Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolution Customization

I've been around too long to realize cliche New Year's Resolutions such as losing weight and getting in shape don't  usually work--at least for me. You can turn over a new leaf in that area of your life at any day, time or minute of the year. I should know. I do it all the time. There will always be a gym around the corner, and a weight loss center just down the road. They are open for business year 'round and some fitness centers can be used 24/7. For those of you who are zealous about getting in shape, it's nice to know you can pump iron at 2 AM if the mood strikes you. That would never be me. I think everyone should choose a New Year's resolution by understanding what they REALLY need to change.

As I stand on the cusp of turning 55 years old (on January 21 to be exact) I think a New Year's resolution should be as unique and customized as each person's thumb print. I believe you should choose your resolution based on what has been holding you back in life for far too long. You should look at your shortcomings then face the music head on to decide how the hell you're going to fix it.

For me, I'm beginning to worry that I'm a borderline hoarder. Every time I watch that TV show Hoarders I can just picture the TV crew knocking on my door with their masks on their faces, elbow-length rubber gloves and a dumpster sitting next to my driveway for all the neighbors to see. It's one of my worst nightmares.

Rest assured, my whole house isn't a mess. It's the dark closets and the garage that are starting to look scary. When one of my cats goes missing for a couple hours, I have visions they may be trapped beneath a big ball made up of clothes, christmas lights and electrical cables. When I see those lifeless, flattened cats being pulled out of the clutter on Hoarders I shutter with horror.

That's when I realize that if I don't get my act together, I could unwittingly kill one of my beloved animals because of disorganization gone amuck. I will tell you however, I've made progress. My mother came up from Florida for Christmas and acted like a drill sargent for two days. I would tackle a mess in a corner then feel overwhelmed and head for the couch from exhaustion. She would pick away and then urge me to  come back and carry on. We got quite a bit done.

The clothes have been conquered, but now there's the papers. When I bought my new car, I lost the title to my old car in the paper pile and had to spend three hours and $25 at the DMV to get a new copy last week. Not fun. I fully understand how my disorganization brings unneeded chaos to my life.

The question is, how do I break this behavior for good? Should I see a therapist? Maybe I should go to a hypmotist. Here's a thought. Maybe there should be a 12-step program for those of us that are organizationally challenged. It could be called Clutterers Anonymous. If I could find a meeting spot, I would be the first to sign up. One thing for sure, curing my disorganization disorder is MY resolution for 2012.

P.S, Since I wrote this post, I googled Clutterers Anonymous. Lo and behold the organization is alive and well and there are meetings across the country. The closest one to me is in Greenwich, CT on Tuesday at noon. I may just drop by.

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