Starting On A New Year and a New Me

by Venomous Kate

This year I told myself that I wouldn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions primarily because I didn’t need to. After all, I started dieting in November — just in time for the holidays. Now that I’ve lost 20 pounds (with !#*&ing more to go) and have made an hour of exercise part of my regular daily routine, it seems redundant to resolve to keep doing what I’ve already been doing.

And then I opened my basement closet in search of a blanket because it’s so freaking cold. It went something like this:

Now, one thing I didn’t expect from losing weight and starting to regain my fitness was just how much energy I’d regain. It feels as if, by seeing some success at weight loss, I’ve rediscovered my sense of purpose and my confidence that I can accomplish what I set out to do. That’s an amazing feeling.

So as stood there getting pummeled by things falling out of my basement closet, I finally came up with my resolution for 2010: this is the year that I will conquer the clutter in our Venomous Household, without relying on VH’s assistance, without telling myself that I can’t do anything until it’s garage sale-weather, without planning to eBay crap but never getting around to it.

This year — because I am sick of blogging about how sick I am of the clutter in my house — I am going to do something about the cause of my annoyance. No, I’m not getting rid of VH… I meant the clutter.

You might think I started by tackling the basement closet, but you’d be wrong. I started, instead, by ordering myself a Kindle, something I’ve been lusting after since they came out. Why start with that? Well, for one thing, because I plan to read and implement David Allen’s “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” (on my new Kindle, of course).

For another thing, well, I didn’t make a resolution about ceasing to be a procrastinator. I’m putting that one off until next year.

6 Comments to “Starting On A New Year and a New Me”

  1. AND you can convince yourself that you won’t have to ever buy another book again since you have a Kindle (love mine, by the way!), eliminating the need for further clutter!

  2. Please never stop blogging. If you do get a good price for VH on Ebay, I love to snuggle when it’s cold outside, or inside 🙂 Of course, I’ll have to get a good price for the lovely Mrs. symo. Maybe we could go together and sell them as a “matched set”.

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now. Have read all the archives and want more. You are a talented writer and make me laugh (since my ass is not off, I didn’t even try the ROTFLMO thing).

    I look forward to your updates and am sorry it is so cold where you are… maybe the global warming thing will pay off for you 🙂


  3. I have many, many books on clutter. It’s very hard to contain, though, when you have 4 people in the house who rarely leave it and two of those people aren’t old enough to read yet.

  4. That is one of the sweetest comments I’ve ever received, Symo. Thank you so uch!

  5. Oh, yeah, I know what you mean. Ever since the Big-Eyed Boy was born I’ve bought boxes and boxes of books for him. Naturally, he wasn’t in the least bit interested. Now that he is ever so slowly becoming a reader, he’s far too old for most of them.

    Hence, they’re clutter.

  6. Well, when VH learned that I bought one he just about flipped. Then he said as long as I don’t bring another book into the house, he’s fine with it.

    So, note to self: stow new books with new shoes for retrieval from minivan while VH is at work.