Day 364: Planning Ahead, and a Home for My Journals at Last

I woke up and remembered that I had to work today and did so until 5.30pm with a short break for lunch where I tidied the kitchen. Then it was time to cook dinner, do the washing, put out the bins etc., and tend to questions and requests from the family as they hadn’t seen me all day. I stopped to do my own thing around 9pm.

With just a couple of days left on my 2020 challenge, I’ve been getting a head start on next year’s challenge which is to work through A Year to Clear by Stephanie Bennett Vogt and at the same time reflect on my own daily posts of 2020. This way I can mop up what I missed.

I sat quietly and read through day 2 in the book (having made notes on day 1 yesterday). I’m going to go at a slower pace next year and use the principles described in the first few pages of the book as follows:

“Observing and allowing events to unfold without doing, changing or fixing the outcome”

A Year to Clear by Stephanie Bennett Vogt

I already feel like I’m observing myself and slowing down.

So, what did I clear today?

As I sat at the desk in the study listening to relaxing music, I thought about the desk drawers and how I would feel if they were empty. With that thought, I opened the top drawer and took everything out. My daughter didn’t mind me putting it all in her room. It was mainly make up in there all tidy in dividing boxes and I’m surprised she hasn’t missed it. It was then that I realised that she’s been in her new room for over two months. I spotted a hairdryer in the second drawer as well and realised that she must have two. One can be decluttered I think!

Just seeing the empty desk drawer made me feel happy. I vacuumed it with my small hand held cleaner and thought that it was big enough to hold quite a few of my journals that are currently tightly packed into my bedside drawers in our bedroom with a load of other bits and bobs (sorting those drawers is another job for another day!)

It always fills me with dread opening any of my three bedside drawers as there really isn’t any room to move in there. Not a single additional thing has been able to get into there for a very long time and I’m sure there are items that have fallen down the back. All I usually get out of there is my current journal which I write in from time to time when I can’t sleep. Seeing as I haven’t had many issues with sleeping this year, I haven’t written in it as much as I’d liked to have done… but then I have been blogging daily.

In each drawer there were old notebooks and journals large and small going right back to 2009 at least. I took them all out (which left a bit of room) and took them to the study.

Finding an empty drawer for journals

These aren’t all of my journals as I found quite a few in the wardrobes that we had knocked out recently.

The trouble with me picking up old journals is that once I get my hands on them, I just have to read snippets from them. I have so much material for blogs in the future it’s unbelievable. I tend to write my worries and thoughts on paper in an attempt to find answers and even if I didn’t find answers back then, I would probably have some words of advice to give to my old self now. It’s easy once you’ve been there and done that.

Anyway, after about half an hour of reminiscing, I placed all of the books in the drawer and went to run a bath. It felt good to finally have a drawer dedicated to these books. It seems silly hiding them away when I could be learning from them and seeing how much I’ve progressed (or not in some cases).

Once I sort out my bedroom and locate the other journals that I found a few months ago, they will all be in one place in the study. I might need to use all three drawers in the desk though as there are a lot!

Time to relax now.

Until tomorrow…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to Day 364: Planning Ahead, and a Home for My Journals at Last

  1. Empty drawers do call to be filled.

  2. Pingback: Starting the New Year With an Appropriately Titled Jigsaw | Sandra Madeira

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