I wasn't planning to offer up a challenge this month, but Domestic Accident claims she can't get anything done if I don't challenge her. She may regret this, as I expect her to sign up for this challenge. Whine all you want, but don't blame me. Blame her.
Now, I know a lot of folks are signing up for Crunchy Chicken's latest challenge to Buy Nothing for the whole month. No, it's not an April Fool's joke. She really expects people to refrain from shopping. She will let you get a little food and any medicine you need, but that's about it. Nuts, huh? I didn't sign up* for her challenge because we've been pretty darn good about this lately so it'd feel too easy. I want a challenge that challenges me to make changes. You know, like the last one that I was so successful with. Ha! Now that was an April Fool's joke...
It's time to cut the crap. No, I don't mean that we should stop eating fiber. I mean it's time to cut the crap out of your life. Yes, readers, this means decluttering! I hear the groans already. "Not more talk about decluttering! That's so overdone." In a way you're right. There are tons of books, websites, blogs, and even TV shows on the subject. Yet people still read them. Why?
Because letting go of the clutter is hard. Even identifying what is clutter and what is not can be difficult. It's certainly a very personal decision as indicated by the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." In the quest to lighten up, though, I think people want to read about how others have made their decisions. It can motivate them to finally let go of something they know they don't need anymore, it can give them ideas on how to save the memory without saving all the crap, and it can reassure them that their life won't end because they got rid of that hideous gift their mother-in-law gave them 15 years ago.
This challenge begins immediately but I don't know when it will end. I'll be posting on the subject regularly for a while, and working on decluttering my own crap in the meantime. If you want to jump in, leave a comment and grab the plain (uncluttered) little doodad for your blog.
- Copy this code:
<a href=http://chilechews.blogspot.com/search/label/CutTheCrap><img src="http://bp2.blogger.com/_2H3G4C5T6s0/R_JHbQjx8xI/AAAAAAAAAq0/6APFM0nsmtg/s200/Cut+the+crap.jpg" /></a>
- In Blogger, go to your layout options, and click on Add a Page Element.
- Select Text.
- Type whatever you want for the title or leave it blank.
- Click Edit Html
- Paste the code you copied in the body.
- Then click Rich Text to confirm the image shows up.
When you view your blog, the sidebar image should now appear and have a hyperlink back to this blog.
Let's get that crap outta here!
*Update: I let myself get sucked into the enthusiasm of Crunchy Chicken's latest challenge. After all, 100+ other people can't be wrong. Plus, on the very first day of the month, I found myself rationalizing spending money as I sorted through restaurant coupons. It's ok if it's cheap, right? Wrong again.