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National Simplify Your Life Week

So the first week of August is considered National Simply Your Life Week (so technically Aug 1 through Aug 7). I’ve moved the dates a little and am considering the first full week (which would Aug 5 through Aug 11) as National Simplify Your Life Week. Now this can mean different things to different people—someone may want to simplify their emails (unsubscribing from emails that they no longer read but just automatically delete), or cleaning out their closet.

For me, it’s probably both those things and much more. While I don’t consider myself a hoarder—I will get rid of things; I will admit that at times it takes stuff piling up for me to do it. I noticed that I haven’t really found the happy medium between being a total slob and then going OCD in cleaning.

I have gotten rid of basically all my old magazines that I had (even ones that I’d saved with the thought that maybe I’ll get around to reading it); and I try to get rid of old papers at least every two weeks. But I do let things start piling up and then it looks like my room has been hit by a low level tornado.

I’ve been slowly trying to simplify things for one simple reason—when I move I don’t want a large headache again. When I moved to Boston it was pure hell, only because I went with a really, really bad company (that luckily has gone out of business since then). Moving back wasn’t that big of a problem (I left quite a bit behind for the person who was finishing out my lease), but things have been sitting in a storage unit since I’ve been home.

Angle 2 of the storage unit

So while I have the storage unit in some semblance of order–there are boxes that need to be repacked and items that possibly could be gotten rid of.

Even though I’m trying to go slightly minimalist, I do realize that there are a few things that I will need to get when I do move—namely a dresser (since I left mine behind), a table (for eating, work, and doing crafts), and possibly a small couch (and maybe one that also doubles as a pull out bed for guests). I’ve realized that I don’t need a large space to live in—the larger the space, the more cleaning you have to do. All I really need to do is become better organized, and actually keep things that mean something to me, instead of keeping everything.

So what am I going to be doing during this week to simplify my life?

Well, I’m going to slowly get rid of all the boxes that aren’t of size for repacking things (the little boxes mainly). I know that our recycling container is almost filled, so I will see what I can cram in there, and then after it’s empty—I’ll cram some more.

I’ll finally get around to completing at least one (or maybe two) decluttr orders (selling back DVDs), and that will also clear up some room on the floor.

Box up the extra things for the aquarium and place it out in the garage.

Straighten up my closet area (re-hang clothes, and put clothes in the small dresser). Also go through the clothes and see which ones may be too holey to wear and dispose of somehow.

I’m also going to work at getting my primary personal email account down to less than say 3,000 emails. Plus I’m going to check all email accounts and try to have them all under say 4,000 emails. Then the real work will come and actually trying to keep the accounts all under a certain limit.

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Aquarius New Moon Goals

Tomorrow is the second new moon of the year, and is found in the constellation Aquarius. According to my star sign this is in my 6th house, while going with my rising sign it is in my 4th house. The 6th house is your daily work and health zone, while the 4th house is your home and family zone. So sticking with how I did my new moon goals last month, I’ll be going with the 4th house in terms of making goals again for this upcoming new moon.

So with going with home and family zone, I’m going to try to focus on straightening up and de-cluttering various areas of my home and family zone. So some of the goals are going to include:

Submit the decluttr order (sell back quite a few DVDs) and start making a third decluttr order.

Set up an cleaning schedule for my bathroom (I have a terrible habit of letting the bathroom get really dirty before I go OCD in cleaning it) and try to stick with it.

Reorganize my closet and the overflowing pile of clothes.

Take some sick leave (hopefully) and spend at least one day working in the storage unit repacking and reorganizing things.

Continue trying to figure out the next job position.

According to Moonology by Yasmin Boland, there are several things one should do during each new moon (depending on the house). So with the fourth house (home and family zone), the things one should try to do include:

Having a “Garage sale”

Hugging your parents

Sorting out your photo albums/digital photo files

“Inviting Friends over”

Renovate or redecorate so you’re more comfortable at home

“Sell your home and/or change location, or even country”

“Ask your grandparents about your family’s history”

Things in “” are either things I can’t do (talk to my grandparents for one—they’re all dead), or things that aren’t possible at this moment (moving–well I’m going to be moving, it just isn’t going to be during this particular new moon cycle or having a garage sale [truthfully this is a giant pain in the rear to do anyway, so no–I do not foresee this for quite a while]).

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