Projects, Projects and More Projects

This weekend I worked on two different projects.

One I spoke about on Monday’s post. My new writer’s retreat is still a work in progress. There will be more posts in the future about my new space.

The second project I worked on is a major organization in my closet. Now, this may not seem like much but it was most definitely necessary for my peace of mind, much as my writing space.

There has to be a better way.

This is all of my clothes.
This is all of my clothes.

I’m open to suggestions. For now, this is what I’ve begun.

I’ve been thinking about a minimalist or capsule wardrobe for a while. If you’ve never heard about this concept, it is where you take everything out of your closet. The only items that go back into the closet are those things you love and work in your life. Each of the items is an intentional choice.

One idea is choosing 33 items for each season though I don’t know if this includes lounge clothes or workout clothes. Other ideas include having a certain amount of each item that mixes and matches with the other things in your wardrobe.

I’ve created a Pinterest board to help me work on this issue. It’s another way to put off digging into my closet, but this is how I tend to work. Research and education first then action.

Some of the sites I’ve looked at include:

theproject333.com
www.un-fancy.com
whowhatwear.com

The first step is often taking stock of what you have. Then you get rid of anything that doesn’t work aiming for a small number of pieces that interchange, most in a color scheme that works for you.

And my shoes!
And my shoes!

One of the reasons I am looking into this is because I hate shopping. I hate trying on clothes, never knowing what looks good on me. I often hate the way things feel. I like comfort and easy to wear clothes. If I must adjust something, there is no way I am going to wear it again. If I were to have a capsule wardrobe I would only have to go shopping a few times a year at each change of the season. This idea of minimal shopping is appealing.

The one caveat is that the clothing chosen for this would be of a higher quality. The reason being is that if you have fewer pieces you can spend a bit more on each one. I do believe you get what you pay for so if you purchase cheap clothing then it won’t last very long. Pay more to get a higher-quality item and it will last much longer thereby saving money in the long run.

Having too much clutter is a problem I don’t want to live with any longer. I managed to get rid of a couple of boxes of clothes, sort out things for fall and winter, and straighten things our so everything is easy to see.

This is a poor after picture.
This is a poor after picture.

In the coming months, we have many plans, including NaNoWriMo. I’d like to make my life as easy as possible so I can focus on my writing when that time comes.

 

Keeping up with the House

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It’s happening again. I’m in the middle of a challenge and everything else goes out the window, including house work.

One of the ways I cope with this is to compartmentalize the work. Do the floors have to be washed and moped? Do I really need to clean the bathroom from top to bottom? Can anyone else help with things?

The answers are no, no and YES!

I’ve decided there isn’t a good reason for everything to fall onto my shoulders during this (or any other) time. There are other people living in my house and can take some responsibility. Of course, they must be made to see reason or I won’t get any help after all.

Another choice I’ve made is that not everything has to be done all at once. Little by little is what works best.

The minimum of what I can get away with is my goal. That means sweeping up the big chunks – it is spring here after all. Wiping down the sink and toilet until I have more time and dishes. I work at the laundry little by little anyway so it doesn’t really pile up. I hate it when Saturdays become laundry days.

When April is over, or any month that is extra busy, I will go back and deep clean. But for now, supper is on your own, mostly. Pick up here and there. I’ll be at my desk, writing. After all, priorities are a must.

How do you handle the rest of your life when things get busy?

Avoiding

writer-605764_1280I love writing. I think about it, I dream about it and I do it.

Except when I don’t. Except when it becomes another chore to be completed. Except when I will do anything to avoid writing at my desk. I mean Facebook has never looked so good.

Creating a blog has been on my radar almost since I began writing seriously. By writing seriously I mean: writing every day at a scheduled or mostly scheduled time, setting goals and actually submitting work.

Building a blog was something I knew nothing about. I’d seen blogs I liked and ones I didn’t but had no idea what I was in for.  So I did what I normally do, research. I began looking into the how to’s and the why’s of building a blog. I signed up for a class which has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I’ve learned a lot and a curse in that I have so much more to learn and to understand about this side of the writing life.

The good news is I have a blog I like. I like the layout and so much of what is there. Yet I am still struggling. Struggling to find my words and to convey them clearly. Struggling to know the right path to take to be a successful blogger. There are so many different way a person can build their business. I have discovered it truly is a business and quite serious at that. For me it has become about pressure. And when pressure builds in my life I tend to avoid. Everything.

Today is a day of honest avoidance. Sometimes just naming it helps. I’ve been avoiding so many things about my writing, not just about my blog and I’ve finally owned that today. I have been making excuses for myself about my inadequacies as a writer. That inner critic has been hard at work and I’ve bought it. It happens to everyone.

In my under pressure avoidance, I’ve also let some normal things slide. Well, not today. While I was avoiding my desk and the butt in chair technique I normally apply, I did manage to get a few things done:

Laundry

Dishes

Changed sheets on my bed

Cleaned my room

Knit a few rows of a blanket for a friend

Online shopping for more books – as if I need any more see this post

Its been a productive day.

The good thing is that while I was avoiding the writing, I was still writing. This also happens to a lot of people. In the middle of the pile of dishes I was working through, I found the words for this post. I finished that work before sitting down to write and magic happened.

I don’t think I am alone in this phenomenon. I’ve heard other writers talk about doing other things when the muse just won’t show up and the words won’t come. I believe we all need this down time because if anyone is like me, the everyday activities never get done if all I do is focus on my writing. Then, I’ve discovered I don’t work as well in the midst of clutter. Its a double edged sword.

So it has been a productive day. My house no longer looks like a tornado ripped through it and I’ve gotten my writing done for the day. I’d say a job well done.

Challenge: What do you do when the words just won’t come and nothing else is working?