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Think Write Thursday

The Think Write Thursday prompt for February 16, 2017 is to write about something you’ve been putting off doing. We all have those tasks, projects, phone calls and more that we find excuses to avoid. What are you procrastinating about? And why? And, finally, how are you going to address it?

I’ll tell you plain – I am not much of a procrastinator. I think it’s easier to stay on top of things than to catch up and, generally, I am pretty good about doing tasks that need to done. This is especially true of regular tasks at work and at home, things  like payroll and submitting bills for payment, grocery shopping and planning meals, going to the post office and such. You get the idea. When it comes to the bigger stuff or the stuff that gets done less frequently, I’m not as punctual. I still get things done before they are due but, for example, I put off filing my Kiwanis secretary reports (they are done) and I often wind up submitting the library’s annual statistics to the state at the last minute, which (inconveniently) is always right before my summer vacation.

But today’s assignment is to write about something I’ve been putting off and I’m going to share my deep and dark and dirty secret. My closet is a mess. It’s been 7 years since we installed new hanging racks in there and, as you can see, it bears little resemblance to how it looked on the day I wrote this post. Now there are shoes and bags on the floor again. Those bins and shelves are overflowing. There are clothes in there that we don’t wear. There’s a yoga mat and a camera bag and I don’t even know what else taking up space.

The assignment says I also have to say why I’ve been putting this off. I’ll tell you why. It’s a pain in the ass. Everything has to be taken out and examined and evaluated. It makes a big mess and I hate big messes. And it’s something that Dale and I need to do together and, while we’re great at cocktails and snacks together, when it comes to organizing and cleaning we have very different styles. As in, my way is right and his way is wrong. Nevertheless, it needs to be done and I know that once it is done I will feel so much better and will spend less time putting things away because there will be room again.

The final part of this post is to explain how I’m going to address the problem. This is the part I’m truly hesitant to write about because once I tell you I’m going to do it I’m going to actually feel very obligated to do it. And the right time to do it is this weekend because we have a new mattress and box spring coming and it just seems like a clean and organized bedroom closet is part of taking possession of new furniture. As in, everything should be neat and tidy and ready.

So there you have it. I’m going to clean out my closet before Saturday.

This is so not where I saw this post going.

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  1. Yeah. Setting a deadline and making myself accountable . . . is the only way I get those nagging little “life things” finished. And you’re right. You’ll feel great when your closet is neat and orderly. Good luck! XO

  2. It’s a shame we don’t all live closer to one another so we could do and/or help with those despised tasks. Cleaning out the closet doesn’t sound so bad to me, and I would gladly do it for you. Sadly, you would have to paint my dining room. 🙁

  3. Ugh! I do not like those messier before it’s better jobs. I do not like them on a plane. I do not like them on a train. I do not like them, Sam I Am.

    I’ll be cheering for you from here while I ignore my junky guest room.

  4. …And, Good Luck to ya! I know -oh so well- exactly what you are facing and feeling! But, you will prevail…I just loved the ending of your post, having been/currently being there now … Enjoy your newly tidied up closet and sleep well!

  5. It takes motivation and you’ve found yours! You’ll be so happy in the end, and it’s a great time to clean out & organize a closet — spring will soon be here!!

  6. Clearly, you are inspiring us. And a messy closet is a great place to start the anti-procrastination movement!

  7. The only way anything gets done is something (like new furniture) pushes us, pins us in the corner, and forces the issue. Nothing has pushed me to address my downstairs pantry (as yet). Good luck! You’ll love the cleaned out closet!

  8. Oh my-I can so relate to each and every word! Nothing like having something delivered to get a little motivation, right! This is a great post topic, and since I have a 3 day weekend, I’m inspired to “get ‘er done”!

  9. Ha! Now you’ve done it….can’t wait to see the clean closet on Monday’s “weekending” post!! 🙂

  10. OH, Carole, I feel your pain. If you only had to organize it, it would be a breeze, but that decision making thing is so humbling. Like Margene, I have a pantry that calls my name on a daily basis, and I only cleaned it out about six months ago. What can I say? I am a slob. Good luck, you’ll be so pleased when it’s over.

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