Day 67: The Cost of Clutter and Procrastination

There’s a cost to not getting things done. Last weekend you will have read my blog on procrastinating about the drain issue and we ended up handing over £120 to a drain specialist!

What’s the cost this weekend?

There’s been a particular task on my to do list since around the beginning of this year, which is to put a screen protector on my daugher’s iphone. I kept forwarding the task to the next day because I didn’t know where the pack of iPhone covers were that I bought. I kept thinking that I would come across them whilst I was decluttering. As weeks have gone by I still didn’t do it because it involved looking for it in all the cluttered areas that I hadn’t sorted out yet. There were several places it could be but I never made the time to focus on it.

I could have checked a couple of drawers. I could even have ordered new ones – they are only about £4 for 2. Again, I did nothing about it.

Yesterday when we were coming out of the restaurant where we’d had a nice family dinner, I turned around after hearing something fall to the floor. There on the ground was my daughter’s iphone (face up). She looked a bit worried and I was holding my breath as she looked at her phone. There was a large diagonally crack down the phone.

All I could think about was that I hadn’t put the iPhone cover on the phone. I could have easily looked for it or ordered another pack but I didn’t.

She was angry and upset partly blaming me for not putting the cover on and partly blaming herself for dropping it.

I got in the car and accepted that it’s just one of those things. It made me think that maybe this is just the cost of the clutter. She can still use the phone but it’s going to cost about £120 to get it fixed.

So, that’s two weekends that we’ve had to fork out £120 due to procrastination.

I think I am starting to learn my lesson that I must stop procrastinating and get these things out of the way. Even though I think I’ve prioritised correctly and I’m on top of my lists, I think I’m missing something. I suppose I could call my trusted online list app a bit cluttered.

Maybe I should have spent 5 minutes looking for the screen protector and place an order if I didn’t find it.

So, today I’m quickly going to go through my lists and consider prioritising all the 5-10 minutes jobs and get around to tackling them in a more timely manner this weekend.

Until tomorrow…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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5 Responses to Day 67: The Cost of Clutter and Procrastination

  1. I always have the person at the verizon store put the cover on before I leave with a new phone, because I know I would never remember to do it. Good thinking of the list of small jobs to do when you have 5 to 10 minutes before they morph into a much larger or expensive one. This is how I came up with my cleaning schedule, takes much less time now that I do it every week.

    • Thanks, I read your reply just before we left for the town. We got it repaired and I paid the extra before we left the shop for them to put on a good screen protector.

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