I’m a organization & simplification junkie.
I’ve lost count of how many books & blogs I’ve read that promised to teach me how to streamline my life and manage everyday life.
Whether that meant outsourcing my tasks (hiring a cleaning service, having groceries delivered, etc.) or reorganizing our kitchen like an efficient restaurant kitchen, I’ve been all in. Some things have worked great, others were interesting experiments that didn’t last.
But you know what piece of advice has been one of the most liberating of all? The thing that has brought me the most joy, helped keep my drawers well organized and even helped me get ready faster in the morning?
The simple realization that…
SOMEDAY = NEVER
This is a key thing that I’ve been reminded of while reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (KonMari).
With that in mind, I’ve been releasing myself from all sorts of future obligations:
- Half-finished craft projects (like the finger puppets in the first photo)? Re-homed through our Buy Nothing group.
- Super-specific ingredients for a complex recipe I’ve never tried? Left for neighbors on our building’s “Free Table” or tossed in the compost.
- Shoes that I might wear someday if I can finally get the right outfit? Given to my sister.
- Books that I started years ago, but never finished? Taken to the used bookstore.
- The Pasta Maker I used twice in three years? Sold.
So many things that I never have to worry about again.
No more questions of if/when I will use them or where to store them.
No more piles of clothes left on the bed after trying on my entire closet and deciding (once again) that these items just don’t work for me.
No more guilt or feeling like a failure when I look at my half-finished projects.
Do I miss any of the things I’ve gotten rid of? No. Not once.
Instead I’m surrounded by the things I love & use.
I am free.
What “Someday” things are you holding on to?
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