Procrastinating on some annoying clean project? If so, now is the time to get it done and potentially win a prize. Everybody’s a winner!
This posting is lucky #104, signifying two years of weekly posts! To commemorate the event The Deletist is running a Spring Cleaning Challenge.
1. The project has to be something that you’ve put off for at least 6 months. Ideally something that either:
- bugs you and causes stress;
- you’ve stopped noticing because it’s become part of the landscape; or
- something hidden away (e.g. closet, cupboard, folder on hard drive) where it’s easy to ignore, but that still creeps into your thoughts.
2. The project must be processed completely, no fair shoving everything in a bag or a box to relocate it. Or scanning papers to be stored electronically, which only transfers the mess from one format to another. Remember the message of The Deletist is to be strategic.
3. The project can be for physical and/or electronic items.
***Bonus points if this project clears the way for you to do one or more actions. For example, if you couldn’t move, or buy, a piece of furniture because you had to clean something to create space.
Tips: Start small, start easy. Be strategic!
Prize: $50 gift card to a vendor of your choice
Submission Rules: Jot down your answers to the questions below, and send them along with a before and an after picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Monday June 22.
Winner selected: July 1
- What was your Spring Clean Challenge? [brief description]
- How long had you been procrastinating on cleaning up this area?
- Why were you procrastinating?
- On a scale of 1 – 10, how annoyed/stressed/guilty, etc. did you feel before?
- On a scale of 1 – 10, how relieved did you feel after?
***Bonus question: were you able accomplish another action based on the results of the Spring Cleaning? If yes, please elaborate.
I will also be challenging myself with an annoying clean project. Approximately 6 months ago my bookcase broke while I was moving it, completely filled, by slowly dragging it across the rug. This was not a good plan. The whole thing fell apart and I had to empty it rapidly to avoid disaster and injury. Some of the books were relocated to available cupboard space, but the rest ended up unceremoniously stacked in the home office closet, out of sight. The Deletist is, after all, a mere mortal in real life.