#reverb10 Day 11 – 11 Things

What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011?  How will you go about eliminating them?  How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? – Sam Davidson

  1. Debt – I plan to eliminate this, slowly but surely.  It starts with us getting our Reserve bonus [hint hint, Army Gods!].  It picks up speed when we get our tax return [crosses fingers].  It keeps pace with the smart decisions I make every month.  It’s going to be a difficult task, but one that we so desperately need to prioritize.  Being debt free will allow us to rest easier, bicker less, and feel more optimistic about our options for the future.
  2. Clutter – If it’s not being used, if i haven’t utilized in over a year, it’s time for it to go.  I’m tired of being weighed down by things that have no value to me anymore.  I’ve gotten better at eliminating clutter, but there’s always room for improvement!  Tackling projects little by little will allow me to make steady progress.  Less clutter will allow me to organize our home better and minimize our stress when it comes time to move again.
  3. Unfinished Books – I start a bunch of books, lose interest, and never finish them.  I need to take them on, one by one, and prioritize my pleasure reading again.  I owe myself that time, not to mention that it’ll help keep my mind sharp and my vocabulary strong.
  4. Unfinished Projects – Scrapbooking, sewing, stocking making, etc.  Projects pile up and I don’t get motivated to finish them.  One by one, I should cut out time in my schedule to work on something creative.  I’ve always enjoyed being creative, and I’d like to regain that sense of pride.
  5. Products I’m Not Using – I vowed earlier this summer to get rid of items I stockpile in my bathroom cabinets, the stuff that sits there half empty.  This kind of falls under the clutter category, which means less to bring along when we move, fewer unused items littering our cabinets, and better value for my money.  
  6. Email Lists – I’m on far too many email lists that flood my inbox and vibrate the hell out of my BB every morning.  I need to start eliminating ones I don’t care about.  Less junk/unwanted emails means more time to focus on replying to ones I really care about.
  7. Unanswered Emails – I’m really bad about replying to emails.  If you’re not getting a hold of me via FB or Twitter, I’m probably not getting back to you in a timely fashion, sad to say.  I spend much of my work day on the computer, I relax by playing around on the computer, but I rarely go into my email client because I scan them so briefly on my BB.  I tend to forget about them.  I need to get back to people, especially ones that are trying to maintain connections with me.  I owe that to them and myself.
  8. My Etsy Store Items – You know it baby!  Let’s get rid of this stuff and make some cash!  I’m going to keep listing and blow things out with occasional sales!  More cash in my pocket means more fun for our family!
  9. Distant Acquaintances and Friends – You all know how it goes.  Nothing personal, we all grow apart.  I need to trim down my FB friends list and eliminate those who I don’t contact and who don’t contact me.  By doing this, I can focus on others who do want to remain in my life and who I want to keep in touch with as well.
  10. My Underutilized Green Thumb – Yes, it’s time to pick up my tools and getting cracking.  I haven’t done any gardening in over five years.  I miss doing it, I really enjoyed gardening.  I have a planter I’ve always wanted to use for herbs, but I put it off because of moves across country.  Now that we’re more settled, its’ time to finally plant roots, figuratively and literally.
  11. Excess body weight – I think this is everyone’s goal.  I’d really like to get in better shape, especially if I’m pursuing the military.  I want to start small and realistic, by eating better and taking walks with FIL.  The perks are obvious – being healthier, improving my self-confidence, looking good for DH.