Sunday, January 4, 2015

Now It Begins


If the truth be told, there was a time when I thought I might be the only one who approached their New Year's Resolutions with a somewhat tilted schedule. In other words, everything shifts into high gear on a Monday morning regardless of the day of the week that  January 1 lands on. Today is D-day.

Is it any wonder that Monday now has a bad rap? We've done it to ourselves. I say "we" because I now know that nearly everyone who gave any thought to a resolution is starting down that new-and-improved-me path on Monday, too. Turns out, I'm not alone - not by a long shot. We're all digging in with intense determination and absolute assurance that this will be the year we wipe out all the items on the list. By this time next year, we will have run out of improvements...we'll be dang new perfect, if our actions are fruitful. How could we not be?

"Hope springs eternal" is a direct result of some optimistic resolution maker in rose-colored glasses. I can't fault anyone, though; I do the same thing. Every. Stinking, Year.

What's different this year? Well, I'm on a minimalist binge to purge myself of a metric ton or more of "stuff." That's the first time downsizing officially appeared on my resolution list. I'm tired of stuff. When you start to see your personal abundance as a burden, it's time to pass it on to someone who would appreciate it - even if it's only the trash man who values it because of the job security that comes with picking it up weekly.

One of my friends once said that if they looked at anything in my house and complimented it, I would give it to them. If that is so, how do I still have so much stuff? There's a lifetime of knickknacks, books, papers and pictures that are creeping into my personal space. 

Even more irritating, a significant portion of the items need dusted way too often. Maybe I have a lazy streak developing, but I'm determined to minimize wherever possible and less dusting sounds like a bonus. 

Monday is here...it's on.

[So, tell me: what is on your resolution list and did you wait for Monday to start it? Are you picking something up or putting it down?] 



20 comments:

  1. Good evening, dear Cherdo!

    It's me/I, the new and improved, aspartame-free Shady Del Knight, the 65 year old fruitcake of blogging.

    Looks like one of your resolutions is to stay ahead of schedule by publishing Monday's post on Sunday night! :)

    I always feel lighter, freer and happier when I clean out my closets and get rid of stuff. The problem is I can't persuade Mrs. Shady to get with the program. She's a hoarder and I told her so. (Helpful hint - be careful to pronounce that word correctly when arguing with your spouse.) I look forward to downsizing but she feels the need to add on. Fortunately we have worked out an arrangement whereby I throw away all my things and she keeps all of hers and continues to buy more. It's sheer bliss!

    You wrote:

    << One of my friends once said that if they looked at anything in my house and complimented it, I would give it to them. >>

    Gosh, what happens if your friend compliments Coco or your hubzam? :)

    Hey, I'm not going to bed for another hour, so if you'd like to publish your posts for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I can reply to them all before I turn in and we'll have the whole week wrapped up in one night! :)

    Happy Sunday night, dear friend Cherdo, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Bwahahahaha....I hit "publish" instead of "save"... yeah, somethings can't be undone.

      I think men downsize easier than women. Maybe it's that hunter/gatherer versus nester thing. Women are always feathering the nest and saving things. One day soon, I'll do a post about my husband's approach to minimalist decorating when I first saw his apartment; barely dorm level.

      Since I'm so caught up that I'm ahead of myself (smirk), I'd best get going on these resolutions!

      Have a great week, Shadykins!

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  2. My New Years resolution is to give up black tar heroin.

    ...There, done! Wow, that was easy.

    I wish I could give up "stuff." The problem is that I live in a house that used to belong to my brother-in-law and he left all of his "stuff" (I'd rather call it something less sophisticated) behind with the promise he'd come back to get it. That was 5 years ago. I think that I'm just permanently stuck with it. Good luck getting rid of your own stuff!

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    1. You know, my post would look much more impressive if I just listed all the things that I never did in the first place and saved myself from having to give up later. Just think of all the expensive habits I never took up in the first place. No more golf and jet skiing for me! I'm not going to Europe this Christmas! No more yellow diamonds! Especially the multi-carat rings; that is a habit I really need to break.

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  4. I don't believe in revolutions. Anarchy is not the way to go.

    Oh. Resolutions. I don't believe in those, either.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. If you'd have a revolution against revolutions, and make a resolution to do so, we'd still be in synch.

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  5. I just tend to start things as soon as I think of them, I don't wait for new year. Want to start a new diet? Do it now! Want to read more? Just pick up a book!

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    1. I'll agree with that approach, but then the resolutions are just the "do it now" items that were pushed to the back of the list. They get their own special hoo-rah. ;-)

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  6. I resolve to wake up January 1st, 2016.
    Fingers crossed.

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    1. Don't wimp out on this one, Al. ;-)

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  7. Today is also my D-Day. I posted my first blog post of the year today. I usually don't post on Mondays but I have a new schedule and will be posting 3 times a week. Oh boy! Haha!

    Good luck with that purge. ;)

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    1. Go, Chyrs, go! This is me cheering on your efforts for 2015!

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  9. I make the same resolution every year-to make no resolutions:) I would like to stop adding more fat to my fat but chocolate keeps getting in the way of that. I want to de-stuff my abode but my hubby keeps taking things back and placing stuff in the basement...where it stays...in a box.....ugh. I want to organize my papers much better and will do this but I hate time constraints because I will rebel against my own time management system. Ooooh I am such a rebel

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    1. You're stuck in that circle...no resolutions...I resolve that I'll have absolutely no resolutions...dang, that's a resolution!

      Go ahead and be a rebel - but not a loner!

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  10. I was going to start my diet on the 1st, but someone pointed out that no New Year's resolution diet begins until the first Monday of the year! I decided that sounded good and had a great weekend of freedom! Today isn't as much fun, though...

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  11. Cherdo, I don't have a list this year. I'm picking up some great advice from fellow bloggers like yourself about clearing out stuff and eating health, etc. So I'll just glean the best advice and try to apply it!

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  12. I always do a list of goals each year. I also do a vision board. I actually like the vision board better.
    R

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  13. I never really make them, but in recent months I've made an effort to stop being critical and judgmental of others and myself. Also I plan on putting together a new vision board as the screensaver for my laptop as well. Happy New Year!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo