Sunday, March 15, 2009

Clean, sort, discard, rearrange

So I had this brilliant idea the other day that it was time to rearrange my office/work room. I have A LOT of stuff in this little room but I thought it would be good to move the desk so it wasn't blocking the heater in the room. I know, I know. I'm a late bloomer. I decide to do this now - 1 week from the first day of Spring. But also I thought a change of 'scenery' would be a good feeling as well and I needed to clean up and organize.

I knew it was going to be a big job, but it was A REALLY BIG JOB! I worked on it for about 7 hours on Saturday and then about 3 more after dinner. Today I've been working on it for about 7 hours as well. Before things went back into the room, I had to go through them and have been able to purge a couple of bags for the thrift store and a couple of bags for recycling. I also have a 3' stack of magazines to go through. No kidding, I just held up a yard stick to it and that's what it measures! Now some of the magazines will be recycled after a quick flip to make sure I didn't leave any twenty dollar bills (I wish) or other important papers in them, but I'll go through other magazines a little more carefully. I know the Peter Walsh clutter rules but I'm doing it my way (for now anyway).

One of my ideas was to take a smaller bookshelf and move it to our bedroom. In it would go all my knitting, crochet, needlework and other crafting books/magazines. This bookcase filled up pretty fast! I didn't realize I was that hardcore of a collector.

Through this clean up I also reacquainted myself with several skeins of yarn and embroidery/needlework projects. And I did learn some things about myself though - some I'm too embarrassed even to admit to myself. But one I will share is the discovery of 25+ empty journals. I just love stationery! But I guess I should spend more time writing on paper instead of on the computer.

Jp has urged me to take my time and suggested I don't rush putting things back, so there are still several boxes in the living room which I am working through. I admit that I asked him several times for permission to quit but he encouraged me to complete the job. In fact, he even celebrated every time I put another empty box out of the room. It's been hard work, but I know the results will be worth it.

It was a good weekend to do this anyways as it was raining (and at times, snowing) and soon I'll be making hypertufa (with Carol and Cynthia), or in the garden!

2 comments:

Big Girl Feet said...

Whew! That is a huge job and great thing to do! I bet your office looks and feels great!
And yes! I just hope it doesn't snow on hypertufa day!!

Carol Browne said...

I know all about this...I'm slowly cleaning up my office and it's taking forever.

And it's not allowed to snow on hypertufa day. It's just not allowed.