Friday, December 26, 2008

Looking for a few slightly disorganized bloggers

The New Year is nearly upon us, and like many folks, I have a few areas of clutter in my life that I've resolved to tackle and tame during 2009.

I thought it might be fun to have a blog for fifteen or so folks with clutter challenges to share our experiences and lessons learned in clearing out our clutter. The blog is tentatively titled "The Clutter Club."

Each blogger will have one particular clutter area (could be a geographic area of the home, or a particular topic -- so one person might have kitchen clutter, another kid clutter, another photo album organizing, another financial paperwork organizing --- you get the idea...). Each blogger will blog at least twice a month but no more than once a week or so. Bloggers will each do a little research into their own area, sharing tips and options.

The overall theme will be responsible reduction (that is, how to get rid of unnecessary stuff without just tossing it all in the landfill) and, more importantly, clutter prevention (how to keep from getting overloaded with "stuff" in the first place). Being environmentally responsible and a good earth citizen will be an undercurrent of the blog. Bloggers should have a manageable challenge to blog about (that is, the blog will not be the place for tackling Bigger Issues than clutter, nor would it be the right place for someone with hoarding tendencies or other major psychological reasons for clutter). No religion or politics allowed on the blog. General good manners apply and all that.

I'm currently open to the first seven folks who contact me about this. After that, the eight of us will take stock of which areas we would like to cover, and see where we have holes. We also will want a diversity of perspectives (women and men, people with and without kids, house dwellers and apartment dwellers, etc.). So the eight of us will then put out a specific call for another eight, to fill those gaps.

You need to be eighteen or older, with passable writing skills. Ideally with an existing blog of your own, but that's not required. There will be no monetary benefit to the blog (it will be ad-free), so you should go into this simply with the idea of wanting to share you experiences to benefit those who read the blog.

If you're interested, contact me via my web site email contact page. If you're not interested but know of someone who might be, feel free to pass on word.

(I know this is off-topic for this blog, but when have I ever stayed on topic?)

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