Today Jamie asks:
courtesy of we heart it
"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." - M. Scott Peck
It's funny and serendipitous that this question comes up after I just finished a therapy session where I spent a large time talking about my house and the things that need to get done that I keep feeling paralyzed by. I'm so bogged down by resentment about the house situation I'm in (that originally was not of my making, but it's my own doing that I've let it go on) and so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff just taking up the house. Both my parents were pack rats. And in the past year, my sister and I have become hardcore couponers with a growing stockpile. Except it's currently all over the place and unorganized, driving the Virgo in my more than a little insane. My mother moved all her crap from place to place and now it's sitting in my sun room in boxes out the wazoo because I still haven't gone through it all. A part of it is just that there is so much and it always falls to me to do this stuff and it's not fair. Another part of it is that I feel slightly guilty that I feel no sentimental attachment to any of it. If I could legally do it without destroying the house or hurting someone, I would just set the big pile of crap on fire and call it a day. Mostly though, I think about everything that has to be done, get overwhelmed and can't focus on doing it in baby steps. Like with everything else, baby steps are a good thing to remember. Instead of trying to conquer a lifetime worth of stuff, I should focus on one section of a room at a time.
There are so many things I'd like to do for my house and not all require a ton of money (which is very tight). So my wish for my home is that it starts to feel more like a house than a prison by me taking things little by little and sorting it out. And if we could also qualify for a lower mortgage rate by refinancing, that would be great too.