Okay, you may not be able to do this task today; but, consider turning down the next invitation to an event – be it coffee or a cookout – that you really don’t want to attend.
Now, I know you may have heard the phrase that ‘no is a complete sentence,’ but just saying no can be harsh. However, don’t feel that you need to explain that you are busy (everyone is busy), or that you need to concoct another event that would interfere with the invitation.
“Thanks so much for thinking of me. I won’t be able to attend this time, but maybe we can work out something in the future.”
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Toss five pieces of paper – an old list, an out-of-date warranty, an article you tore from a magazine or printed from online, etc.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.