Isn’t it baffling that no matter how much you reduce your belongings and simplify your life, there still seems to always be an endless to-do list. I think it is highly possible, at least in my case, that while I am un-complicating one area of my life I am filling that void with something else.
Actually asÂ I write this, I am sure I publishedÂ a post on this very subject not so long back. Nevertheless I am going to prattle on about it again today. If for no other reason than the fact that I obviously didn’t listen to my own advice the last time.Â
Sometimes even the things we enjoy in life can begin to feel like a chore. Â The effort of manoeuvring other activitiesÂ just toÂ fit them inÂ can be exhausting. And then there is the physical clutter that sometimes manifests due to them.
I don’t actually know Â where I am going with this post so I am just going to give some examples of things on my to-do list that areÂ just draining me at the moment. Things that I aspire to getting around to doing but are actually just causing clutter in my life that I don’t need.
First Thing: On my balcony IÂ have a louvred cabinetÂ doorÂ and three picture frames. I can see the potential in them, which is why I “rescued” them from the gutter in the first place, but I really don’t have the inclination or possibly even the skills to do anything with them. But what they really are is aspirational clutter making my balcony look unattractive and harder to clean. They haveÂ to go. Should I find the time and inspiration later I am sure I can acquire replacements Â just as easily as I acquired these.
Second Thing: I really enjoyÂ creating my handcrafted cards and using up my supply of craft materials. However there are a lot of materials among themÂ that Â I don’t like enough to warrant theÂ space they waste in my home. Allowing those to lingerÂ isÂ making the decluttering process far too long winded. At the same time I find it hard to say no to interesting papers etc that I can see potential in.
Solution: On Monday I made a pledge to not bring in any more paper crafting materials for two months and I am going to stick to that pledge no matter what. In fact I hope to stretch that pledge out longer once the two months are up. Also I am going to round up aÂ collection of materials among what I already own andÂ donate them to my local thrift shop.
Third Thing: I have been taking on far too much responsibility and not delegating enough when it comes to my art space since taking it over in April. It is time I stopped being such a control freak and gave myself a break. One of these responsibilities has been to bring the space in line with the new standards of presentation. That is the reason for props such as the picture frames and louvred doorÂ mentioned in the first thing above.
Solution: I have started delegating and am resisting any temptation toÂ acquire any more merchandising items. Especially ones that require upcycling.
Forth Thing: There are a few tasks on my to-do list that are unavoidable yet I have been procrastinating over them. Although avoiding them is not causing clutter in my home it sure is causing clutter in my head. Â In my experience, doing is usually far less painful than procrastinating, so heaven knows why I still find myself doing it at times.
Solution: I pledge now that these tasks will all be completedÂ by the end of next week.
I love repurposing, I love crafting, I love organising, I love helping others and I love to be thorough… but one needs to know where to draw the line. As it is impossible to be everything to everyone all of the time.
Are there areas in your life that need decluttering? Are you overtaxing yourself, even when it comes to the things you enjoy? If so maybe it is time to cut yourself some slack and take a break from it all.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something that was given to you that you no longer wish to keep.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Donâ€™tÂ acceptÂ freeÂ promotionalÂ products that you have no use for. Accepting these just encourages the continuation of this practice while the environment would be healthier without the manufacture of cheap throwaway or needless items like these usually are.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow