With apologies to Laura Joffe Numeroff.
If you give away two old sweatshirts,
you’re going to have space
to store your favorites.
When you look in the drawer
you’ll also remember that you still own them (“oh, hey…!”)
You’ll pick up the blue one and think,
“I could wear that to the gym today.”
And then you’ll actually go to the gym, because you were able
to find both the nice blue sweatshirt
and a clean pair of socks.
At the gym, you’ll lift some weights,
and maybe run three miles for good measure.
When you hop off the treadmill, you’ll run into your doctor
who reminds you that you need to reschedule
the appointment you missed two weeks before.
You'll get back to your car, and you’ll open your planner
and call for a new appointment.
When you look at the calendar,
you’ll also see that you have a lunch date set with your mom.
You would have forgotten, but now you can go (sushi!).
When you get back from lunch,
you’ll probably want to take a nap.
You’ll see a pile of books and papers on the couch,
which are in the way.
Most of the paper is probably trash and
most of the books fit on the shelf.
You’ll take a few minutes to sort it all
With the recycling bin
and a box for giveaways close by.
When you clear the couch you’ll stand back to look at it.
Looking at the couch will remind you that often,
it’s not as tough to declutter as you imagine it might be.
You’ll take your nap.
When you wake up you’ll remember
how nice it was to have a clear space.
And chances are, if you remember that...
you’re going to go into your closet
and give away some more sweatshirts.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, and serial list-maker. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?