My One Little Word for 2015 is C H A L L E N G E. As I mentioned in this post, one of the things I want to CHALLENGE myself to do is to clean + purge areas of my home. Today I'm sharing my first project.
Over the past several years I've accumulated a lot of magazines. Some of them I have because I subscribe to them, and some have been passed on to me because someone thought that I would enjoy them. Instead, they've been piling up in my house and now I'm going to challenge myself to clean + purge them.
A few years ago when I got new living room furniture I realized that I could stack magazines under the couch without them being visible. Every time I got a new magazine it would go under the couch - out of sight, out of mind. Recently I needed to move the couch and I decided it was time to get all of the magazines out and figure out a new plan. This is the stack of magazines that were under my couch.
I went through the stack and sorted them by title. As I sorted them I looked at the dates and realized that some of them were more than three years old. Old news for sure. I made a "to toss" pile and I was ruthless. If I didn't get excited about reading it, in the pile it went.
When I was done sorting I wasn't surprised to see that the three magazine titles I still wanted to read were This Old House, Martha Stewart Living and HGTV, which are the three magazines that I subscribe to. I've subscribed to these magazines for years and I still enjoy them, I just never set aside time to read them.
So, now that I've decreased the number of magazines I have what can I do to make sure that I actually read them? This is where my One Little Word comes in - C H A L L E N G E. I'm going to CHALLENGE myself to read these magazines by March 31st. That may sound like a long time, but there are 53 magazines in the stack so I think it's a reasonable (but still challenging) goal. We'll see.