I’m as guilty as the next procrastinator about putting things off because “I’m just too busy.” It seems the more I try to simplify my life the more complicated it becomes.
One reason – at least an excuse I use – it that I have to declutter and organize in order to simplify. And believe me, that takes time.
There was a time in my life when it wasn’t much of a problem to get organized. As I reflect on it, I think there are two reasons for that:
1. I didn’t have as much “stuff” back then to organize (and I've saved a lot of those items from way back when).
2. As I’ve grown older, I’m slower about getting things done. In other words, I don’t have the energy, and sometimes the inclination, to put things in their place or toss in the trash.
One of my sons came over last weekend to go through boxes that contained some items from his childhood. He’s in his mid-30s. Some of the boxes were nearly 50 years old – from my teen years. Did I mention that I might be a pack rat as well?
My wife and I decided that we’re going to go through one box a week. A few things we may keep but the majority of stuff will end up going to charity groups and the rest in the trash can.
Now if we can just find the time to get started.
Until the next time…