Oh, what a crazy past few weeks it has been.
I haven’t been keeping up too well with the blog lately.
Or really anything in my life.
I don’t know what has changed but lately I just really feel like I simply cannot keep up.
Maybe it’s my on-the-move baby.
Maybe it’s the early spring that has me constantly wanting to avoid the things I need to do and just sit outside.
Maybe it’s just me.
At any rate, I did finally get around to organizing the“office”.
Actually, Christian did most of the cleaning and organizing.
I came home one day after running some errands and it was done.
I just made the labels (using scrapbooking paper and letter stickers) for the drawers and for our hanging paper organizer so that we can keep this area nice and neat from now on.
I was inspired by some BetterHomes and Gardens tips.
It's hard to see the labels in the picture but from top to bottom, our hanging paper organizer is now divided into three sections: Now (requires action immediately), Later (requires action soon) and File (already paid or taken care of but needs to be filed in the desk drawers).
I also labeled those file drawers.
The finance drawer has labeled files inside for pay stubs, medical, banking, important receipts and other documents necessary for filing taxes, etc.
The H&A (home and auto) drawer has files for our mortgage info, insurance, car repair receipts, home appliance manuals and warranty information.
I was going to take pictures of the insides of the drawers but they are no where near as pretty as those Better Homes and Gardens pictures.
We just use plain old green hanging file folders with white tabs that I wrote on with a black pen.
Boring, yes, but it was what we had on hand so it was free and effective.
He also organized the drawers on the left side.
The top drawer has office supplies and writing utensils.
The middle drawer has addresses, stationary and stamps.
The miscellaneous drawer is not currently being used for files.
It literally has miscellaneous items in it, like AV cords, photo paper, etc.
It’s not a junk drawer though.
He purged the junk and everything remaining has it's place.
This week’s project, (now that the week is almost over):
final sweep and donate
Now that I have cleaned out my closet, the linen closet, the coat closet and the "office", I have about 8 bags of items that are ready to be donated.
I am going to do one very quick final sweep of our house, see if Christian wants to donate anything, and then take all of those goods somewhere to donate.
I am still wondering what the very best place to donate is…
Goodwill or somewhere else?
I am going to do my best not to look twice inside those bags.
That’s always where I get myself in trouble.
I wonder, “Am I really ready to get rid of that? Maybe I will wear/use it some day.”
But that’s counterproductive.
I need to keep pushing forward with this challenge.
Less focus on me.
More “throwing off of that which hinders and so easily entangles”.