Sometimes making positive changes in life can be…so…hard!! Lately I feel like Sisyphus condemned to pushing a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down again.
I’ve just started my fourth week of an exercise program and while I have a bit more stamina, mostly I am sore (a lot) and see no changes. Zip. Nada. I know it’s early days, but still…would be great to see a little progress…a pound or two lost, a bit of muscle definition, looser jeans, renewed energy…something!!! Not giving up, but just feeling cranky!
And I have been struggling for months (and months) to make positive changes in my Etsy office area and get it “under control.” I get it cleared up a bit and it quickly degrades to a disaster area again with bins of listed items to go out to the garage, lots of unlisted items, shipping supplies and a desk full of papers. Like it is right now….
And unfortunately with a small house that has no basement or attic and every room in use, my desk area has been carved out of our family room.
You can see how my clutter is spoiling this room. This is NOT how I want it to be. It drives me crazy. I keep working at it, but progress is slow. I even bought some cute little canvas storage totes so I can organize my unlisted items better and speed my listing. (Actually I think I just wanted to buy these totes!!) Here’s one I’m using to corral small fabric items: ties, napkins, vintage aprons.
I’m realizing part of my problem is procrastination. After I buy things, I log the prices of all the items and may do a bit of online research, and then I pile the stuff on or under my desk for “further processing” later on. Sometimes the further processing (i.e., taking photos, listing the item and storing it) doesn’t happen for months. And in the mean time, more stuff accumulates.
Of course it would help if I stopped buying things. That’s rather the DUH part of this problem. But that’s the best part of the biz! The treasure hunt. The adrenaline rush! The part that keeps me motivated to do the rest. Can’t totally stop that. 🙂
Well, I’m going to keep working on getting caught up by setting small daily goals. But my overall goal is to get my desk area cleaned up (and beautiful) before Thanksgiving!
In the meantime, after a grueling workout today that left my legs like jello (I kid you not, I was shaky by the end), I stopped in at my neighborhood Goodwill. That was my reward! Found a few “bread and butter items:” a hand-carved wood trinket box, a tiny (like new) 1991 letter postal scale in its original box, and a handmade baby (or doll) dress of Joan Kessler for Concord Fabrics material. All sweet, good items.
How about you…what positive changes are you working on?