Today I thought of an Advent calendar, how you open one window each day to discover what’s inside. Well, what if instead of a window, I open one box or drawer or closet door in my house each day and bring into the present whatever is inside? This can mean organizing it, or getting rid of things I don’t need any more (donating, gifting, recycling, discarding).

By taking one drawer or closet or box each day, I go through pretty much the whole apartment in a month, breaking the task down into manageable-sized tasks (let’s say 1 hour, but no more than 2). It’s 25 days until December 21st, the day I leave to go on my Christmas ski trip. So, today I’m making a list of places I’m going to clean out, and will do one.

Who’s with me?