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Easy is Easy; Hard is Hard

Friday, April 02, 2021

April 2021
Spring is coming! I am excited, but I am also procrastinating.
It is easy to do the easy things, but hard to do the hard things. Sigh. My house is a mess. My yard is a mess. My desk is a mess. It is so overwhelming when you are the only one to have to do it ALL!
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I listened to an audiobook - Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy - which basically said to do the hardest thing first and the rest of the tasks for the day will be easy. It makes sense.
I have also listened to a multitude of audiobooks on decluttering - Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki - Spark Joy by Marie Kondo - The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker - They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson - Let It Go by Peter Walsh - The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson - Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven - and so on. I have made little dents, but nothing transformational. I saw a comic strip where the senior father is showing his packed full garage to his son, saying, "Someday, Son, this will all be yours!" Yikes! My kids are terrified!
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I had to deal with a forty year collection that my mother left for me . . . boxes of feathers, pine cones, rocks, canning, suitcases, etc. It was a huge undertaking, but it had to be done. Will I do the same to my children? I hope not. That is not my plan.
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I did tackle a few closets a year ago, and to my amazement, they have stayed pretty organized.

But, my basement is a giant black hole - everything goes in, except the car. Funny, but not funny. I don't dare show you pictures! Now, the outside is calling . . . weeds, garden, a wild wisteria, an overgrown English Ivy ... sigh.
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But, am I ready to trade my cluttered house in for a tiny apartment? Nope! I accept my messy house, and my artsy, messy me! I would like it decluttered, but I enjoy the things I have, and the projects that I get to tinker with. I am never bored or without something to do. I retired a few years ago, which should have given me plenty of time to deal with "stuff" but no, I get distracted by new projects.

How do I procrastinate? I walk my 10,000 steps, listen to audiobooks, spend a lot of time on SparkPeople, play iPad games for my brain, watch Netflix movies, and then I might do some things around my place. Oh well. I am happy, healthy, and content. And no one is coming to visit to see my messy house. Life is a balancing act, and some things you just have to let go to be happy. Don't sweat the small (messy) stuff!

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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    I don’t journal, but do track daily and make lists
    23 days ago
  • NANCYPAULINE
    I could have written the last two paragraphs. Yes, I'd like to declutter, but I, too, like my creative messiness. I don't eat the frog first either. Sometimes if you wait long enough, that "frog" just disappears. I learned that the guilty way when teaching, at the end of the school year, those ungraded papers went in a faraway recycling dumpster.

    Every time I reach for the third wooden spoon in my utensil canister, I remember that I am not a minimalist. One of each, you've got to be kidding. emoticon
    35 days ago
  • SPARKLENORTH
    Great attitude. I love your closet. (want to come and do mine LOL) Enjoy the outdoors with the yard work.
    40 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    You decide what's important and then make peace with your decision.
    Yes, spring is coming, and the yard (say weeds) are calling. I'll answer when I feel like it :)
    Enjoy your weekend.
    42 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    wow, good job.
    43 days ago
  • FIRYMIST
    I can relate to your post. your before and after closet pictures are wonderful and inspiring.

    There are also small areas of my house that are organized, but most seems somewhat chaotic.

    Stay happy and healthy and tackle clutter as you feel like it!

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    43 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Are we distantly related? I responded to a blog yesterday about "time" by being honest. The reason some things stay on my list from day to day is because I don't want to do them.
    There are so many enjoyable things I would rather do.
    I take heart though. My young son once told me not to worry. "Nobody know we have a messy house because if anyone is coming over, we clean it up." LOL
    He should have added that we clean up the part they will see. Some rooms best to close the door.

    You are focusing on a sound mind in a sound body. Sounds good to me.
    43 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    Oh my goodness, can I relate to everything here! I've added some of those books to my long list of books to check out. I really need to DO, not just read about doing. I've watched some of the minimalist practitioners on You Tube and feel inspired.
    They Left Us Everything sounds like me. Three generations + worth of stuff here. Now the great-grands are here most days and talking about moving in.
    Your closet looks fantastic.
    43 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/2/2021 2:42:38 PM
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