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!
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!
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.
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.
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!