Excerpt from Daily Cures, Wisdom for Healthy Aging by Connie Mason Michaelis
Oh, the agony of facing a massive chore. The reasons for procrastination go on and on, and meanwhile, the chore multiplies in size and difficulty. Actually, the same applies to small tasks. “I will make an appointment to have a colonoscopy later, another day, next week, in the winter, after I lose 20 pounds, after my birthday when it is more convenient.” Someday is a disease, not a day of the week. Time management experts tell us to be disciplined to do difficult tasks in the morning and then give ourselves the rest of the day to do pleasurable things. It makes good sense because not only do you feel the lightheartedness of having completed a task you dreaded, but you enjoy the day and feel productive.
This idea applies to downsizing. I call it getting rid of stuff! Oh, the stories I hear about the impossible chore of disposing of a household full of stuff! Garages, attics, basements, extra bedrooms are full of stuff we no longer need or want. It is as if a prison has been erected around us when we weren’t paying attention. What seemed to be precious treasures have now become a burden. The shiny antiques from generations before have become handcuffs that restrict our freedom and flexibility. Start today, not someday, to begin the job of cleaning out the stuff. Make a plan and get started; you’ll be so happy. If you intend to move, downsize or stay in your own home, you still have to get rid of the stuff. There are companies that will help you sort it, give it, sell it, or throw it away. Reach out for help. Ask an expert. Tell the kids you are ready. Every day you delay, the chore increases, and your energy wains. Someday is a disease; action is the cure!