Oh, how I love a good idea.
Maybe I love ideas more than solutions.
Sometimes I consider something an “idea” when it’s really a solution that I’m not implementing right that minute.
Which could be called procrastination.
Like this light-thingy. I ran across it while decluttering. It’s cute and useful and someone gave it to one of us. But I almost stuck it in the Donate Box.
I was trying to answer Decluttering Question #2 before I asked myself Decluttering Question #1.
Would I know I had it? (That’s #2.) No. I wouldn’t. So I wouldn’t even look for it.
BUT, Question #1 is Where would I look for it first? (Go put it there right now.)
When I asked myself that question, my roundabout answer was: Well, it would be perfect as a reading light on my daughter’s daybed.
Oooh. A good idea. I love those.
But my inner monologue continued: So I guess I should keep it. So I can put it on her bed one of these days.
And my over-thinking brain kept rambling: But it’s just going to keep cluttering up this drawer and even though it’s a good solution, I HAVE to get the junk out of this drawer.
I’m so thankful my inner Snarky Slob caught what I was trying to do. Procrastinate when I had no reason whatsoever to procrastinate except that I seem to enjoy procrastinating. When it hit me how easy it would be to just DO it now, I did it. And two seconds later, this great little item was useful, and ultimately it was decluttered.
Because if I’m using it, it’s not clutter. If it sits in a drawer, still in its package, taking up space and mental energy, it’s clutter.
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