Productivity and Organizing Tip of the Week
Ode to a Suit – Letting Go Is Hard
waiting for pick up
I spent some time in our storage room on Sunday getting rid of stuff. My business wardrobe from the ’80′s is now sitting on the front stoop waiting for pick up from the Vietnam Vets (www.ScheduleAPickUp.com).
Sunday morning I wasn’t aware that those suits were even in my home. Today I’m sad. It is the end of an era (NO ELLEN – that era was over long ago – no respectable women feels like they have to dress like a man today). But, I’m highly confident that tomorrow I will have forgotten that those suits have moved storage locations. I have a picture of my favorite navy suit – I wore it for a photo shoot for a hotel I managed – it’s in the brochure. That’s much better.
Goodbye skis I bought before Alex was born (soon to be 21), I’m sure you’re not safe anymore. Pack ‘N Play that I kept in case someone needed one…I suspect your not safe anymore either – but I’ll leave that up to the experts to decide. So long work bins I’ve evolved out of…it’s time for you all to go back to the universe and to someone who can really use you.
Ellen Delap (www.professional-organizer.com) posted a great Psychology Today article earlier this week about what happens to the brain when we let go of something. Letting go activates the part of the brain that is tied to identity…like you are giving away a part of yourself. Author Kelly McGonigal Ph.D. talks about how to strengthen your willpower and separate. (And for my NAPO colleagues – it’s very cool that both experts sited in this article were our keynote speakers at NAPO2013).
Interesting…I already feel better with my stuff out of the house – but it did sting for a second.