1-A-Week: Week 52 – One year complete!

Dec 29, 2011 by

I have now completed 52 weeks of my 1 A Week project where each week I got rid of something I did not need need, want, or use anymore.

This project has been a huge success for me.  My house has less clutter, my life has more space for important things, and my wallet is over $700 richer.

I made exactly $701 over the year of getting rid of stuff each week.  Most of that money was selling my old electronics and miscellaneous stuff on eBay or Craigslist.  34 of those weeks I gave the items away to Goodwill and such.  The remaining 18 weeks, I sold the items on eBay or Craigslist.

For this last week I tore apart my garage looking for the hardware that goes with the truck shell I got rid of last week.  Alas I did not find them, but I did find a lot of misc construction material I am going to donate to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore stores.  If you’ve never been to a Restore store, check them out.  They sell donated and leftover building materials and have some great deals if you are doing some DIY projects.

I am really happy I started this project and I think I will continue this on for next year.  I hope you will join me.  Start the new year off right and make a commitment to de-clutter your life this year.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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A tomato creme vegetable soup and an appetizer

Dec 24, 2011 by

I haven’t posted a recipe in a little while, so here are 2 for you.  I’ve actually been cooking a lot, just not found the time to post them.

Since the weather is a little colder, its time for a nice soup and I found an awesome recipe for some bacon wrapped potato appetizer things.  And anything wrapped in bacon is awesome, so I had to try them.

We just recently had our Christmas party with friends since my wife has to work in the ER on Christmas.   We cooked and baked for a whole day and made tons of great food.

Lets start off with the appetizer.

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Yes, they look that amazing and EVERYONE said they tasted even better.  Plus they are ridiculously easy to make, so that’s nice too.

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1-A-Week: Week 50-51: Out with the old

Dec 23, 2011 by

I didn’t post last week so I have two things to get rid of this week.

As I wrap up this 52 week experiment I’m finally getting rid of something I’ve been meaning to get rid of all year.  I haven’t gotten rid of it yet because I need some help moving it, as its a little big and bulky.  But finally the old truck shell from my old Ford Ranger will be gone.  My friend is going to help me drag it from the side yard and get it out front so I can give it away on Craigslist.  I haven’t had that truck for quite some time, but yet the shell has sat on the side of my yard waiting to go.  So finally it goes.

Also we got some new luggage for ourselves for Christmas this year so I’m going to get rid of some of our older falling apart luggage as well.

Only one week left for this years 1-A-Week experiment.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore. Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

What are you getting rid of this week? Leave a comment and let me know.

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TSA #5 – Celebrate Christmas

Dec 22, 2011 by

Or Chunakah… or whatever.  Just celebrate something.

Here’s my whole thoughts on Christmas.

I like Christmas.  I like that we as a people take some time out of the year to celebrate something.  I like that we take time out of our schedule to get together with friends and family with good food and drink.  I like that we buy each other presents.   I’m not a big fan of the over-commercialization of Christmas, but just the idea that “hey, you surprise me with something nice that I’ll like, and I’ll do the same for you” is a great idea.  Now if we can just focus it a little bit more on some nice gifts that are handmade or homemade that would be nice.  But we can work on that…

I like that we have special music that we break out once a year and listen to as we decorate our trees and houses with lights and such.  And eggnog!  Who doesn’t love eggnog?

The idea is to celebrate.  And I don’t really care what you celebrate.  Baby Jesus, 8 days of oil, the flying spaghetti monster, whatever it may be, just put some cheerful music on, make some good food, and celebrate it with family and friends.  Let yourself celebrate the year that has been and to the hope of a new year and new opportunities for awesome new experiences.

Not everyone takes this time of year to celebrate.  Don’t be one of those people.

And if you are not in the mood?  Make yourself get in the mood.  Go spend 20 bucks on a tree and a few bucks for lights.  Decorate that tree while you watch a  great Christmas movie like Miracle on 34th Street or Die Hard and tell me if that isn’t a better feeling than “not in the mood”.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week and all through Christmas is to celebrate as hard as you can and make it the best Christmas you’ve ever had.

I wish you all a truly merry Christmas and I hope you pull out all the stops to make it the best one ever.

Ben…

Yes that is me in all my 3rd grade glory

 

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 - Go do something fun
TSA#3 - Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 - Learn something new

 

 

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TSA #4 – Learn something new

Dec 13, 2011 by

For this week’s Truly Simple Action its time to learn something new.  Pick something you are interested in learning more about, and study it.

Here are 5 different ways you could explore learning something new:

  1. Check out some books from your local library
  2. Volunteer with a local group
  3. Take some online classes – Stanford has some great free classes starting next year.
  4. Take a real class at your local community college
  5. Just Google the subject and read everything you can on it

As you may have noticed only one of the options above costs money so there is no excuse to not try any of the other options.  Recently I’ve been intersted in learning more about green building techniques so I checked out some books from my library and then I just signed up for the Making Green Buildings class at from Standford.  Both were free options.

What are you interested in?  It could be anything at all.  Pick something or pick a few things and learn something new.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 - Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun
TSA#3 – Enough with the plastic bottles

 

 

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