Week Six: Room For The Whole Family (REVEAL!!!)

A week and a half ago, when I posted my challenge for week number five, one of my favorite people in the entire world wide web chimed in with this comment. Another of my favorite people on the whole internet agreed with her. I’m pretty sure that I actually felt each of them cringing on my behalf, one of them half way across town from me, the other all the way across the country. I could almost hear them asking themselves WHY is she doing this to herself? That’s too much in too little time. What is she thinking?! And I can’t blame them for thinking that, but it was too late to change my challenge for the week, so I just did what I could do and that was that.

When the next Thursday rolled around, with the comments from the previous week still fresh on my mind, what did I do? You guessed it! I did exactly what I always do… I posted a big challenge! Admittedly, this week’s challenge wasn’t as big as some that have come before, but it wasn’t exactly a piece of cake, either. There is one thing about this week’s de-clutter zone that stands out from one or two that I’ve posted in the past: I DID IT!

That’s right! Under the strict supervision of Peanut and Oogie-boogie, I completed the 4-Day DeClutter Challenge for week number six! And I didn’t even get any assistance with it.

Wanna see it?  No problem!

Week six reveal photo

Where did that case of sodas come from?

I know just one photo isn’t very impressive, but it’s a little room. I think the single shot just about says it all. I would like to add that what it doesn’t say is that my sweetheart managed to scoot in to restock the little beverage refrigerator that sits just across the doorway from Oogie. I don’t know how I managed to not see that when I snapped the photo. As for the spray bottles… I had almost taken this shot to post as a progress pic, but with the words of my blog-buddies on my mind and new jewelry designs on my workstation, I decided to just finish up by putting away the cleaning supplies and officially declaring this week’s challenge a decluttering success!

Hooray!

Special thanks to my blog-buddies for their realistic support week in and week out. Special thanks to another of my favorite people in cyber-space for reminding me to never back down. Without a support system like mine I wouldn’t be out here posting this silly (and apparently solo) meme week after week. Thank you, buddies!

What about you? Yes, you! What are you decluttering in your world? I would love to show it off for you! Find out how the 4-Day DeClutter Challenge works and stop in on Thursday to share your own challenge!

Week One: Under The Wire (Eeek! At least I hope so!)

I know that this is really sorry way to start a new series, but what happens happens and sometimes it’s poopy. But sometimesyou get the help you need when you need it and just manage to squeak by with just enough to count… I got mine from my sweetheart today, and here’s the result!!!

Week One: results

Week One: results[slideshow]

Thanks to an internet connection (mine) that I’ll vent to you about later, a new shop (mine!) on Etsy that I’ll introduce very soon and the most awesome sweetheart ever (mine, AGAIN!!!) that I’ll brag about even sooner, I’m happy to reveal the results of my first weekly challenge-to-self (and to my sweetheart, apparently) with a whopping 2 minutes to spare (in my time zone, anyway…) I’ve gotta click that publish button now, but next week I’m just decluttering my purse!

Special, special, special thanks to My Sweetheart for everything, I mean everything you do for me. I love you tons (and owe you, big time)!!

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).

Stuck?

Something is amiss in my corner of WordPress.com. I’m having trouble posting as often as I would like to post. It isn’t lack of inspiration that is preventing me from posting; I have a little leather-bound notebook I carry everywhere and write lots of ideas that I want to write about. I am just having trouble with the flow of blogging…

When I have an idea, I lack photos of the project which is the subject of the idea. When I do have the photos I want for the post, I don’t have time to stylized them to have the “feel” I want them to have, upload them, tag, title, caption and describe them for publication and write the post. The final result of my blogging inspiration ends up something like selecting the photos I want to use and getting them ready to post and “running out of time to write” so I go surf through the blogs I follow instead because I enjoy it.

I would really like to post something here daily, but I am falling short of that goal. Then I feel guilty for not posting every day I don’t post. I feel guilty to the point that I don’t even comment on the blogs I follow because I am afraid that someone who might follow repurposedKATE if it appeared to be active may click-through my comment and see that I haven’t posted in EIGHT days! I am not sure how to get over this hump and let my workflow, well… flow.

I get the feeling that I’m not alone in this muck, either. My favorite reads are either openly expressing the same discomfort or I am sensing it when I visit their posts.

No, that’s not true. Not all of my favorite blogs are winding down, Home Sweet Here is a posting powerhouse demonstrating substantial posts with plentiful photos about 5 times every week! How is this possible?!! Another favorite who isn’t slowing down is Janey’s Room. There was a lull over there before the first of the year, but it seems that activity is on the upswing now. Clearly, these two are not to be counted among the others I mentioned before. 

As of yesterday, I’ve got the feeling that the blog which originally inspired me to start repurposedKATE, 100 things 100 days, is getting back on track after a little down-time and Christine’s consecutive confessions about self-sabotage and procrastination. I’m glad to see that she’s continuing to post and I have a new (to me) power washer in the warehouse waiting for me to fire it up for the first time that gives me the idea that I’ll be getting my second wind any time now.

Bloggers I love that seem to be feeling the same malaise that’s hanging over my blog are both contributors whom I admire a great deal and delight in reading have both posted on this very subject, although with slightly different meaning and direction. The inspiration behind this post, in fact, comes directly from ReStitch Me’s near-anniversary post and the Not Messy Confession MrsJ published in the past week and a half or so.

In the earlier post of the two, ReStitch Me asked for approval for some time off to sort out some things so she can come back a to her blog with a greater sense of balance. She had me fooled for sure, because sure looks to me like she’s got it together. MrsJ, was equally frank in her post, confessing that she didn’t feel she had a significant contribution to make when so she posted from her personal life, just for the sake of posting something. I thought both entries were very admirable. I wanted to offer my supportive comments, but here I was… Not posting on my blog.

See what I mean about something being amiss in my corner of WordPress? How do I go about fixing this so I can get back to the purpose of this blog in the first place? I have an idea or two that I’m not quite ready to put out in the open yet, but if the situation doesn’t change soon, I’ll have little choice. In the meantime, I am hoping that someone who has a suggestion

for getting me back to posting and getting my flow flowing will offer it in the comments… I hope everyone who reads this has an idea and leaves a comment.

Have you had this problem? Did you solve it? How?