Christmas is over, and the new year is only a few hours away (at least here in Norway).
B and I spend Christmas in UK this year. Hanging out with my brother, his wife, his wife’s uncle and my mum 🙂 This year we tried the best we could to keep our “gifts” to usable/edible items, things like chocolate, marzipan, candy’s and kakemenn (for my brother.. he loves them), stuff that you can pretty much only get in Norway (as most of them are made here). I think we left them happily munching on stuff when we left to go home 😉
We have been back a couple of days, and as we are nearing the new year, I decided I needed one more run towards a declutter goal I had this year, that I haven’t told you about before!
When I finally finished this year’s 21 day challenge in August, I was thinking;
“Hey I’m almost at a 1000 items, I should be able to shed a few more during this year. I have another 4 months to go… ”
And I thought out this elaborate plan that maybe I should shoot for decluttering as many items during 2017 as I have written about on this blog since I started my declutter journey in 2014.
So how many items would that be then missus Anne?
Well, lets see now – that would be 634 items in 2014, 561 items in 2015 and 437 items in 2016… (mumbling and calculating under my breath… ) – that’s 1632 items!
I should be able to do that!! I still have 4 months to go.. no problem!!! (remember.. this is what I was thinking in August.)
Well here we are, at the last day of December and my total for the year is at 1508 – that’s 124 items away from my imaginary 1632!
I’ve been thinking about this, and it probably didn’t matter if I did it or not… but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.. I really want to get to the 1632!
I have a lot of digital decluttering that needs doing, something that will be my main focus in 2018. I decided to cheat and start early, and what better place to start than my iPad mini, which I use every day.
So that’s what I did!
I knew I had way, and I mean way to many apps hanging around on my iPad, and that I could really do with a cleanup. I checked (Settings/General/About) and found that I had 468 third party apps residing on my iPad. I know.. crazy, right! Who need that many apps? Well I certainly don’t… even so.. I found it harder than I thought to whittle down the apps. For the purpose of a count of items, I’ve decided 5 apps = 1 item
From 468, to 318 = 150 apps less
= 30 items
Getting some of the apps out of the way, I decided to move on to my iPad emails! One of my challenges with e-mails is that, with my e-mail provider, they sync to the iPad, iPhone, PC and remains on the server. Problem is, when I delete something, I need to do it on all 4 places 😦 (haven’t figured a way around this yet). So safe to say, it’s a pain keeping up on it all, and it shows…
To find out how many e-mails I had on my iPad, I marked all emails with a flag, so the total would show in the Flagged section of my email program (now.. this is probably not a good idea, if you already have a lot of flagged emails for later reference – I had some, but I checked them first to see if any was important to remember anymore, and they weren’t). For the items count, I’ve decided that 10 emails = 1 item
From 2007, to 1296 = 711 emails gone
= 71 items
Just to throw in some actual physical stuff – I figured that shredding a pile of papers that was waiting to go, probably wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I have a portable shredder that I use with a specific trash bin. I can typically shred around 200-250 pieces of paper before the bin is full. Food store receipts? Well then we are talking probably 700-800. Since I’m counting items, I have decided that one full bin equals 10 items out-the-door. This time around, it was a mix of regular paper and store receipts, which equals a lot of single pieces of paper.
I shredded 3 bins full
= 30 items
That’s a total of 131 items for today!
And my new grand total for 2017 = 1639!
I guess I passed my silent goal of 1632, yayyy 😉
That’s it for 2017 – no more decluttering!
Until next year 😉
Unge Spor (Young Tracks) – is a voluntary organization who works with kids, youth and young adults, to spread the joy of performing arts.
As part of their organization, they have a group of regular members (age 14-25) who are the backbone of the organization. This group of “kids” gets to participate from A to Z on Unge Spor’s projects. This includes organizational work, music, dance, drama, scenography and more. The “kids” gain indispensable knowledge, and at the end of the projects they put on exceptional shows and performances.
You might say that “Unge Spor” (Young tracks), has established themselves as an important cultural force in my region.
Since they are a voluntary organization, they don’t get much support from the state/region. Which means, they rely on sponsorship’s, donations, and other gifts.
A few weeks back, they posted a request for an old used iPad, in one of the buy/sell Facebook groups I follow.
As both B and I had a couple of older iPads, that we no longer used, we decided we could help them out.
I called the groups leader, and, oh boy was he happy.
He popped by a little while later, and not only did he leave with 2 iPads, but he “ran” out of here with a couple of extra bags.
Turns out they could do with some extra props for their theater shows, and I just happened to have a couple of suitable items they could use as props + I had one more item!
A little backstory:
I used to be an avid “Nescafe cafe au Chocolat” drinker. They sell them in boxes with 8 pouches of instant mix – just add water.
Well, since these are ridiculously expensive, I would always get a bunch (and I mean a bunch) when they had exceptional good deals (like 50% off or more). So last summer, such a deal just happened to be in my neighborhood store, and I shopped, and shopped 😉
Fast forward a few weeks after my mad shopping spree, I changed my diet (health reasons) and stopping with gluten and milk protein products all together. And guess what! Yep, there’s a lot of milk in my beloved “au chocolat” 😦
The boxes of coffee have been sitting around ever since. I’ve been holding on to them in hope of finding someone who would drink the stuff (as opposed to me throwing it away),
And you know what, a group working with a bunch, as in a big bunch of kids… yeah!
“Absolutely, we can take these of you hands”
So off he went, with iPads, props and a bunch of coffee 😉
37 boxes of Cafe au Chocolate
2 pillow cases
2 bamboo plates
1 decorative plate
1 iPad mini (yes only mine.. can’t count B’s iPad stuff)
1 iPad mini charger
1 iPad mini back cover
1 iPad mini front cover
1 regular sized iPad protective cover
50 items out-the-door!
7 day tally = 418
And my grand total for 2017 = 1449
Lately I’ve gotten into a bad habit of turning the TV on early, and even though I don’t always look at it, it steels my attention and the result is that I’ve been spending way (and I mean waaaay) too much time in front of the tube. Yesterday I realized I need to give myself a detox. A TV detox.
Now, since there are a couple of programs that gives me immensely joy to watch, I’m giving myself a daily limit.
And my daily TV limit is – 1 hour.
I know for some this sounds like a lot, but from where I’ve been going lately, this is a severe restriction.
The same goes for my smartphone/iPad time. I tend to get a little engrossed when surfing the web, and before you know it, it’s been hours. So just for measures, I’m going to throw in some restrictions on this as well.
So here it is – no more than 1 hour combined Smartphone/iPad/PC use daily.
There might be one and only one exception to this rule! Sometimes preparing a post takes me longer than an hour. So should I run into that issue during my enforced detox, I have hereby granted myself permission to finish my post 🙂
Now, how long will this detox last? Hmmmmm, let’s see… Why don’t I start with two weeks and see how that goes.
So what if I fail? Then what?
Then! I get no TV whatsoever for a while….
When do I start? Well actually, I started today 😉
Why do I do it? Because I need to be more mindful on what I spend my time on…
And to steal a detail from my friend over at What I shed Today – Shedding style: reduce 😉