It seems like yesterday I was 50 and newly registered with AARP. Fast forward to today: My phone is ringing off the hook with calls to enroll me in a Medicare supplemental plan. Whether I am 50 or on the cusp of Medicare eligibility, I believe that keeping active is an important part of thinking young and staying healthy.
My family, friends and clients motivate me to keep moving and “use it or lose it.” (Sorry I can’t credit this quote to any one person, per my Google search.) Some mornings, joints are stiff or achy, but I get up and out. There is work to be done and homes to be organized.
Last summer when our son Jason announced his engagement to the love of his life, Emily, my husband turned to me and said something very unexpected: “I want to take dance lessons so we can shake it up on the dance floor at Jason and Emily’s wedding!” And who was I to disagree? Yes! Yes! Yes!!!
Don did some research on the internet, made a few phone calls and found a studio who could accommodate our request. From the first moment we walked through the doors of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Montclair, I felt joy. “Fly Me to the Moon,” sung by Frank Sinatra, was playing and I got in the mood immediately. My face went into a big grin that lasted throughout the entire dance evaluation.
Our evaluation was handled by their professional staff, with no judgment of our skills, just lots of enthusiasm and high fives. We knew after the evaluation that we were committed and signed up for a package.
Now, when I walk through the doors of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and hear the music, I feel joy in its purest form. Sometimes we step on each other’s feet, miss a beat or begin the steps too soon. It does not matter. What matters is I spend a couple of hours in my husband’s arms moving around the dance floor with a smile on my face.
You may be thinking, what does this have to do with organizing and decluttering? That is a very good question. My answer is…get out of the house and do something active. Get away from the stress of the clutter. Go into your closet and choose something to wear, even if it means removing the tags. Now is the time to get use out of that special pair of black pants that you have been saving for a special occasion. Today is special, every day is special. Don’t overthink your choices, just do it. And once you are dressed, smile.
Take a walk around the block, go to yoga, meet a friend at the reservoir behind McLoone’s Boathouse and walk the two-mile path once or twice. Just get out of the house and enjoy the glorious outdoors. Do something physical and your body will thank you. When your heart gets pumping, your spirits soar. You will meet new people and experience the opportunity to wear clothing in your closet that has been hanging there unworn for too long. Do something fun instead of ruminating over your clutter. It will be there when you get home. And you will know when the time is right to begin the organizing process.
Every family has their foibles, everybody has their personal challenges be they financial, physical or emotional. Please don’t use this as an excuse to not live your life to its fullest. If you can’t get out of the house, turn off the television and put some music on, whatever makes you happy. I promise you that you will feel better just listening. You’ll find that you are clapping your hands or stamping your feet from your chair.
Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQR0bXO_yI8 to hear a great rendition of The Chairman of the Board singing “Fly Me to the Moon.” (Songwriter: Bart Howard lyrics © T.R.O. Inc.) By the way, the song was originally written in 3/4 time (Waltz) but changed to 4/4 (Foxtrot) by Quincy Jones.
By Eileen Bergman
Eileen Bergman is a professional organizer, a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Eileen is listed in the resource directory for the Hoarding Disorder Resource and Training Group. She may be reached at 973-303-3236
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