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Dying From Comfort

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Yesterday, I read a Generation Y blog entitled "A Life of Comfort Will Kill You Silently."

While the blogger wrote about staying in relationships that go past their expiration dates and about becoming complacent in a less-than-rewarding job just for the comfort of the known and expected, the concept triggered in me the notion that I am "comfortable" in my messiness. So to follow on from my blog yesterday, I see I need to get UNcomforable with the possessions that own me.

Cleaning out isn't new for me. I started last year as a Flybaby ( www.flylady.net/ ) and went great guns for awhile, finally conquering my closet. Then the effort fizzled. I would set a goal of going down to the basement with an empty trash bag and not coming up till it was full. When I got to the base of the stairs and looked around, all the lofty intentions of taking even this baby step would flee in the face of the jumble of boxes, most untouched for over a decade, and I would turn around and go back upstairs feeling defeated.

Those feelings of failure rumbled around in my brain while I walked yesterday, and I realized I could use SparkPeople Fast Break techniques to help, so I set a goal to build one new habit by using the 21-day trick. I picked one spot to declutter, the breakfast nook table, which is a dumping ground for a multitude of things, since it's right in the path between the garage entry and the kitchen. I am going to clean off the mess, wipe the table down, and for the next 21 days, I will make sure the table is clean before I go to bed. Just one little thing that I hope will lead to bigger things.
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    What an incredible idea! I love it! And you are just the lady to carry it out. Once you have made up your mind to something, you are so good at following through. :) I, also, love the idea of just 'one place' at a time. Not having to make yourself crazy with having to do 'everything' at once. Good luck ~ but I'm sure you won't need it. emoticon
    1861 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    That's a great idea, Celia! I know the feeling - I have it too. Good intentions only to face the reality of it, and get discouraged. . . . Baby steps are the key - emoticon
    Do you mind if I borrow your idea? emoticon
    1865 days ago
    That's a great idea! Wishing you luck. I have a lot of clutter as well and boxes all over :-( I just might try this!
    1865 days ago
    Good for you! As I look around the room right now I can see several places like your table that could be MY starting point. Start I will!
    1865 days ago
    What a great idea - I have a few areas of the house that could really stand to be tackled. Thankfully our place is relatively small and I hate too much clutter, so they're still fairly manageable but they won't be for long if I keep ignoring them.
    1865 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Great plan! One step at a time is the only way to go when faced with a huge quantity of stuff. The rule of thumb is if it hasn't been used or touched in five years, out it goes!
    Good luck with it!! Decluttering is so freeing!
    1865 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Brilliant approach! I have found myself in the same thoughts when I make the trip to the basement--a while back I made great progress, but more needs to be made--it just gets so overwhelming sometimes--
    1865 days ago
    Way to bring some life back a breath at a time:)
    1865 days ago
    I need to go back to what my my Mother used to tell me when my children where young and I felt overwhelmed take one room at a time. I tried this with my closest 3 weeks ago. That is as far as I got my bedroom is the last place in the house that really needs to be decluttered. I don't have a basement, but my husband has a full garage, and the spare bedroom is full of his projects !! I think I will take one corner in my bedroom and clean it, it has a load of books there, donate some and keep the ones I want to re-read. I hope your system works for you. Just take it one thing at a time and work your way through it. emoticon emoticon
    1865 days ago
    Oh, boy!! Can I relate to this!! My husband is a pack rat and our basement and garage are filled with over TWO decades of stuff! I started this about a year ago and did go to basement with the trash bag. I did it twice and was so overwhelmed with all I was getting rid of and how much was left I quit. Your idea is a good one. I need to focus on one area or room that we live in. At least then I think I would have some success!
    1865 days ago
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