What is is about the New Year that has everybody thinking they can suddenly conquer the world? Getting in shape, organizing your house, finally getting stuff done! I’m not judging; I’m just as guilty of it as anyone else. As the end of every year approaches, I have a tendency to tell myself that I have no time for all that stuff, but will somehow, magically find time for it after the New Year. But why don’t I do it right then?
In my case, it’s because I’m your classic procrastinator. I would love to blame it on things like social media distracting me. But in truth, I have been a procrastinator my entire life, long before the words “social” and “media” were ever paired together. Not only do I insist that I have no time, and that I’ll do things “after the New Year,” but I also frequently say things like, “I’ll start fresh on Monday” or “I can do that next month” or “when the weather gets warmer.”
The irony of the fact that I am constantly telling my children to get things done now, instead of waiting till the last minute, is not lost on me. But when they don’t want to do their homework the instant they get off the bus, I totally get it.
So maybe I’m not the best role model. I’m constantly leaving baskets of unfolded laundry strewn about the house for weeks at a time. I let the dishes pile up in the sink, usually because I still have to unload the clean dishes in the dishwasher.
My kids ask me to do things for them
like iron their Perler bead creations, but that requires dragging out the ironing board, which isn’t in an easily accessible place since I never iron (but that shouldn’t surprise you given what I just told you about how I do laundry).
These Perler beads were supposed to be in the shape a vehicle of some sort, but it sat for too long and someone knocked all the beads off. So now it’s a pile of Perler beads that will most likely sit in this exact spot for several months.
Here is yet another example – the cardboard tube pictured here holds a kick plate for the storm door it is leaning one foot away from. When we bought the new storm door, it was supposed to come with nickel hardware and a nickel kick plate to match. Instead, it came with a white kick plate. I contacted the company that made the door and they sent us a new one. That was 18 months ago. Yet here it leans in this corner. I’m not even sure that we opened it to make sure it was the correct color!
The purple ball has also been there for quite some time, even though my children have definitely played with it in the past few weeks. But in fairness to them, it’s been there so long they probably think that’s where it goes now.
That’s the way it seems to go. Unfinished projects and crap sitting around your house that become permanent fixtures and inadvertent pieces of decor, slowly fading into the background and overlooked for everything else going on in our lives. And I always say it’s because I have no time. But we all know that isn’t true.
I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I’d obviously rather spend my weekends doing fun things with my family than staying in the house, getting all of those little things done. Because the thing of it is, all those little things will never go away. When you finish one, there will be five more lined up behind it.
So from now on, instead of saying I have no time to do everything, I’m going to say that I have plenty of time, but constantly doing those mundane little things of every day life is not how I want to spend all of it. Let some of it fall to the wayside. It’ll still be there tomorrow. Or in some cases, in a year and a half.