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Change is Hard, Change is Good

A weekly column on Fredericksburg.Today by Linda Clevenger, Organization Direct.

I remember how hard it was to move into our home because change is hard. However, change is necessary. We moved here from Camp LeJeune (Jacksonville), North Carolina, as our last tour with the Marine Corps. Moving to Fredericksburg meant so many things, including retirement (ha, right!)

Since we have been in our home for almost 23 years, my husband decided that it was time to cause a little chaos and make a drastic change. After all, everyday life can become mundane and boring, and sometimes you just need to change it up. So, we decided to make a much-needed change and remodel several rooms in our home.

I had always quietly walked away from making major changes. There are just so many steps involved in making a complete transformation of a room. As the owner of an organizing business, I work with people all the time to transform their space into a room free of clutter, efficient, warm and inviting. When it is your own project, it is SO different.

On a whim my husband (not me) decided that we would just check out a local furniture store and see “if’ we found anything that we/he liked. I knew that we needed more storage, so everything that he said made absolute sense. Here is comes – the yes, but!

Of course, I found exactly what he was looking for (super nice of me, huh)? The price was right, it met our needs, the color was good. All of the stars were lining up for us to purchase this furniture set. How could I argue with that?

So, we made the decision to transform one room at a time. Again, being the organizer, I started thinking about the process to complete this transformation. It included removing 20+ year-old wallpaper, fixing the walls, packing the items currently stored in the room, removing the furniture, and painting the walls, doors, windows, trim and ceiling. I’m sure there are things I’ve forgotten to list. In my mind, I see this as a three-week job, working on it in the evenings and on weekends. Guess what? The furniture would be delivered in two weeks!

I looked my husband in the eye and said, “I don’t think this is humanly possible.” Granted, part of me really wondered if it was going to be possible. The other part of me really just wanted to see just how bad he wanted the change.

Well, he really wanted the change because even though we had already scheduled to be out of town one weekend, we are making progress in the room. We’ve completed about half of what is necessary in order to receive the new furniture.

My point in writing this is more than acknowledging that change is hard. It’s to say that change is good. We can already feel the positive energy in the room –- and paint hasn’t even hit the walls yet! I have decided that change:

Is Hard
Is Good
Is Necessary
Is Awesome!

What can you do to change your environment? Changing your physical space will transform your mental space. Give it a try and let me know about your success!
Read Linda’s previous columns on Fredericksburg.Today.
Columns on Fredericksburg.Today are recurrent features on specific topics or by regular contributors.  Guest writers present their own point-of-view and may not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Fredericksburg.Today.

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