Thinking Vs. Doing

Today was a good ‘thinking’ day. If I was grading myself, I’d get an A-.

It was not a good ‘doing’ day. After work I did a whole lot of nothing. My neighbor was interested in seeing some fabric that was stored in the attic, so I went in to find it, planning to return and declutter some more later on. But it was oppressively hot, so I didn’t go back.

Instead of choosing an alternate activity, I didn’t do anything. So I get a D, for degenerate, displeasing, dreadful. All afternoon I felt guilty because I didn’t do anything productive, but it wasn’t a motivational type of guilt. I scheduled a donation pickup for tomorrow, and I have a good amount of stuff ready to go, but after I post this I may try and add a few more things.

A dent, however small, has been made.

A dent, however small, has been made.

So here are today’s deep thoughts:

My first Project 333-related epiphany: I’m not allowing myself to ever buy clothing again unless I try it on. Even though I didn’t come across many things to donate, most of the things I chose to give away were clothes I bought without trying on. Even though everything fit, it didn’t necessarily look good. A total waste of money. I buy a lot of clothes online and very rarely try things on.

Keeping stuff for my kid: There are quite a few books which I bought for Emma before she was born, thinking they would be books we’d read together, making them special to her. And for the most part, she doesn’t care about those books. We have the memories of sharing them, but over the years other books have become special to her. Yesterday we did some work in her room and I let her sort through her books (again) and I’m finally ready to let go of the books she doesn’t want to keep. It’s been an interesting experience to see which books became her favorites.

Clothesline Snags: The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of drying clothes outside when the weather permits. But I don’t know where I’m going to put it. Our yard is small and shady. We’re about to fence in a good sized section of the yard for the dogs, and that area would also be the best place because it gets good sun, but if something falls off the line it may end up in dog mess. I’m sure a solution is out there, I just need to find it.

New storage: I love our new storage piece. I began storing Emma’s art supplies in one of the drawers, and put some books on the shelves. You can see where she’s added some touches and of course no new furniture can come in without almost immediately attracting a pile of papers. Chalk paint is my new favorite thing, so I’m going to paint this soon.


So for the rest of the week I need to do more and think less. I am list-less at the moment, which is never a good thing. There are so many things to do and not writing them down really decreases the likelihood that they will get done. I need to list Emma’s toy kitchen for sale (at her suggestion) and putting lots of stuff on Freecycle. Those will be first on the list.