What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)
- Half-finished quilts, scarfs, and sweaters. I plan to make a commitment to regularly work on them with a goal of completing something each month.
- Junk mail. It piles up. I’m going to keep a box or bag right by the mail so I can immediately toss it. I’m also going to deal with the real mail so it doesn’t add to the pile.
- Negative people. Mostly I don’t listen. (Unless I have to, in which case I will try to help people reframe their stuff. Or look at them and contemplate how I would sketch them.)
- Clutter. My husband would make this # 1. I’ve begun to get rid of stuff and I’m going to do more.
- Shoes I don’t wear or bought because they were on sale or the right size or that just aren’t comfortable. (I would add pantyhose to this but, thankfully, I wear them so infrequently that I have pretty much gotten rid of them.)
- Ditto for clothes I don’t wear. For both – give away, recycle, toss!
- Unread email. Delete, delete, delete. And unsubscribe from emails and lists I don’t read.
- Photos just dumped on the computer and ignored. There are so many on-line services to make photo books. Fun, fun, fun.
- Worry. I like to remind myself of a phrase one of my colleagues gave me – “What’s the worst that can happen?” When I think about it, the worst is never all that bad. (And I don’t think it’s because I lack imagination. My most far-fetched scenarios usually make me laugh.)
- Obsessing over the paperwork I’m still finishing, the letter I haven’t written, the book I haven’t finished. I remind myself of the wise words of a former co-worker: “Don’t beat yourself up.”
- Lists like this.
Getting rid of all these things will lighten my life and create the space to do things I want to do, see the clothes I want to wear, and let me focus on the things that are really important.