One of my excuses involved stuff I was going to give away---like the Bibles I was going to mail to a place in Florida that sends them to people overseas.....that box sat on my desk for ages......because I didn't write a note with a list of contents! I kept putting off writing the note, and putting it off....not good! I also had a coat I was going to give to charity....after I found matching buttons to sew on. Kept that coat for ages...finally pitched it. If I had been on the ball, it could have gone to someone who would have used it.
So I guess my favorite excuse is something like: I'LL GIVE IT....WHEN I GET THE PROPER ITEM(S) TO FIX IT UP, FIRST.
It's so therapeutic to know that others are going through much the SAME THING I am. I retired from one career and am starting over, so my main excuse-----in my struggling and, so far futile, attempts at "clearing the decks" to begin fresh----is "Surely I/someone will want it someday." My Depression era-raised mother taught me well. ;-)
I live right in the middle of Hurricane Katrina land and every year, hurricane season begins June 1. I am desparately trying to clear the clutter from my life both physical and emotional but I've hit a wall. It's hard to turn loose physical items when you've seen the pain in people's faces after everything they owned was washed out into the gulf. I'm in the perpetual cycle of 'it's usable, so I should keep it, just in case....' I know I'll be able to break out of the cluttered chaos that is my current life, but I'm just needing a little kick-in-the-pants to get it going.
I have to mow, or work in the garden, or get lured into the internet for hours - I won't do it 'cause my wife won't help, and the more I do, the less she does (and complains about how I do the things that I do)Why bother, it'll just get like this again. Those are a few of the favorites I'm trying to overcome. I'm just getting started, and it's a daunting task.
I'm a "but first" organizer. I'm going to file these papers, but first I have to remove the papers from the existing files and put them in recycling, but first I have to empty the recycle bin and take it to the recycling center, but first I have to clean out the back of my truck and put away my camping gear that's sitting there, but first I have to find a spot in the garage to put the camping gear so I have to move the gardening equipment to the potting bench, but first I have to move the potting bench closer to the garden, but first...
By the end of the day I'm exhausted from all the work I did in my head, but nothing got accomplished!
My number one excuse is: It's more important to have fun and do stuff with the kids than it is to have a clean house. However, in practice, it takes us an extra half hour to get out of the house because we can't find a matching pair of shoes or the car keys or my bank card or who knows what is missing that day. And during that time, no one is having fun.
my favorite excuses are many. i either get stuck in the cycle of "but first" like heather, wait until the kids go to bed (but then i'm too tired or have to work), or spend too much time examining everything i come across. like old photos for example: instead of just taking that old pack of pictures and putting them in a box to deal with as another project, i have to look through them. by the time i'm done doing that, the kids are up from nap or my husband is home from work etc...
i also have issues with my husband and the lack of help and appreciation i get from him. at the end of the day once the kids are sleeping, he's basically done for the night. he'll veg out in front of the t.v. while i do some clean-up before i log into work for a few hours followed by more clean-up. he always promises to help out "later" but never does so when i have the free time, i waste it like he does out of spite or something.