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.
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.