The point was that these things seemed easy to let go. The last 10 percent isn’t. As far as losing weight, for instance, new studies have shown that your body may actually be fighting you at that point. In creative projects, it can take a leap of wild imagination to get from “perfectly good” to awesome.
What’s left at the end of a decluttering project, the last 10 percent, is usually the stickiest items. The things we have conflicted feelings about or don’t know what to do with. It’s easier to give away clothes that will never again fit or toss duplicate photos, than to decide what to do with family heirlooms or collectibles that might have some value. Or household goods that are still useful, which we can imagine using to furnish a vacation home--someday. Such things have been left till the end because they require more decision and thought.
Another idea occurred to me about why the last ten percent is so hard. When it’s a self-improvement project, reaching our final goal means change. And change can be scary. It means having to redefine ourselves and find a new goal. We’re not the same person we were even at 90 percent; slipping back didn’t feel like such a big deal. Now we have more to lose.
But once we recognize this, it’s easier to remind ourselves that change is good. Change is what we’re working to achieve and can take us to places we never dreamed possible.
It’s still work, of course.
Today has been designated the Bluest Monday of the year. But thanks to Robin Culbertson for pointing out that there are ways to counteract it. Just go to www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1197756utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery5&d=0&w=678136
As far as today’s Endangered Species, I understand there’s a movement afoot to break the tyranny of having to wear matching socks. If you agree with that, then wear the strays in good health!