As I was clearing up after today’s project, I wondered why I’ve managed to stick to this resolution when so many have gone to the wayside long before the 9-day mark (tell me I’m not alone in this!). Then I worked it out – it’s because I’m cheating! I don’t mean I’m lying about having done a ReJanimate task every day, or that I’ve faked photos or anything like that (surely nobody would fake a photo of an airing cupboard?), but in the way that Amazon cheats. No, silly, I’m not a multimillion pound tax-dodger, (topical!) but in they under-promise and over-deliver.
You see, basically, what I wanted my resolution to be was to sort my entire life out from top to bottom – every piece of paper filed and alphabetised, a spreadsheet to keep my cutlery sorted, a pyjama schedule to make sure J never wears the same pair twice in a week, that sort of thing. Like those blogs where people have only one colour of clothes pegs and keep them in a cunning, ribbon-bedecked jar, rather than handily scattered all over the lawn like I do.
But you don’t make that resolution. That’s nuts. You’d never achieve it and every moment you weren’t stitching an uber-caddy to keep your iPod, kindle and tablet caddies in you’d feel you were failing.
ReJanimate lets you set your sights way low, on the other hand, and feel very pleased when you do more!
Today I just set myself the task of emptying a little basket we had and redistributing the contents. Done. Easy. Energy to spare. So I took the basket downstairs and used it to store the crayons, paper and sticker books in the side board. Then I stacked the photo albums neatly, threw away some old paperwork and boxes, sorted out the place mats and coasters and dumped a load of paper in the recycling. By the time I got to the drawers, though, I’d had enough, so in stopped. Am I going to get annoyed with myself for not doing the drawers? Hell to the nizzle, I was only going to empty that one basket! I’ve kicked ass this evening!
And that, my friends, is how to cheat your way to success.
And here are my cupboards:
January 9th: rejanimated sideboard cupboards.