Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's Resolutions: Keeping It Simple

Before I start, I want to dedicate today's post to my blogger friend Ivy. She's been an inspiration, even if this project has taken way too long. Ivy, I bought these at Dollar Tree last week and immediately thought of you....

Ivy's a big Wonder Woman fan!

I'm not one to make New Year's Resolutions. I used to give it a shot, but since I never stuck to them, it seemed a big waste of time. But now, I think I just might  manage to finish what I've started. Some months ago, inspired by Ivy, I decided to declutter. I long for the simple life, and decluttering seems the best way to start. I went through my clothes and donated a lot of stuff. Every year, except for 2016, our church has had a yard sale, and I've given them stuff for those sales. Collin has scanned all of our paper documents into the computer so there was no need for paper files. Anything I didn't use was given away or thrown away. Our movies, music and books are almost all digitized now.

And still, things started piling up again.

In the past year, we've spent more time than either of us would have liked in doctors' offices and hospitals. I had a couple of CT scans, x-rays, a brain MRI, a Doppler carotid ultrasound and a trip to the emergency room for an infected finger. I discovered I had a very minor stroke--"pinpoint" was the word my doctor used. Still, it's had an impact.

Collin, on the other hand, has a problem that has yet to be identified. A few months ago, he started having trouble walking. He lost feeling from the waist down. At one point, I had to hold him up. He's fine now, but still needs to be evaluated for a potential neuromuscular disorder. That's scheduled for a couple of weeks ago.

So as I said, things were piling up. I had boxes of stuff I'd planned to donate to the church sale that didn't happen, bags of recycling I couldn't get to the recycling facility. We could barely get into our storeroom. And there was stuff that really needed to go to the dumpsters. We had boxes in the dining room, and things got worse when the time came to set up our Christmas tree. (Yes, we have an artificial tree--we've had the same one for twenty-three years now.) We bought a new plastic container for the tree because the box it came in was falling apart. Problem: the new container is much bigger than the old box, so it won't fit on the shelf where we've kept it as long as we've lived here. We need a new storage spot--but where? The storeroom looks like an episode of Hoarders.

Our storeroom. It was worse.
 A LOT worse.

The wake-up call, for me, came when we were out with a friend just before Christmas. I was telling her my Odd Couple story about issues I'd had with a former roommate--and she was genuinely surprised to hear that I was the Felix in that story! When we got home, I took a look around and decided things had to change. 

It couldn't happen overnight. It was going to require some reorganizing. So Collin and I spent New Year's Eve sorting, bagging, boxing and reorganizing. I estimate another week's work to get everything done, but we're getting there.

Anybody else make any resolutions for 2018 beyond just getting through it?

18 comments:

  1. Glad to hear both of you are feeling better. You sound like a master at organizing considering the digitized files and photos. Guess I'm too sentimental. A couple of years ago I went through my old correspondence and if I didn't recognize the name or company I tossed some of it. Lo and behold I threw away a friend's drawing signed by her daughter and of course this friend visited me. I think she wondered what happened to her daughter's artwork. 🙁Anyway, Happy New Year! My resolutions are to finish my WIP and of course lose weight.⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘

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    1. I've lost 13 pounds. I'll probably lose more pounds in discarded crap than I will off my butt!

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  2. Every once in awhile I have to declutter my desk, but that's pretty much the only problem area.

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    1. Collin just did that with his desk--right after I complained that I couldn't find a place for my external hard drive when I archived email.

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  3. Happy New Year! I hereby resolve to continue to be up to no good.

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    1. That should be an easy one to keep!

      Happy New Year to you, too!

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  4. I do several resolutions throughout the year. Kind of a kick start my life.
    See my doctor soon... blah blah and I hope to get my meds working (the way I want)
    Feel better (hahahahahahaha) look at meds working
    Hopefully lose weight...look at meds working.
    Get my life back have not drawn anything forever, Christmas card was the first in a year.
    TAKE BACK MY LIFE !

    maybe ?

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

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  5. Hi Norma! Thank you for this post. It's not an easy or quick thing but what a reward in the end. Here's to better health for us all, in 2018. PS: Loved the bags. Very, very cool. Thank you again for sharing your story with us and the pictures. You rock. Hugs & Bugs - Me.

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  6. I honestly think decluttering is the best thing ever, the only trouble is it's a constant endeavour, things just seem to find their way back in 😊 keeping on top of your health is excellent, that's one of mine also Norma.

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    1. It is! I found it can't just be done once. We have to keep getting rid of stuff.

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  7. My only resolution is to not get caught when I sneak my daughter's pyrex cake pan out of the house past my husband. He thinks if you're crazy enough to bring food in pyrex to our house, you deserve to never see it again.

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  8. No resolutions. I'm covering my eyes, crossing my fingers and hoping to get through it! Good luck on decluttering. We've gotta do that too!

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    1. Maybe there should be an Olympic Decluttering event!

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  9. Good for you! When we moved from the lake ten years ago, we cleaned out, threw away, gave away, and sold things I thought I could never part with.

    Surprise! I did part with them and it gave me a sense of liberty I haven't had since I was eighteen!

    Unfortunately, now we're beginning to accumulate stuff again. Sigh.

    And I don't make resolutions. Rather than be depressed when I fail to keep them, I keep alive the spark of optimism that one day I'll do better. One day!

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