Tuesdays Unwrapped – Procrastination

I spent a good part of my day today cleaning my mini blinds.  Mini blinds are a blessing and a curse all at once.  While they do work well in blocking sun and keeping prying eyes out at night, I don’t care for them.  And quite honestly, they are really the one thing I hate cleaning. 
Which is why I spent hours that could’ve been better spent finishing up Christmas cards, or cleaning up craft clutter, or finishing Christmas decorating, or baking cookies for a cookie drop at the base, but instead…
…I was dipping my hands in this bucket with soapy water and bleach. 
Because I procrastinated.
I knew they needed cleaning back in the summer, but I didn’t do it.
I really wanted to do a deep fall cleaning before Thanksgiving and company arriving, but I didn’t make time for it. 
Now, I’m hosting a party and am thoroughly disgusted by my dusty blinds, so I’m forced to take time away from other more fun activities to do my least favorite chore.  In the middle of Christmas.  😦
And all day I’ve been thinking about how I am going to post this as my “Tuesdays Unwrapped” post because procrastination is a problem for me and sometimes it threatens to ruin my holidays if I don’t plan ahead.  
It’s where I’m at today.
Where I’m also at is finally sitting down to write this post and feeling like an idiot.
Because when I checked at the original blog where I got the idea I was reminded that I’m not just supposed to share the “lovely, messy and unexpected..”, but I’m supposed to share in a way that unwraps a special moment.
Um, folks, there’s nothing special about stressing out about the to-do’s because I procrastinated on a cleaning job.  Which has all been made worse because nothing really got done yesterday as planned, so I kind of lost those hours as well.  Plus, all day I kept thinking about how procrastination is a horrible trait when trying to lose weight, because it drags the losing process on and on when you put off sticking to the plan.
That doesn’t make for a warm fuzzy post.
However, I was reminded that procrastinating doesn’t help anything, ever.
And as I sit and ponder this post, rewriting, tweaking, etc.  I’m also reminded that everything will get done.  *deep cleansing breath*  
The house doesn’t have to be perfect for the party.  
The food is planned and will all get made on time.
About 99% of my Christmas shopping is done.
The bills are paid.
My family is safe and sound.
And…my blinds look lovely…even if the rest of the house is a mess right now.  The hard work did pay off.
‘Nite.  🙂
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5 Responses to Tuesdays Unwrapped – Procrastination

  1. This post makes me feel so much more normal. Sometimes we need the good, honest truth, even if it's a day spent in de-dusting mini blinds. (You should see my kitchen right now!) It can feel overwhelming to read so many posts where everyone sees silver linings everywhere – some day we just clean mini-blinds all day. Thank you for this, really. (And I hope you look at those mini-blinds all day tomorrow and marvel at your small, steady accomplishment and enjoy whatever tomorrow holds.)

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  2. Leah says:

    Oh, Annie!! Thank you for your comment. I feel better now as well. 🙂

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  3. Lori says:

    Yeah, unless you have a cleaning service, there are those days where you just have to do those chores that get put off and put off. I procrastinate on a lot of things because I get distracted and then forget. And then you just don't notice how bad something is until the light hits it just right LOL!

    Some of our mini blinds have a gap in them because a certain kitty goes in and out from behind them, which bends and breaks them. This is why I am glad mini blinds are cheap 😀

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  4. Erin says:

    You are amazing and I love your heart!

    Just found your blog thru the Chatting at the Sky linkup, now following via GFC and excited to read more 😉

    XO
    Erin

    sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

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  5. Meg says:

    I don't know the last time I've cleaned my blinds, oops. It's definitely easy to get stressed over the large to-do lists we always keep for our sevles, isn't it? You're right though, messy lives are really just a part of what makes us human. It's definitely important to keep a good perspective 🙂

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