I just wrote about my struggle to adjust my thinking about projects vs. progress.
There are still a few odds and ends in there, but they are things I want to keep.
Okay, second case of storage-space-denial. My coffee table is an old sea-chest. I love that thing and it’s been with me since college. It is huge and is great storage . . . except that I only open it once a year or so when I need it for a play or a monologue or something.
So a few weeks ago, I needed it. I looked inside and found all of the many things that have been stored there . . . for years. But if you had asked me where any of that stuff was, I would have had no idea.
So today I took it out. There were games to go in the above cabinet. Some things were total junk destined for my own garage sale. Some of it was stuff I’d like to have out and displayed. So I moved things to better places, and decided to use the chest for extra blankets, and only extra blankets, so that hopefully I’ll remember to look there when I need one. My linen closet is always in a shambles, even after my wonderful mom just organized it for me when she was here while we went on the cruise. So I decided it couldn’t hurt to remove the big and bulky blankets from the linen closet and give them a new home. Now the chest is almost completely full, and since it’s winter, most of our favorite blankets are on beds right now. When it’s time to store them, I’ll have to analyze whether or not the ones in the chest should be put in the garage sale. I get overwhelmed with those kinds of decisions, especially concerning the red and blue throw that my husband’s grandmother knitted, but which doesn’t match anything we have.
And last, but not least, is something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. I get completely overwhelmed by all of the piles of papers that “might” be important, so I hesitate to throw them away. Then when it turns out that one item really was important, I have to search through all of my piles to find it.
I have no idea what the best way to organize this box would be. So I just decided to create a file for bills to be paid, another one for paid bills, and then files labeled A-Z. I’m going to put tax stuff under T and hope that whatever logic my brain comes up with for filing something is the same logic it comes up with when I need to find it. It has to be better than random piles!
Oh, and I also took stock of my pantry and fridge-freezer. I haven’t braved the cold of the garage yet to check the deep freeze, so there will be a lot more in there. I came up with 10 complete meals just from what I have, and three or four more that only need one or two ingredients. So hopefully I can actually stick to the 50$ per week budget. The budget is just for things to round out what we already have, and for basics like milk, fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, etc.
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