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  • Writer's pictureClaire Marie

Looking Back to Look Forward

As I started to write this article, I looked back at this article to see how I did on my resolutions for 2022 - you know, the ones I made it a point not to make. As I strive toward decluttering and purging, I continue to struggle. There are things I just don't know what to do with. There are things I don't want but also think may be of value to someone else and I don't want to just throw them away. My business mind also thinks that some of those things can be sold (and I did sell a Rubik's cube along with a few other items).

My office also continues to be a constant battle. It seems to be the main place that all the things I don't know what to do with end up collecting. I keep just enough space to efficiently work from home, but geez, it could be WAY better. Just this past weekend, I took a lamp out of it and put it in the pile to donate and that's progress.

Also, to say that I'm sentimental is putting it mildly. As I sit at my desk, I see pictures of my grandparents that hung in my mom's house until she passed. I look a little to one side and I see a velvet pill box hat that was my Mom's in her younger years. I continue around the room, and I see toy cars that were bought when I bought my first "dream" car. I also see things that remind me of my children. My whole office is this way, and I don't want to change all of it, just the clutter.

Another factor in all of this is that I grew up with the old saying, "Waste not; want not." To me that literally means that if it's not broken or falling apart, you keep it and use it. The problem is, I have to remind myself that there are a lot of things that I don't use, so it's best to let those go so someone who can use it will be able to have it. It's a constant struggle of "but I MIGHT use this in the future" vs. "get real, honey, you ain't ever gonna use that again."

So, I may not have completely fulfilled my resolution of cleaning, organizing and decluttering, but I have continued to work on it. It's a daily battle and struggle - maybe I just need to fertilize it a bit - like I would the plants in my garden.

Well, how did your resolutions turn out? Did you achieve your goals? Do you make new goals each year or continue with the ones from prior years?

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