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Urban renewal

I have made a couple of decisions and they are going to make my life better. So I'm feeling good about that.

I am going to buy a storage building for the backyard, not big but something. I am going to pack up things I don't tend to use regularly but want to keep. Then I can reorganize what's left. I feel this will make a big difference and I am going to start packing right away, before I have the money for the small storage shed. Freedom is ahead!

At work my desk has been covered with papers. I am working through them to create space to work. This, too, is of course freeing.

I don't know why I can't do this stuff regularly. There have been times that I have maintained a system and kept it all clear but I tend to fall off the systems. That thing about habits isn't entirely true. It takes a lot more than seven times, or thirty, or even 365. It takes constant diligence! And I admit I don't have that.


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Jun. 26th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
My workspace gets cluttered on a regular basis. I find it slows down my creative energy. My desk at home gets even worse.
We are so much alike in many ways.
Jun. 26th, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a "planner thing", but I am fortunate to work in a planning department where most of us are of the cluttered variety. I think we all recognize the damage it does but at the same time we de-clutter periodically and we understand each other. I don't feel like I have to put some kind of face on my desk or my operations. I can be completely honest about the way I am. This hasn't always been true; in other cities I have had to fake a kind of organization that I did not have, because I stood out. Now, the people I work with don't let that get in the way of their appreciation of my abilities. This is why I am still there, after five and a half years, in a job I expected to last a few months!

I did clear up my desk. It isn't pin-neat but much better and workable. My house is more of a challenge. Part of the reason is just that I don't have the strength to do everything, physically. And I don't yet have the space to store things or to take things out to look at and sort through. But I have checked out storage buildings in several places and decided where I'll go when I get the money, so I'm on my way.

Right now I am considering ebay for a few items. Or Goodwill.

The real challenge, I think, is to keep my mind forward-looking, and not sink into that "woe is me. I never succeed" mode. Is it that way for you, too? I suspect so.
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