It’s going to be in the 70s this weekend in Nashville. I am looking forward to getting the windows open and tackling some spring cleaning projects.
To keep me motivated, I am joining my friend Tsh from Simple Mom for her annual Project Simplify.
Here’s the schedule:
1. Drawers and Shelves (week of April 9)
2. That Pesky Closet (week of April 16)
3. Piles (week of April 23)
4. That Put-Off Project (week of April 30)
For details, click here. I’ll be posting my progress each Monday. I have been working hard on the drawers and shelves project all week.
Another spring cleaning project I have been working on is getting my feed reader cleaned up and organized. Do you know what a feed reader is? Essentially it is an online tool that let’s you store all your favorite blogs and websites in one place. You go to that one site and bam! everything that has been updated recently shows up.
Many people use Google Reader, but it is closing its online doors in July, so it is time to move your feeds somewhere else. If you have never used a reader, maybe spring is the time to clean up your bookmark bar and set up a reader!?
Thankfully, I never jumped on the Google Reader bandwagon. I set up a Netvibes account years ago, but then I just stopped using it and started visiting sites manually. So over the past week I have been slowly working through my Netvibes account, deleting blog that are out of date or I don’t read anymore, adding new ones, etc. Netvibes is very easy to use and has a clean interface that I like. You can even set up tabs for different categories of content, if you want. (I have a friends/family tab, a frugal tab, an (in)courage bloggers tab, etc.) I’m excited to start using it again because it is such an efficient way to keep up with blogs. The only down side is that it doesn’t have a phone or iPad app, I have used it for so long, I don’t really want to make a switch.
Here are a few other feed reader options that I have read about. Many will let you import right from Google Reader, which is cool.
Of course, you can also sign up to receive your favorite blogs via email. (Did you know that every month I do a drawing for my email subscribers for a $75 Lisa Leonard gift card? Pretty awesome! You can sign up in the box at the bottom of this post.)
Do you use an RSS reader? Subscribe to blogs via email? Use bookmarks?
Also, what spring cleaning projects are you hoping to tackle this season? Will you be joining in Project Simplify?