12 Days of Productivity

I’ve been belly-aching–mostly to myself–about how unorganized our house has become over the past couple of years. A few years ago, I went through everything–EVERYTHING–and cleaned up, cleaned out, and generally streamlined wherever I could. I haven’t taken the time to do that since then, and I have slowly felt myself smothering under our clutter. It was for this reason that I decided to seize the opportunity I got this year, with an early occurrence of Hanukkah and now a couple of weeks during which, publicly, everything is quieter because most people are rushing around worrying about Christmas. I am starting my own home project, the 12 Days of Productivity.

I literally put a task on my calendar every day from today through Christmas Day (which is just another day around here), so I have a game plan. It’s a very, very ambitious project, to say the least, and even though I don’t know if I will finish everything, I know that I will make a huge dent in the projects I’ve been staring at with total annoyance for as long as I can remember.

I put my plan up on my Facebook status yesterday, and, though I got some kind words of support, I discovered who really, really, REALLY knows me.

Your Honor, Exhibit A:

Haha, very funny, girls.

Alas, they only reacted that way because they are two of my oldest friends. I’ll show them! (I hope.)

I won’t be blogging about this daily; rather, I think I’ll summarize when I’m finished. I did want to show you the behemoth I’m tackling today. (I’m currently on lunch break!)

Wish me luck!


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  • InnerFatGirl (Taryn)

    Oh man, I did this a couple of years ago too. I think the Salvation Army near me was entirely stocked with my stuff for a couple of weeks. It feels so good when you're done, but what a pain in the butt!

  • Michelle

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuude the office is my first project, too. I even started it a little this past week. So how's it going? 🙂

  • Lisa

    Wait thats the before? PSH That's NOTHING? OUR OFFICE HAS TURNED into a dump and everytime i take a day to tackle it my husband who is home full time" cleans" and piles everything in there again. Sorry for venting. I already saw the after and you did great. Just wanted you to know its not that bad. So you'll be fine! Can't wait to how far you get

  • NYCPatty

    I am SO JEALOUS of the time you have! Christmas is cramping my style 🙂 But I think I will take pictures of my mess and then show how I fix it up afterwards.

    Though I may need 12 MONTHS, not days. Sigh!

  • Otter Thomas

    Good luck! That is never a fun task.

    Educate me for a minute. When does Hanukkah start. If you got an early one this year then it must be a second monday type thing. Or maybe a moon phase thing. Your uncultured friend needs to know.