Getting It Done Because I Said I Would

Christine over at 100things100days is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking writers I’ve read. She’s got a great post that I swear she might have climbed into my head and taken notes for. Go check it out and come on back (after you read my comment on her post).

Go ahead… I’ll wait… (I’ve got a couple things to do while you’re over there, anyway.)

A big part of the reason I started the repurposedKate blog was to create accountability by sharing my mental list of to-dos with whomever cares to take a look at my fine mess and declaring my ambition to tidy it up with an invitation to come back later and view the results. This IS NOT the anxiety-free technique, not even a little bit.

But… When a girlfriend stopped by for a short visit about a week ago and asked what I’ve been up to, for the first time I can remember in years–nay! for the first time in maybe a decade or more–my answer was not a variation or derivative of “not too much” accompanied with a shoulder shrug and a change of subject. Instead, I rambled on and on about starting a blog and about blog buddies. I told her about the first project in my weekly clutter-busting series here that shows my mess on Wednesday and the same space un-cluttered or repurposed on Monday. I was showing her my most recently made bracelet design and going on about the then-up-coming launch of my Etsy storefront when she apologized for not having time to stay longer to hear more about all that I’ve “been up to” and started toward the door. Her visit was over and I was still talking about all that I am doing or have been getting done.

I was dragging my feet getting to the “open shop” stage of my Etsy set up… Until I hinted at it two or three times. I can hardly believe that I am actually doing something I have dreamed of doing for years, but had cheated myself out of the thrill of doing it by keeping it to myself. I procrastinated getting to the work of organizing the warehouse until I started the weekly challenge. My Sweetheart had to help me finish, but I had the Etsy launch and another couple of projects underway at the time. By the time the Weekly project was ready to photograph for the Monday reveal all of the other projects (except the launch) were complete!

Now, I try to focus on what I am getting done more than on what I need to do. Right now I feel like I may be on the verge of a stroke due to the anxiety of thinking of all of this stuff all at once (and while trying to hurry up and got off the computer and out the door for an important early morning puppy delivery). But I know that it’s going to pass and I’m not going to have a stroke and by the time the sun sets again I’ll have transformed a couple more to-dos into to-dones.

Hopefully I’ll get that new necklace design finished by then, too. (See how I just did that accountability thing again? I just have to sneak up on myself with it!)


New Series… Help Me Name It, Please.

Quick side note: If you read my posts with any regularity, you know that the irregularity of my posts is an issue for me and you know that the issue would be resolved if I posted more frequently (and more significantly). Well, I’m posting today to let you know that I may have a way to reach that resolution and I’m both excited and a little squeamish over the idea behind it. The squeamish part is just about knowing that once I post my big idea I’ll be responsible for its execution. A week ago I wouldn’t have been as confident (although still queasy) about that responsibility as I am today. But a week ago I didn’t have a blog-buddy (or two) to back me up. Now that I’m buddied up, I’m certain that my uneasy feeling will go away once I actually spill the beans on my idea, so what am I waiting for?

I’m so glad Wednesday has finally come around again! Today is the day I’ve decided to launch a project series as part of the repurposedKATE experience. The series will focus on decluttering and repurposing my personal environment twice a week and just so I can’t be the only one having all the fun, I’m going to make it a meme… That means you get to play along! {Raises hand over head and squeals “wheeeeee” Gieco piggy style…} Not only do you get to play along, but you get to help me name it because I’m kinda blocked on coming up with a catchy moniker for this twice-weekly clutter and purpose meme-thing. But I should tell you how it works first, huh?

    Okay, the meme goes like this:

  • Every Wednesday (like today) I’ll post an image of some physical part of my life that has become cluttered or is not being used for its intended purpose and explain what’s not right about the area and how I would like to rediscover a valid purpose for the subject at hand.
  • That’s all I have to do on Wednesday to participate in the meme.
  • Part three comes in on Monday. I know I skipped part two, but I only did that because the next part that involves the blog is part three. For part three, I’ll post another picture of the same physical part of my life I posted on the previous Wednesday (along with the original image I posted on hump day). The Monday image will (fingers crossed) show how I’ve used at least some part of the four days in between to clear out the clutter and restore honorable purpose to that corner of my world. (

That’s about it for my part of the series, but it isn’t a meme without your part. Here’s what you’ll do to play along (and get in on some friendly link-swapping and shameless self-promotion): On Wednesday, post a pic of some little area of your world that needs a little TLC on your blog and post a link to it in the comments of the meme post on this blog. Then take four days to transform your problem area and do the same on Monday (post on your site & link to your post in the comments on my site) so we call all ooooh and ahhhh over your amazing transformation. Piece of cake and you’ll get a confidence boost to boot!

I’ll go ahead and start the part off right now… Well, I’ll start it in about 10 minutes with a fresh post.

Comments are open to everyone to post ideas for the name (or whatever you want to say about this idea). I’m linking this post to 100things100days, Not Messy, Restitch Me, Home Sweet Here and my Blog Buddies Janey’s Room and (from the BlogSpot universe) Minimalism Journey because each of these blogs has contributed to the inspiration of this series (and hoping for some help naming it).