Friday, May 22, 2015

Why now?

Some of you may know that I've been trying to simplify and minimize for quite a while now. I've tried a number of different methods, and I've made great progress. I've also fallen back a number of times. I've never gotten to a complete "clean slate." Why do I think this time will be different?

Well, it has to be.

Marie Kondo explains in her book why other methods fail, and why hers works. It makes sense. She's a little over the top with her relationship with items. But she makes a lot of good points about how and when items serve their purpose, and more importantly, what to do with them after they have accomplished that purpose.

I work good with deadlines, and I have a pretty big deadline coming up. I've been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program for this fall. At orientation last week the program director basically said "I own you. This is your life. Say goodbye to your friends." She wasn't quite so formidable about it, but the main point was clear: The program is intense and will take a lot of my time and energy. I want to be able to give the time and energy I do have to my home and family. I don't want to spend a majority of that time cleaning and organizing.

There are a lot of other goals I've had in mind to work on this summer, but I've decided to put them on the back burner. I am shopping more locally, and eating healthier, but I'm not making that my main focus right now. As I've thought about all the things I want to accomplish and learn about, I've realized I can't do them all at once, and I've realized I can't do them well with a cluttered house. They say a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. I believe it. I feel the effects of my disorganization. I need to get it under control, and I need to do it before September.

Do deadlines motivate you? If not, what does?
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