“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” Christina Scalise
One of my goals for 2019 was to clean out the clutter that had accumulated. There was a lot of clutter because I am a pretty good procrastinator when there is something I don’t want to do. There are things I don’t want to do that get done because if they aren’t done…well things smell and look awful and people will talk about me behind my back…and really because I can’t stand it when some things aren’t done.
Anyway back to my goal of decuttering. It’s done! Took three pick up truck loads to Goodwill to be done, one in the spring, one in the summer, one last week and a lot of stuff went in the trash. This may make me sound like a hoarder but I am not. My brother was a hoarder so I know from first hand experience what hoarding looks like.
To be truthful, there are a few things that I probably should have given away but I didn’t. They are things I don’t use and don’t really need but for now they are still here. Maybe someday they will go out the door but for now they still have sentimental value to me. That and I am afraid my mother will haunt my dreams if I give away some of her treasures.
All in all it feels good to open closets and armoires and drawers and see only things I actually use…sort of…I got tired of trying on clothes that I really like even though they don’t fit. Hey, I might lose the pounds I have gained in retirement, you know.
The other goal was to paint my apartment. I painted the kitchen then hired someone to paint the rest of the place. Except the doors. There are 18 doors and since no ladder is needed I decided I could save a few dollars and do them myself. I have three more to paint. Procrastination is in full bloom! I do have until midnight December 31 to have them done 😼
I have made the decision not to have goals for 2020. It feels good to know there will be no procrastination stress.
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice.”
In the past, I have often let the opinions of others make decisions for me. These days I listen to their opinions and consider them then I do what I think is best. Took work to get to this point but it was well worth the effort.
Are the opinions of others what makes your decision or do you use their opinions as help to make the decision?
I wrote in an earlier Celebrate the Small Things post
about finally making a decision but I didn’t tell what it was
because I hadn’t yet told the people that really needed to know.
Well, now they know so I can let everyone know.
As of December 30th I am…
! Retired !
At least for now.
I am not sure I will like not working.
I guess I will know in a few weeks if I like being retired.
If I decide I need more structure or connections I will look for a part-time job.
Until then I’m just chillin’.
After months of thinking about it, seeking advice, going back and forth about what to do, and being a bit crazed I have made my decision. Can’t tell you what it is just yet
but after New Years I will.
I am almost done with Christmas shopping. I don’t do anything major in the way of gifts, just little thought gifts. Usually, I make something but this year I did not. I might make cookies or something, though.
The bit of holiday decorating I do is done.
I am ready for the holiday and it isn’t even the week of the big day.
Usually I am pretty good with deciding things.
I think and ponder, sometimes ask advice, research, make pro and con lists.
And make the decision fairly quickly.
Whatever I decide is usually fine and if it isn’t I can reconsider and do something else.
I mean really, nobody dies whatever I decide.
But this one took me almost two years to make!
And it is no big deal. Just a little yes I will or no I won’t kind of thing.
But it took me forever.
Because, and this is silly, I was bothered by what other people might think.
That is so unlike me.
Anyway, the decision is made and I have told who I need to tell.
And the earth is still spinning around the sun.
So today I celebrate my decision.
Today, I think I will celebrate with some chocolate and wine.
I will go back on my diet tomorrow.