Decorating Wisely by Glenda Wise
Is it just me or does there seem to be less hours in the day than ever before? Every single time I think that I’ll be able to have a few extra minutes to get something done, I don’t! I always feel that there is something more pressing than needs my immediate attention. In reality, though, if I would just set aside the time to organize things like my office and my closet my life would be so much easier in the long run. Plus, how in the world am I supposed to tell Gracie that she needs to keep her closet organized when mine looks worse than hers. That’s not really the greatest parental example now is it? Gosh darn it I’m getting my closet and office organized this summer if it’s the last thing I do! I’ve devised a plan and I hope it can help you out too if there’s something you’ve been putting off like me.
First you need to take a realistic approach, after all summer is just a few short months, throw camps and vacations in there and you’re really down to just a few usable weekends to really accomplish something. This is where you need to have a heart-to-heart with yourself and prioritize the things that really just make you crazy when things are busy. My crazy is my closet and office...I really should have thought twice about putting those glass French doors on the office.
Next, divide and conquer. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a small victories kind of gal.
I need a little motivation along the way; therefore, I’m much more productive if I have small goals that help me reach the big goal. For example, my closet. Why, oh why, do I have clothes in there that I haven’t worn for at least 20 years? Oh, I remember, because somewhere in my demented head I think I’m going to weigh 98 pounds again. I have to come to grips with reality that I’m 46 years old and I have better odds of winning the lottery than I do of weighing 98 pounds again. Oh, and guess what, I’m not in my 20’s anymore, so even if those clothes fit they are not very age appropriate for me. This is the summer for me to just sing, “Let it Go”, and really let it go! Just getting rid of all the clothes and shoes will take care of 75% of my closet problem.
I do, however, have a big problem with throwing things away when I know there are people in need. Please don’t just throw these things in the garbage! Find a place to donate them or give them to someone in need. We get so busy sometimes and inundated with stuff that we forget there are people that would give anything to have even half of what we do.