What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?
This is, no doubt, another of those prompts that is meant to set one soul-searching and looking for ways to improve oneself morally and ethically. Apologies in advance if you were hoping to find items such as non-organic vegetables, air travel, nuclear weapons or world poverty on my list…
1. Depression. While the experience of having been depressed at times in my life has – I am extremely fortunate to report – led to a better understanding of some things and has served as a prompt for me to address certain issues that might have caused me to feel existentially unhappier for a lot longer, it is certainly not something I “need”. I know when I’m vulnerable, and I know what I can do to avoid, counteract, distract. I’ve got better and better at dealing with it, so yes, maybe I will manage to eliminate it altogether.
2. High-heeled shoes. I’ve never been able to walk in them, they make my feet hurt, my partner doesn’t even like them, and I’ve had so many sprained ankles anyone would think I was a centipede… Though I might indulge the girly instinct by preserving one pair of high-heeled boots, the rest are going. This will free up space in my shoe cupboard and give me an excuse to buy new comfy shoes – YAY!
3. Bare walls. The fact that I had so many bare walls in this flat for so many years attests to the fact that it felt like a temporary residence, and no doubt it helped to perpetuate said feeling, too. Things have changed a lot already over the last couple of years, but there is still work to be done and a few bits of wall that are too much of a whiter shade of pale. There are some more pictures and other hangy-uppy things in the offing, so watch this space (hahaha!)…
4. Coffee grounds / stains all over the kitchen. They drive me crazy. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning them up, but just how can you eliminate them?? Giving up coffee or switching to instant are just not viable options.
5. Rubbish webmail. I’ve been complaining about the work webmail system for years – it doesn’t sync at all with what I use at work, and having to send myself copies of replies I have sent from home is tedious and feels antediluvian. I really need to get e.g. Thunderbird up and running on my home computer – this is SUCH an easy problem to eliminate and would remove a big headache from my life. That being the case, I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get around to doing this.
6. Pre-Christmas stress. Nuff said. I’m sure you can’t eliminate this unless you decide to boycott Christmas entirely and go off to a desert island (in advance of the Christmas travel rush, mind!). However, the end of the year would be infinitely more bearable if I started thinking about Christmas earlier (I am sure I have said this before, though. Every year within living memory).
7. Clutter. Probably the most cliched item on my list, but hey, who doesn’t want to eliminate it from their life? I’m working on it already – IKEA storage solutions be praised! – but there is a way to go yet and it’ll be 2011 before everything is in its intended place and whittled down to the essentials. The hoped-for outcome is that things will be easier to find and keep tidy in the long run.
8. Ready-made salad dressing. I have hardly used this at all in the last few years, so I can happily say it is just one tiny step to eliminate it entirely from my life. It’s tastier, cheaper and healthier to make your own.
9. Magazine subscriptions. Having magazines automatically delivered each week makes me too complacent after a while, and I have ceased to read them with any regularity. My tastes have changed, as have my reading habits and time available. I’d prefer to cancel the subscriptions and buy more consciously and specifically according to what I want to read, and when. I’m certain this would save money and increase the value of what I read while assuaging my guilty conscience and keeping the levels of waste paper somewhat lower.
10. New camera gear. I am determined to continue to manage with what I have, and to simply expand my knowledge of it and proficiency in using it. Taking better pictures is a much worthier and (hopefully) more satisfying aim than this lens, that gadget or whatever.
11. Lists with too many items on them. These must be eliminated and replaced by less tiring lists with fewer items on them. Life is too short, and all that 😉