Friday, July 08, 2011

Can I do it?

My oldest friend mentioned coming in for my birthday. And she'd like to stay here. In my sty. Gulp.

This gives me a little more than 90 days to get this hovel in order? Can I do it?

Here's what's in my favor:

1) My oldest friend has clutter issues, too. So I know that she won't judge my finished effort harshly.

2) It has to be done. I'd really like to get new drapes, to have the place painted, to clean my carpets. But there's so much STUFF in the way. So I can keep prodding myself by saying, "It has to be done. It simply has to be done," in order for me to get what I want.

3) I am deadline driven. I have worked on deadline for 30 years. I don't miss them. My clients never suffer, no matter what. I just have to channel that professional energy into my personal life.

If you're a regular visitor, you know all the many, many issues that work against me. It'll just make me sad to list them here.

Wish me luck!


  1. take it one room at a time...pick one where you spend most of your the living room.
    you can do this...and the rewards of having one room look and feel free of the mess will we a great high!!
    I say..."go for it girl"..."buck it up"..."get busy" Big mama is coming for an inspection!! hahaha

  2. Did you know I'm working on this very same issue? My deadline is July 15 and my therapist is going to reward me with a bottle of champagne if I get it done. The challenge is for me to clear out the clutter and invite my best friend over so we can share the champagne!

    So--go for it! We can do it!

  3. If I lived in Chicago (or close by) I'd offer to come over and help you out, but I guess I can only offer virtual moral support and suggest that you break down the big task to many many mini projects. Every day try to tackle at least one-or, at the very least, set an alarm for 15-20 minutes and just go to town.

  4. It totally helps to have someone there asking you "do you really need this? For what?" but in a loving way. I let go a ton of stuff because my friend Kim gently nudged me like that.

    Good luck! You can do it!

  5. I know you can do it. You have the skills, you have the capability. It's just a matter of motivation. Now, with a deadline, you have that, too. Go get 'em!


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