I love writing. You’d never know it based on the small amount of posts I’ve written, both here and on my previous wine blog, but I really love writing. When I was young, I wrote poetry, short stories, scripts, you name it. Then, when I went off to junior college after high school, I was counseled on how to “adult.” Long before Twitter and social media, I still dreamed of writing for a living. And since the birth of the internet and the subsequent (for the most part) death of print media, I knew the medium would be different.
One of my favorite jobs in recent years was writing daily blog posts for a home health care agency. I managed the social media for the company also, but what I really looked forward to every day was unfurling my thoughts on the daily blog post’s concepts onto my computer screen. I was amazed (never offended) when my colleagues would edit the posts and then hand them back to me for publication and distribution.
Sadly, the job didn’t work out as it was one of my many gigs and, when other jobs dried up, the pay wasn’t sustainable.
Fast forward to 2017. Once I learned with certainty that my current full-time job was going to end (retirement), I slowly began to explore how I could earn a living writing.
One source that I refer to frequently, both for blogging tips and budget advice is Rosemarie Groner, and her Busy Budgeter site.
Until I found her website a couple years ago, I never embraced the idea that I actually had control of my budget. I thought budgeting would force me to deprive myself of fun events, be boring, and, worst of all, that I would never succeed. I was wrong! Her bootcamp budget program inspired me so much that I paid down a number of loans last year, including a student loan, a large credit card bill and more.
So, over the last couple years or so, I would read Rosemarie’s emails every time one popped into my inbox. In most cases, I felt that every one of them spoke to me! In fact, I felt it was kizmet, magic, serendipity, whatever, when she started sharing information on how her blog grew. I realized, “hey, I love blogging, and have done it full time before. I can do it again!”
I started my new blog early 2018, and while I have not dedicated as much time to it as I would like, I still have the passion, energy and inspiration to keep it alive.
Question: Have you ever been overwhelmed the minute you walk in the door at the end of the day? It may not be exhaustion from commute traffic, or a “hangover” from a bad day at work, or even the tiring prospect of cooking yet another chicken dinner. It might be all the clutter at home weighing on you, both literally and emotionally. This is how I felt almost every day I came home after work, especially after I started my new blog. I thought, “How can I work on my blog when my house looks like this?!”
It didn’t take me long to realize that the clutter at home would continue to prevent me from experiencing peace and relaxation in my home. Plus, I began to feel the clutter would hinder my blog and any future business I dreamt of.
Again, another email comes from Rosemarie that’s like she’s been reading my mind: “… if you’re in a phase of life where your home and life are impacting how much time you get to spend on the blog, this is probably a pretty important thing to talk to you about. Because the only way that I was ever even able to start and grow my blog was because I had hacked my home and life to run on autopilot as much as possible while I blogged…”
While I didn’t get a chance to join her Hot Mess to Home Success program, my fire was lit.
Since I’ve never been a fashionista, it was easy to purge clothes in both my dresser and my closet. In fact, once I started, I immediately found my weak area: paperwork! And books…. but that’s another post altogether lol.
You know the saying, once you know your specific areas of weakness, you can work on them? Bingo! I’ve already recycled, filed away, and thrown away at least two stacks of paperwork, and the best is yet to come.
I’m looking forward to taking it to another level when the bad weather clears out this spring, and clean out the garage where I have many boxes of my late mother’s Depression glass, books, and more.
There is such a feeling of lightness when you realize there is less clutter. Automated bill pay, and email bill delivery lessens the load, as does throwing away or donating unneeded kitchen item, clothing and more.
The feeling of lightness is one of relief and of hope. Hope in that less things cluttering your life means more meaningful interactions with the family and fewer distractions to burden an already hectic day. It means more time to relax and practice self-care, and time to pursue what you really want to do – plan a vacation, start a new fitness regime, find a new job, or dedicate the time you need to get that blog off the ground.
Let me know in the comments what good things have happened to you in your life (and with your blog if you’re a blogger!) from decluttering your home!