Organization is always a struggle for me and it comes home to roost this time of year!
The Holiday decorations are put back in their named plastic bins, I have begun the arduous task of shredding the reams of no longer needed paper work, cleaning the closets of unwanted and unused clothing, trying to determine whether or not I still should hold onto the chipped vase from the birth of my first born, and worst of all the unfinished projects lie in wait for me!
I read up on organizing, on creating the 'perfect closet', what not to shred and what to, how to classify, group, create the perfect collection for my rooms, the lists line the desk top! I spent all week cleaning, sorting, filing, shredding, classifying my beautifully cluttered office. I even sent off the articles and recycled magazines to my relatives that I had been accumulating over the last year for them.
The problem is, once I start, I often get stuck on what I have found and rediscovered. I look at everything in a new light, begin to see how it could be used in another way, a different use. Like the beautiful queen sized sheet to be made into new curtains, you can't throw something like that away! The left over yardage from the great room curtains should be made into toss pillows for the sofa. Old pieces of furniture could just have a fresh coat of paint and be used in the guest room, the 1800's pine dresser that has graced our old bathroom downstairs should be moved into one of the upstairs bedroom closets to make way for more storage and de-clutter the room. I then could move the well worn, old shoe feel, leather chair down to the den and (really!) put the cat and dog worn club chairs on the curve! The old chipped McCoy vase could be added to my collection of art pottery and grace the mantle in the spring, filled with daffodils.
So, my list of projects grows and so do the piles. As I looked over my file cabinet of landscape designs, I found old horticultural notes that should be inserted into my loose leaf binder of 'garden growing hints', all these things that I forget by the time spring arrives, like pruning roses, grapevines and raspberries. When to prune the spring bloomers and when to prune the fall....the 20 year old plant lists and drawings have valuable information that needs to be remembered! What's old is always new. The amount of valuable information is staggering...I just need to organize it!
That is the double-edged sword of organization and it takes a strong constitution to say good-bye to old friends. I do do the trick of hanging the clothes with the hangers all going one way and at the change of season, see which ones haven't moved and give them to the thrift store! I do throw out my seeds that are older than 5 years...I have shredded reams of paper to use as recycled material for my laying hen's nest boxes and hen house floor. If I haven't used it for a year I do start to fill a box for donations, I have started to cull out the photos.....It just there is so much potential in all things...! The best thing our oldest son did was to rent a dumpster for his House Painting business and leave in front of my husband's wood shop, there is some satisfaction in throwing things away, especially if they are truly broken! It gets easier and I am trying hard to be disciplined, there is just so much beauty in re-imaging things! (No I am not a hoarder!)
It's always easier to help organize and de-clutter someone else's home, the emotional attachment isn't there, you can see beyond the obvious and envision the new....