Alas, I have given up.
The good fight is over.
Best efforts to remain clutter blind have failed.
Paper overwhelm has won the day.
Ever since hearing the clear cut message ahead, not back, is the way forward,
paper has been in my face.
I can’t ignore it anywhere.
Just knowing a box contains paper, properly filed or not, it appears three times its size.
There’s no missing it –
Moving forward isn’t enough.
Clearing out the past is part of the process too.
You can’t carry a lot when the baggage is left behind.
So decide well what you really, really want to take with you.
No more might need it some day.
You do or you don’t.
It sounds ruthless.
Because it is.
Deciding is not for the feint of heart.
You have to be willing to hold on to let go.
Give meaning to one thing more than another.
Have an opinion.
Take a stand.
What do you really need going forward?
How heavy a load are you able to carry? For how long?
What in the end do you take with you?
The literal and figurative facets of the questions arising hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Baby steps have been taken.
The first box of paper that collected undealt with tidbits paved the way.
Trade ads needed for a house we no longer have.
Medicine tracking charts for cats who are no longer with us.
Thoughtful gift cards from Christmases past (and thankfully without an expiry date).
Each piece was acknowledged, considered and decided upon.
The weight of previous indecision lifted, if only by the tiniest, but noticeable bit.
It’s a cumulative effect.
And momentum building.
There’s a clarity that builds as to what should stay and what can be let go.
“Pay. Attention,” the paper demanded on behalf of all things past.
Time to move on.
(Because we’re going to whether you’re ready or not.)