‘Tis the Day After the Day After and somewhere in this house there is a piece of floor that isn’t covered by clothing, boxes to go back to college, boxes to go over to storage, random pieces of paper, or dog toys. I’m convinced there is a piece of floor. I can’t prove it, but I believe.
Somehow, the elves have not appeared to clean up. I’m confused, because I know they are on holiday from the North Pole now that the annual delivery chaos is over. Perhaps they are all sunning on a beach (that sounds smart). I know they aren’t busy picking up at our house.
Amazing as it sounds, I am cleaning up and clearing things out. The only problem is I seem to (in some ways) be making an even bigger mess. Everything out of the closet! Sort through everything that was in the closet and is now on the floor! Dispose of or donate many of the aforementioned items! Check, check, and check. But when it comes to Replace in closet or Reorganize or Whatever, I lose steam. I invent Declare the floor the new storage place! Done and done.
I’ve come up with some new ways of deciding if I should keep something.
- If the rubber band holding things together is dried out, you don’t need anything it’s “holding” anymore.
- If the business card doesn’t have an email address, recycle it.
- If it’s been broken for 5 (or more) years, you aren’t going to get it fixed and you don’t need it. (3a: If it’s technology that can’t be fixed, waiting another year or two isn’t going to make it any more fixable. Get rid of it now.)
- If you have a discount to a business that no longer exists, get rid of it.
- If it’s patched with duct tape and you haven’t used it in 2 years, it’s time to let go.
- If it would embarrass you for your best friend to know you still have it, throw it out.
- If you have no idea what it is, enlightenment is not going to arrive. Toss it.
Using this method, I’ve gotten rid of 2,347 business cards, an unidentifiable piece of plastic, and a pair of boots. Progress is progress.