The winner: Reducing the clutter

Thanks to everyone who voted to “Help me write a post.” Here’s the winner!

I started this in April or May of 2006. It’s still very relevant today. But since some of it was outdated, I’ve rewritten it to be a little more current.

I’ve spent a lot of the last year of my life cleaning house.

I took stock of everything in my life and evaluated it. I added up all of my possessions, my commitments, my debts, my friendships, and even my relationships. And from that point on, I’ve been making some decisions about what stays, What goes, and what needs more evaluation.

This all started in about February of 2006 when I finally reached a boiling point with all of my commitments. I was still involved in two gay chorus organizations, and they were both demanding a lot of time out of my life. I had also began a podcast on my blog, which created another commitment that added to the list. Add all of that to work, other outside projects, friends, family, and keeping track of my overall health– and I had a potential volcano about to erupt.

So, not long after I came to this realization, I began to slice and dice my life into neat, bite-sized pieces. I could probably stand to trim a little more fat, but at least I’m better off now than I was then.

I cut the Windy City chorus out completely in March. I remain involved doing graphic work for them (which is enough of a commitment in and of itself), but I just couldn’t participate as a singing member any longer.

I even put CGMC on hiatus for a while last summer. I needed some time to refocus my energies on other things, and it was a big help. I rejoined them in the fall.

The podcast took a brief hiatus in April-May, and then officially ended in November. You would be amazed how much work went into that once-a-week ‘show’ that I was producing. I’m in awe of other podcasters who produce FIVE shows a WEEK. I went nuts doing ONE show a week. I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Then, of course, July happened. And instantly I had to change how I thought about everything.

I was going to my mom’s more often, and dealing with things I never had to deal with before. I also had to deal with emotions I had never experienced before. So trying to keep everything in line while dealing with all of that extra baggage was really hard.

But in the end, the one thing I had to focus on and remain constant to was myself. And although with everything that went on in the last year, it was really hard, I survived. Somehow.

I have my moments (case in point: the near-closing of the blog); but I’m getting better as time goes on.

And as for my reorganization situation, well… let’s put it this way. Spring cleaning is going to be very, very fruitful. And the Brown Elephant (resale shop) will be getting a lot of things to sell… that is, if I don’t sell it myself. I could use a little extra cash, you know. 🙂

Maybe I’ll list things on the blog and see who wants my junk. (Remember, one man’s junk is another person’s treasure!) Hmm… something to consider.