HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Bill Vaughn said, “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” I’d like to add my two cents worth: Old age is when you sleep through New Year’s Eve.
If the shoe fits, wear it.
This is my last day for organizing tips. I hope you will let me know if you plan to try any of them. Or even better, share your tips with me.
Limit your social networking time. Facebook is fun, no doubt. And I guess it’s a legal way to snoop, to be the ultimate nosey neighbor. If we are not very careful, however, it can eat up our time. Be aware. Set a timer. Limit yourself. If necessary, be accountable to someone.
Don’t buy so much. This is a no-brainer. I can be tempted to buy what I don’t really need because marketers are so good at their jobs. The glitz is enticing. The price may be right. But if I don’t need it, it really isn’t a bargain. Ask yourself these two questions: Do I really need it? Where will I put it?
If something comes in, something must go out. This is an appendix to the above. If you make this a rule when you shop, it might help curtail some impulse buying.
As I continue with my January organization (begun in December), I am serious about paring down. It is difficult. Simplicity is a far off destination, it seems. But I’m on the right road.
I remember a quote attributed to WIlliam Morris (1834-1896):
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
I’m not sure I am there yet. I can easily pick out the useful and the beautiful items. What stops me dead in my tracks are things that I might need in the future. I just never know when I will find a use for all those popsicle sticks, the boxes of fabric, a half set of mittens, the clothes that will fit when I lose 20 pound, or old scarves that are sure to come back in style. Sometimes I think I’m a hopeless keeper of stuff.
I encourage myself that even the Bible mentions people and their stuff. Genesis 31:37 is talking about Jacob. Applying it to me is a bit out of context. Actually, it is very much out of context. But here is the verse anyway:
Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? (King James Version)
That’s me in a nut shell.
One thing for sure about this brand new year. I will be held accountable for the way I spend it. I’d better spend it wisely.
Happy New Year and Good Organizing to you.