Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
I was surveying a newly installed fence and gate – my own – and I suddenly thought of Gretchen Rubin, author ofÂ The Happiness Project. Unfortunately for us, I don’t own her book, so I can’t mine it for an appropriate quote, but one of the keys to happiness that she extols is getting things done and off your to-do list. Make a mammogram appointment, write a thank you letter, update your resume, get your fence fixed. Taking something off your to-do list automatically makes you feel happier. I know it did me.
The sad saga of the fence goes like this: In September 2009, as a birthday surprise for my husband, I had a pretty brick fence built while he was on a week-long business trip. We already had a custom-made iron gate that matched the other ironwork on the house. Wouldn’t Dan be pleased and delighted to come home and find a beautiful little fence with the gate neatly hung? Well, he would have been, if the gate had fit. Even though it was on-site while the fence was being built, the opening was not made large enough. The gate did not fit. I dealt with the brick masons over and over. A contractor who frequently hired them intervened on my behalf. A year passed…nothing. In the meantime, we threw some junky stuff – plywood, trash cans, etc. – in front the opening to keep the dogs in. Attractive, no? No. And certainlyÂ notÂ what I had in mind. I stewed, I fussed, I forgot about it for months at a time, but always the need toÂ do something about itÂ niggled at the back of my mind.
So today, two years and five months later, the fence has been rebuilt and the gate installed.
You may notice that there is still plywood behind the gate. That’s because the latching mechanism was not installed. The gate swings both ways and certainly won’t keep the dogs inside. But I can assure you that it will take less than two weeks, not more than two years, to get this job complete.
Good for me but what does this have to do with decluttering? Mental clutter! What is on your mind that’s holding you back? What chores andÂ to-dos on the long-term list are hanging around, month after month, year after year, sapping your energy and keeping you from feeling asÂ fully successful as youÂ should feel?
I know that I feel so charge up from theÂ check!Â on my to-do list that I’m going to tackle the gutters that keep overflowing every time it rains next. Imagine how good I’ll feel then!
What long-term burdens are you dragging around that you can declutter, and what’s your planÂ of action?
Today’s Declutter Item
These two ball gowns are an example of metal clutter to me. Not only are they physical clutter but I have procrastinated over getting rid of them for some time. The purple dress was made for my by my mother used once and never worn again. The other was a bargain but the glitter fabric was so rough on my underarms and was never worn. One languished because of the sentiment attached the other because of the wasted cash and it would have done in an emergency. I am just glad they are both gone now. They sold very quickly at the thrift shop.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow