirement, but I’m not there yet. Paying down debt is my #1 goal, so this decluttering challenge is a step towards that.

Are you ready for the March #declutteringchallenge? What is your plan of action or are you just taking it a day at a time?



A Move to Minimalism


Ever since a reader (or two, or three) made a comment about Texans and their new cars, I have been noticing that new cars ARE everywhere!  I don’t think it is JUST a Texas thing but with the recent decluttering and evaluating what I really need, I’ve been noticing this more and more.  I’ve taken to  reading a bit on doing life with less.  I am sure many of you already know about  http://www.becomingminimalist.com/ and I have not had a lot of time to read too much but what I’ve read so far intrigues me!  After this move is done I want to put together a longer term plan to live life with less.  I no longer want to pass time with shopping and buying more stuff.  I no longer want to consume so much stuff and welcome any information you have on this topic.

I won’t be posting much this week as it is Spring Break and I’m spending lots of time with the kids.  Be well!  🙂