Looking at the bright side

A rainbow outside our house! If you look closely, you might be able to see that it is a double.

 And here is one more where it sort of looks like our house is at the end of the rainbow:

I'm just going to go with this as a symbol of hope for my house. OK? Good.

 I was talking to my friend and fellow blogger, Kimberly today about how things keep getting in the way of my decluttering progress.

Today I spent a huge chunk of time dealing with a pharmacy, a health insurance company, a dental insurance company, an HR dept., and a dental office. (I’m sure some of you are cringing with me.) Most of this was over the phone during my prime time for getting things done: nap time. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but it had to get done and figured out.

There might have been a touch of discouragement and complaining. Maybe a hint of it.

Well, my wise friend said something like, “Well I think that’s great! Look at all the stuff you got done!” She totally turned around my perspective! I had been looking at it as wasted time, but really I was actually being productive and getting things done!

And then instead of feeling discouraged, I felt encouraged and motivated to get more things done! Sweet!

And if you are wondering about my paper sorting progress…there’s progress…stay tuned.

How are you finding the bright side in things lately?

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9 Responses to Looking at the bright side

  1. I know what you mean. Those phone calls can be so time consuming and even emotionally draining. But they can also be income generating (or prevention of income drainage :D )

    As for me, an angel came to my house today and I have my desk back. Hope to blog about it soon.

  2. mr. rss

    You are making great progress and serving/loving our family well!
    -Mr. RSS

  3. I love the photo of your house at the end of the rainbow!
    And,Wow! I am glad God used my comment to encourage you!
    Keep up the great work, my friend! ;)

  4. Theresa

    Just saw this over on Small Notebook’s blog and thought of you. It’s a link to all her articles on dealing with paper clutter. Rather than bore you with mine (a stranger you don’t know, but I do know the Frugal Girl), this is in small chunks. http://smallnotebook.org/blog/

  5. WilliamB

    I would characterize what you’re finding frustration, not as “not getting things done” because you are – just look at that list you got done during naptime – but as “not getting capital jobs done.”

    I split house-based work into current and capital. Current work is what needs to be done on a constant basis: dishes, paying bills, yardwork. Capital work is work that needs to be done either very infrequently or only once: writing a will, finding a new doctor, major house projects such as clearing out the office.

    So it’s legit to be frustrate that you couldn’t work on the paperwork, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t get anything done.

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