Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
My husband and I live in a large home with a lot of stuff. We started our marriage with just the necessities and kept adding until now. We think we’d like to decrease our inventory and downsize, but the idea is easier said than done.
A few times, we’ve seen a smaller place that we liked the looks of and became motivated to tackle some of the results of our togetherness. But, when things didn’t fall into place—we soon fell out of the habit of sorting through the ‘overload’.
Right now, we’re in a lull. We have this vague feeling like we should be doing something about it again—but there is no deadline. Not having a reason to push through it, makes delaying easier.
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We have talks about wanting to be responsible and deal with things so our children won’t have to someday, if it gets to the point that we ‘can’t’. It seems like that should be enough motivation…but not much progress has been made lately and sometimes the whole thing just seems overwhelming.
I have fantasies of going away on a cruise and hiring some people to come in while we’re gone and just take it all away. Do you ever feel like that—or am I the only one?
Fatigue is common in depression. Finding the energy and ambition to start any kind of a project is hard when you wonder how you will ever have the strength to finish it.
I work best when I set a goal for myself. Here’s an example. Years ago, we moved into a house that just had a single garage. We thought it would be great to make the original garage into a family room when we added on a new larger garage. There was a minor problem—105 neatly stacked boxes in the middle of the garage with a path around them. The mound of boxes looked more like a mountain.
I wondered how on earth we’d ever get through it all, but I really wanted that garage to be a ‘room’. I asked God to help me and He gave me a plan to break the big task down into reasonable ‘chunks’. We ended up setting a goal of five boxes a day—except for Sunday. The garage was empty in less than a month and we were ready to remodel.
I’m thinking maybe we need to set some more goals for ourselves that are attainable…like attacking one room a month for the next year??
I heard a good idea recently about a way to clean a closet. The recommendation was to take everything out, and then put things back into the closet according to your preferences until the closet is as full as you’d like it to be—and then get rid of all the rest of the stuff.
My cousin has another great idea about her closet. At the beginning of a new year, she turns all of her hangers around backwards on the clothes bar. After she has worn something, it goes back in the closet with the hanger in the ‘normal’ position. At the end of the year, it’s easy to see the things that weren’t worn at all. Those items get pulled out and put in a yard sale or donated.
Even though it’s hard to face de-cluttering or downsizing, any task you are able to complete will bring you a sense of accomplishment…which is a very positive feeling. Getting through something you’ve been putting off will be a major relief.
When I’m able to finish something I’ve put off for a long time, I often reflect that I spent more time dreading the job than it actually took to do it.
It would be interesting to know what kind of effect the anxiety that is produced from procrastinating has on our body chemistry. As difficult as it is to work our way through undesirable ordeals—the pleasure we feel when the job is done can be exhilarating.
What have you been putting off? How could you break that burden down into attainable episodes that would make it possible to manage?
Declaration: I will find new strength by asking God to give me a plan to finish a project I have been putting off.
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