Friday, 9 January 2015

New Year, new challenge.

Back to blogging in 2015 with a capital B. If there's one thing bloggers like, it's a good challenge.  When I read about KindSpring's 21 day Simple Living challenge at the end of last year, I was drawn to it and signed up straight away. 'Keep it simple' seems to be a mantra that I say to myself more and more these days - it can be applied to so many areas of life. I'm intrigued to see what the 21 day challenge (which started today, 9 January) will bring.

What I do know is that there'll be a daily email containing the challenge, a video to watch, and an online forum where participants can connect with one another. If you're interested you can check it out here. I'm not in the habit of blogging daily, but I'm sure there will be some food for thought and some inspiration for writing over the three weeks.

Day 1's challenge arrived in my email box this afternoon and for once I was ahead of the game. Good old decluttering was bound to be in there somewhere and there were no surprises today with the task being to Declutter your home and give away at least one thing that you don't need with the reminder that: "The benefits are far-reaching. Well-organized and uncluttered spaces help create more peace and spaciousness in our minds, while chaotic environments full of too much "stuff" can do the opposite." In my bones I know this to be true but in practice we put on a really good show in this house when it comes to chaotic environments.

To try and counter this tendency to chaos, nearly every time I went up to town during December I scouted around for a few things to take to one of the local charity shops, and I have good intentions to continue with this habit. Before reading today's challenge, I had already taken a couple of items sold on eBay to the Post Office, posted some late Christmas presents, and taken a bag of books and three items of clothing to the Oxfam shop. 

Simple Living Challenge Day 1 - CHECK! I doubt that I'll be able to pre-empt ensuing challenges quite so successfully. 

As if that wasn't enough, it's a challenge double whammy. Rachelle of My Zero Waste is running her own January challenge - Dump Your Junk (without resorting to landfill of course) so I think today counts as a #dumpyourwaste - CHECK too!


  1. I just bookmarked the Kind Spring website because it looks quite interesting. I had never heard of it before. Thanks for the link.

  2. I like this Kind Spring! I'm trying get rid of lots of stuff this year, to clear my house and my mind. Hope it works!


  3. Ha ha, Sarah, I just posted a subversive anti-decluttering post. But it still results in less stuff! I do like the idea of kindness as a daily challenge. That is not up there in many New Year's resolutions I suspect. It will be fun to see what you are challenged with as you go on.

  4. How much do you think about other people, why they do things, what they do, how they live? Thanks for sharing!