Wendy B wrote this very wiseÂ statement in a commentÂ recently in regards to declutteringÂ ~Â
“The thought of tackling the job is often more consuming than doing the job itself.”
How very true this is. I bet there are many of you out there who spent more time and metal energy putting off your decluttering than the time and effort that you actuallyÂ needed to putÂ into it once you got started. I was a little guilty of that myself to be honest. I knew, before returningÂ home to live in Australia in 2007, thatÂ downsizing was our ultimate goal, but aside from the necessary ejection of stuff required to fit comfortably into our new home, and some extra bursts here and there, it was 2010 before I got on with the task in earnest.
And the problem with procrastinating is that you are wasting all that mental stress on getting nowhere. When it is as easy as putting one item aside each day, in the garage, or wherever you choose your transitionÂ area to be. Then donating the stuffÂ to a charity when you have a pile big enough to make the effort to drop it off. And if you live in a place like the USA where the charity will come to you, it is even easier to get the job done, or at least make progress.
Of course you can complicate things by selling items via online auctions or similar, or by having a garage sale, but there is always an extra reward for your laboursÂ there, so it is often worth the extra effort. But that is entirely up to you.
We often procrastinate because we focus on the harder aspects of the task rather than just getting started on the easy stuff. How does the saying go? ~ “How do youÂ eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” And there is always those things that are much easier to deal with than others. That is how I got started and in the end I gotÂ rid of far more stuff that I ever thought I would. EvenÂ things I had no intention of ever letting go. The more I decluttered the easier it was to part with things and the more things I realised a didn’t need to keep.
Actually just writing today’s post was a case of procrastination for me. That seems a little more than ironic. In the end I figured I would get a better night sleep if I took care of that and another small task before going to bed rather than leaving it until today. And I did sleep better for it I think.
The thing about procrastinating is that it makes you feel bad, then feeling bad makes you sorry for yourself so you self medicate by doing something else you would rather do. While actually by doing what you don’t want to do you can make yourself feel a lot better than avoiding it.
I know there are plenty ofÂ my readers out there, who are a long way along their declutter journey,Â who have been there and done that, so why not share with us your procrastination story, and how you overcame it. And those of you still torturing yourself with futile procrastination,Â hopefully reading our about experiences will help you start eating that elephant, one bite at a time.
Random Acts of Unusual Kindness
As a pedestrian treat the sidewalk as if it were the road. Keep to the side that the road traffic travels on in the country that you are in at the time. Don’t dart out from side allies and shops into oncoming foot traffic. And don’t walk three abreast. This ought to be common sense, but it doesn’t seem to be, and life would be a lot easier for everyone if we all adhered to these simple rules.