Julie Morgenstern On Preserve and Conserve … Mending Day

Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on how to finally check off all the items on your “to do” list

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Let’s do a little calculation … how many items in your house are currently “on pause” — waiting for you to find time to return, repair, restore, or fix them up in some way? You know what I’m talking about — that lovely print you bought on the streets of Paris 6 years ago awaiting a frame, the Jimmy Choos that need new soles, the sweater you bought online that you’ve been meaning to return, the printer repaired.

These untended items eat at our psyche (as unfinished chores do — guilt, guilt, guilt!), but they also whittle away at our pocketbooks. Today’s down economy has reminded us of the value of a dollar, shifting our consciousness toward getting the most of what we have, rather than mindlessly continuing to acquire. Taking care of what we already own to stretch it’s usefulness has to get factored in to our lives. It’s time to recall the habits of our agrarian ancestors and resurrect the “mending day,” a day to conserve and preserve.

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New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.

One comment so far.

  1. avatar Joan Larsen says:

    I am so far from perfect in everything I do . . . but I do have “tricks” that seem to work quite well.
    Something that can’t be worn before it is altered?  A “return” to a department store?  There are more.  To prevent them from being buried in a pile somewhere, I put them on the back seat of my beautiful car . . . and the look of clutter there alone makes me make stops on my way out to drop them off.  THAT does work.

    All right.  I have a feeling I am not the only one who has home repair jobs that you would think a husband could do well — and probably can.  But waiting for the right moment to bring out a short list and have a smile in return – well, seldom happens.  It is just not worth jobs done in small bits or not done “perfectly”.  The solution:  Handymen these days are fairly reasonable I find — but even if they aren’t – home repairs aren’t constant.  So when I am sure my husband is gone for the day or the afternoon, I arrange for the handyman – who can do anything and still give out smiles – to arrive.  He’s got the tools handy in his truck – no looking or buying – and he is swift.
    In one fell swoop, those awful annoying things that have bugged you far too long have been made to look and sound like new once again. 

    I don’t like being stuck to a schedule as who knows how I will really feel on a Tuesday?  But I play the “to do” list like a game — (OK – with a few exceptions that I have a problem dealing with – but doesn’t everyone?) — and I love to win games . . . so I am great if I think of things as challenges that I can win at. 

    Joan