|This is where I am supposed to go in my head when I get nuts...just saying.|
So the news is good...Jane Davis my organizing guru returned today. And lets just say she was thrilled. May I repeat that? Thrilled.
I don't think you are grasping the enormity of this....a woman who understands organizing, considered my efforts and deemed me a success. Gasp!!
She confided that she didn't think I would do it...or could do it. Not sure which one she chose. Any way I cleaned out 5 drawers of stuff....going through it was like rings on a tree. I found things I hadn't even thought about for years. It was interesting and it took 3 days. I am not happy with how slowly I churned through it, but slow and steady wins the race, right? I threw out tons of written things that are easily found on the computer and realized no one needs that many pencils. I discovered tape, paste and dry erase markers have a shelf life and I spent half a day looking at ancient pictures.
I also found 13 cents.
Then I tackled the book shelves. They really are just a big scrap book. Besides my books, which take up a lot of room, I have all my families pictures on top of them to the side of them and in front of them.
It's a good room.
I only got rid of books I had already read or just didn't need, for instance why do I have a 1984 writers manual?
My desk was heaped....and for some reason that took forever. Getting organized has it's hiccups. I would walk around it, like it was a waste dump. It felt toxic. That took forever. But then I found some ways to have some fun with it, I cleared off several shelves next to my desk, and then just sat there. What do I need? That has been my problem, if I need scissors I have to hunt for them....and stamps....post its...the only thing that was right where it always is is the scotch tape. So I put everything next to the scotch tape and promised myself I would put everything back where I found it. Maybe I could velcro it to the shelf.
This is right next to my chair...it is still intense, but handy. The printer is on the bottom, above that a 3 tier paper organizer thing, my calendar, all the office supplies I need. And they won't move from this spot. I found a small silver cup to put stamps in. A basket for the post it notes, a container for all the computer things... a shelf for the calculator, pictures of my kids, and a magnifying glass. And it was my goal to find the most unusual containers I could find...all around my house.
My pens are in one place, my calendar.....a fun little desk container for my notes. I feel so much more confident and capable. I have a stack of books to trade or give away and 4 count them 4 empty drawers.
Jane gave me my next assignment, separating bills. I told her my avoidance problem, my finances are weak so bills make me apprehensive...but if I incorporate the wisdom of my dear friend Valerie, we attract what we fear. Attracting poverty seems counterintuitive, so I plunge ahead.
She is going to find a form for mileage...caterers drive a lot
Date the receipts.
Clear out the file cabinet, since it is filled with files 5 years old it is as helpful as the 4 huge drawers of "stuff".
Now I have room....
I really don't want to be like those people on hoarders, they get their homes organized and then they go right back to how they were before.
So I have the queen to watch over me and make sure I don't slide.
She is a gift from my friend Betsey who knows I need someone with authority to keep me in line. So she stands next to my computer and waves at me. Her purse has a solar power thing on it.
The Queen would never tolerate clutter.
I will be good.....