I am not a big fan of the New Year’s resolution. I think it sets me up early on for disappointment in myself because I tend to let my big plans (No more dessert! Save $1000 dollars! Cut down all the brush in the back yard!) fall by the wayside pretty quickly, and then I’m left with well, hell, that didn’t last but a day and a half.
So I generally pick something small and manageable that won’t really impact my life if I fail to follow through.
One year it was that if a pen didn’t write, I would not scratch it on the paper or shake it or heat it with a match to try to get five more sentences out of it, I would just merrily toss it in the trash instead of put it back in the pen cup. That ended up saving me a lot of time rummaging around, and I still do it.
Another year it was that I don’t go to co-ed showers. I just don’t. I’m single and I’m not going to drag some man along just so I’m not the only unattached person there. It’s miserable if I am unattached, so I just don’t go to them.
Then there was the year that I decided if there was valet parking, I was taking it. I am a person who is convinced her car is going to be towed.
I have been to the tow lot with other people who have had their cars towed, and it is an hours-long pain in the ass to get a car back. I would like to avoid it if at all possible. I will pay the $5 or $7 or however much it is to eat my dinner without the anxiety of knowing I’m going to making a visit to the tow lot, which I will know has been dropped by a crane into a space too small for it, after it has been ransacked by only the good Lord knows who.
Right after Christmas 2012, I read an article about decluttering the mind and the home. One suggestion was to run the dishwasher every night. That seemed a bit muchly at first, but my dishwasher has top rack only mode – a feature that was on my list when I was dishwasher shopping, because dirty dishes cooped up in a dishwasher are smelly by the time you run it if you’re the only one making dirty dishes.
Now. I hate unloading the dishwasher. And I hate to hear the dishwasher running. So every night before bed, I set the delay function (on my obviously very fancy dishwasher) and go to bed. When I get up in the morning, it takes about two minutes to unload what I washed the night before.
And what do you know? My kitchen is less cluttered because my countertops and sink are clean and clear, and my mind is a little less jangled
I save my big resolutions for my birthday, which is coming up. These are some that I have made in the past:
1. I no longer eat with people I don’t like.
2. I no longer sleep anywhere I’m not guaranteed at least a full-length sofa.
3. I can’t because I don’t want to.
4. I can get along with anybody, as long as I know what I can expect from them.
I don’t know what I’m adding this year. Maybe that I will no longer try to make sense to people who are unwilling to entertain the idea that more things are right than just the things they think.