I haven’t linked this in awhile, and it’s good for a laugh (the hair!), so go give this a listen to help get you in the mood for our Final Countdown! You’d think after eleven years of doing this, I wouldn’t need to do it any more, but alas, such is not the case. We’ll see what it’s like when I’m fixin’ to host the 20th annual!
And I meant to have this posted earlier in the day, but evidently, the cats had their New Year’s Eve party early, and I had some extra CAT-astrophes to clean up this morning. It’s like having unsupervised toddlers. And the poor dog is slinking around with her tail between her legs, thinking she’s gonna get blamed for something.
I sometimes have us reorganizing all our fabric, tackling all the flat surfaces, and finishing up our oldest UFO during these challenges, and while I could certainly stand to do all those things (again), I’m instead digging a little deeper this year. In fact, this is what my cutting table looks like right now, and I’m not even planning to deal with that!
What I would really love to do is take every single thing out of my sewing room, and then, with careful consideration, put back only the stuff that belongs in there, really neat and organized. But I seriously don’t have time for that. I have deadlines for January (how did that happen so fast?) So I still have to keep at my regular work schedule and do this organizing thing on the side — which could explain why I’m never done and never completely organized!
So in lieu of being able to do that, we’re just gonna take it one task at a time, even if the task seems difficult. I’m gonna start us off with the hardest task — at least it’s the hardest one for me. I’ve tried and tried, but can never get this one thing under control.
Here it is — Final Countdown Task One:
I’ve made progress, for sure, but still . . . I’ve got the piles! (teehee) Piles and piles.
A few months ago, I put up this basket on the closet door in my sewing room. It holds all the papers and patterns and notes from the projects that are currently ON my cutting table. And yes, it’s full, as is the cutting table — don’t judge! But it has helped me stop losing them in the mess, for sure.
I also bought this cubby thingie (its official name). I don’t know if I got it last year or the year before (from Amazon), but it keeps a lot of paperwork organized. (And you can see I have a serious aversion to filing!)
And then there’s this (which is a smaller pile than it used to be, if you can imagine):
And this (which is a bigger mess than it used to be):
I can’t even recall how long I’ve had this bookcase in place, but I have never been able to get it completely cleaned out and organized. This is probably going to be my biggest project for this challenge. Which also means I will have to go through all my magazines and books to determine which will earn a spot in the bookcase, which only has limited space, and which will have to go. I need to be more ruthless than I usually am, I guess. And apparently, I do a lot of shuffling papers from one pile into another, never really getting rid of the piles altogether!
I actually did work on paper organizing over the course of this year, and altho it’s a lot better than it was, it still needs a lot of work. Furthermore, I need a system to keep it in order once I’m done getting rid of the piles, or it’ll just go back to the way it was very quickly. So my very first order of business will be to finish cleaning out my filing cabinet so I can put away the things I need to keep — which in turn should help me be able to find them when I need to as well, right?
So how about you? Do you have the piles? (And no, I’m not asking about the kind that you treat with Preparation H — haha!)
Do you have a system in place to deal with the paper? I’m getting better. I’m really good with incoming mail; it’s all the “notes to self” I string around everywhere, and papers that I need to keep, and stuff I’m too lazy to file, that do me in.
Do you simply need to purge a lot of stuff? Shred, recycle, toss, file, scan and toss, put away somewhere?
I know I can’t do this all in one day, but I’m gonna at least tackle one area a day and see what I can do. We have until the 4th to finish, and even if we don’t completely finish by then, just think how much better it will be! I’m excited just thinking about that! Maybe the momentum we gain by getting started will keep us rolling to just get it completely done — I can dream!
If you need help, suggestions, specific instructions, sample system ideas, etc., I encourage you to Google “dealing with paper clutter” — you will find all sorts of web sites devoted to helping us with this problem — it’s good to know we’re not alone, right?
So now I’m off to tackle the first pile. The problem right now is: which one? Haha!
Good luck to you as you work on this one, too. And if you don’t need to work on this one, my hat is off to you — I seriously don’t know how you keep up with it.
To be eligible for the prizes, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, letting us know if you need to do this one or not, what you’re dealing with, progress you’re making, etc. — basically any comment. Suggestions are always welcome — I learn a lot from the comments every year about how you are all dealing with these things in your own ways. I’ll be back tomorrow with Task Two, so when you’re done watching Europe fling their hair around, let’s get to work!