Saturday, December 31, 2011

Careful What You Pack

“It’s a new year…careful what you pack”.  I’ve had that line from They Might Be Giants in my head the last few days.  I’m no good at culling things, both material baggage and the personal kind.   My husband and I have been recently been doing quite a lot of packing and moving, trying to be thoughtful about what we bring into our new lives in our new home.  The items we were debating keeping when we moved here from North Carolina were the ones that got the axe this time.  Now, a new group of iffy possessions for us to argue their value has been created.  It’s dangerous to make decisions about what to keep and what to part with when you are making such a transition.  It is all too easy to trash something if it means you don’t need to box it up and move it; and while I know that they are just “things,” regret sometimes follows the loss of them.  I think it is the same with personal baggage.  Careful what you pack, but also what you let go of.  It’s easier for me to clean the proverbial closets from 2009 and 2010 than it is for me to start on 2011's.

Ah, but now it is time to face the music.  It’s Resolution Time.  Mine are as follows:
  1. Get healthier/lose weight – This one is always on my list.  Last year I managed to make some headway, but I definitely have taken a few steps back these past two months.
  2. Organization! – In home, time, and money matters.  I’ve looked at organization and routine as dirty words.  I think I have been trying to convince myself that I’m a free spirit who thrives on the unknown, but it’s more likely that I have just been lazy.  The truth is that the unknown stresses me out, and both I and my family would do better with a little more structure.
  3. Read more
  4. Get something going on – This one is going to remain vague for some time, but I need to figure something out. 

Happy New Year everyone!  Have a fun (and safe) time tonight, whether you are going out to party, or having a quiet celebration at home.

1 comment:

  1. This is so true. I go through feng shui attacks when the house feels too cluttered and just start donating and throwing away. Moving every few years forced us to get rid of so many things I regret parting with now. My advice is to take your time and don't make any sudden movements, but also...don't hold onto underwear with holes :-) Happy New Year! Love ya!