This is the time of year when my whole life schedule gets a little out of kilter. Lately I’ve been sleeping in shifts so to speak. Regardless of the time I go to sleep at night, I wake up three hours later and can’t fall back asleep. If I get past the time that if I fell asleep I’d not get a full cycle of sleep before the alarm goes off then I just get up. When the time to get up and start the day rolls around I’ve been awake for awhile already. I drink coffee with my husband then go through my morning routine of fixing him breakfast and a lunch to take to work. After he’s gone I do my morning Bible study, then some catching up on social media and YouTube videos on the channels I’ve subscribed to. Eventually I get sleepy again and go back to bed for the rest of my daily sleep. It happened during the pre-Christmas days of staying up late to wrap gifts for two days straight and getting up after just 3- 5 hours. Now I’m having a difficult time getting my sleep back to sleeping through the night again.
My husband suggested that in the future I wrap gifts as I buy them through the year. I told him that then I wouldn’t remember what I bought. I probably wouldn’t either, not with my memory problems. I pulled out stashed gifts this year that I had forgotten I purchased earlier in the year. If I do start to pre-wrap gifts I’ll have to keep a log of what is in each one. I’ll have to have a big tub to put them in and keep a notebook in with them too. I’m sure I can find a tub and if not then they aren’t that expensive and I know I have notebooks and journals that I could devote one of them to keeping a log.
That would just be a part of my plan for organizing my life. Actually, I’ve been considering for some time just divesting myself of ‘stuff’ that I’ve accumulated over the past 11 , coming up on 12, years since we moved to Nebraska. We moved out here with just a single trailer of our furniture and personal belongings. We didn’t have much furniture either until our kids started moving out here and living with us. Now the amount of ‘stuff’ is getting out of hand and I’d like to reduce the clutter. We have more ‘stuff’ in the garage than would fit in the little trailer we used to move out here in. Not all of it is ours personally, some of it belongs to our kids. My home has become the storage unit for some of their ‘stuff’ too. But I have plenty of things that I could get rid of to free up space and get a little better organized.
Organization has not been among the skills I’ve mastered in my 62 years on the planet. I have a picture of organized in my mind, but how to get from where I am to that point of organized is still a mystery to me. Getting rid of ‘stuff’ might help though. Maybe what I need to do is move far away again and get there with just the things that I need, the few mementos of my life that I keep in a tub already, and those things that add value to my life- read the ‘stuff’ associated with my quilting hobby. Although I could probably divest myself of some of that too. I acquired more than my space could handle when I purchased a 12′ quilting frame and vintage quilting machine. It came with the previous owners entire stash of fabric, more than she would use in her lifetime has become more than I can use in mine. Plus all the fabric, craft and sewing ‘stuff’ that my daughter-in-law inherited from her grandmother when she passed away a couple years ago. They do not have a home big enough to hold any of it so they asked to store it with my quilting ‘stuff’ until they do eventually get a bigger home. Right now they are living in a small two bedroom mobile home, they own it outright, so the cost of housing is only the cost of the space rent. I remember the days when we had a similar housing situation, a bigger mobile home with three bedrooms, but we had 4 kids where they only have two at the moment.
One of the first places I intend to reduce my stuff is in the clothing department. I haven’t had a professional job in over 9 years, but, I still have all those work clothes that I will never wear. Why do I keep them? I only wear one or two of them on special occasions such as weddings, graduations, and the like. That is where I’ll start… I’ll think about what to get rid of next after I get through that part. Determining what clothing to keep is going to be the hardest part. Items I love wearing, but which ones?
Accomplishing this goal means that I will be spending more time going through ‘stuff’ than going through social media posts or watching alternative news channels. That is a fair exchange. I’ve taken to spending a little too much time on electronic devices. How easy it is to waste away hours on a computer and get nothing else accomplished. Now is time to do something about that, because later I may not be in good enough physical condition to do anything about it. Things deteriorate with age, especially the human body, some more rapidly than others.
I’m not going away completely, but, I won’t be spending quite so much time in the ether of the internet. Instead I’m going to be spending more time filling containers for either the dump or the donation bin. I’m too lazy to try and sell anything. I’m also going to limit my acquisitions of things to just those I really do need. Food, consumables, and replacement articles of clothing as the old ones wear out or no longer fit.
Those seem like reasonably attainable goals. It may take more than a year to actually drill down to the nitty-gritty of items I’ve been unreasonably holding on to for years. But I will get there, hopefully. I never make New Year’s Resolutions nor make promises I am unsure I can keep. So making a decision to reduce the ‘stuff’ in my house isn’t a resolution as one would normally think of made at the beginning of the new year. But, I am resolved to do my best to get the ‘stuff’ in my life under control one way or another. I’m sure that just by getting rid of stuff it will reduce the stress in my life and make each day go a little more smoothly. It may take a couple years to actually get through it all. I can only do so much at a time. This body doesn’t cooperate to work a full day anymore.
That is my Tuesday Talk Time folks. All about me and setting goals to make an already difficult life just a little easier. Have wonderful week and I’ll try to get back to the regularly scheduled blog posts for Mondays and Fridays sometime after the beginning of the New Year.