Friday, January 18, 2013

My Cluttered Life

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…


  1. Welcome to my world!!! I managed to clean out one desk last week, which resulted in two grocery bags full of papers. I had planned to do the same thing to my "work" desk, (I work from home) this week, and somehow have managed to do everything but.
    Just think though, if you get it all done, you'll probably be at a loss for something to do!

  2. Sandie, I don't think I'll ever be at loss for something to do!

  3. Procrastination is DEFINITELY something I am guilty of.

  4. I think it's something that inherent in our personality or that we develop over the years. I think the key is being about to get things finished.

  5. gee Michael, I am just the same! everytime I say i will organize and get rid of old things I end up hidding in the kitchen baking or traying a new recipe, or anything that keeps me too busy to do what i really have to do :P
    good luck with that! :D xoxo, eliz

  6. Elizabeth, I've got so much to do that I'll never get it all finished! The key for me is to stop any new cluttering and get rid of the old.