January 24, 2013
I am happy to report that, because I have been getting organized, I was able to spend last night being cozy and warm, rather than freezing my toes off.
When my feet were freezing, even with the heat coming up, I was able to find both the electric blanket and it’s cord. I had gotten the blanket cleaned and shaken out earlier in the program, so it was ready to get put on my bed. Even at 5 am, it only took five minutes to set it back up (it would have taken even less time, but I needed to pull up the users’ manual online), and I happily crawled back into a nice, warm bed.
In other organizing news, my friend J turned me on to a website that her friend A uses. It’s called Bookmooch. Their deal is that you post books you want to give away, and get points for each book you post. You also get points for each book someone takes. If a book is on someone’s wish list when you post it, that person gets an email that a copy is available. You then send the book to that person, paying the postage. When you take a book, either by browsing or being notified that a copy is available, the book gets sent to you with the sender paying the postage. I’ve gotten rid of at least 30 books through it in the last week. I need to put my wishlist on there and see if any of the books I want is there for free, but so far I am very satisfied, and have even gotten several nice emails from recipients of books I sent.
I have now emptied the top shelf of the barrister’s bookcase, and gotten about half the yarn from it photographed and entered into my Ravelry database. Once all the yarn is in, I will decide what I want to keep and what I want to sell or trade.
My next project is to empty out whatever has been sitting in the top of the two-drawer file cabinet I inherited from my roommate. Once that is done, I can start to create a better filing system than that I am currently using (two file cases on my desk with currently used and occasionally used but needed for reference files, and one box jammed full under my desk). I plan to tackle the cleaning out of the drawer this evening, so we can put out whatever garbage it generate with the trash tonight. I will also find out if I need a frame for hanging folders that way.
Once that is done, I have some paying work to do — a scarf commissioned by a friend’s co-worker.
I have to say that I am really pleased with the progress I am making on this front. And the more I get done, the better I feel in general, which is a lovely side benefit. Also, I have noticed that by taking this huge task a small bite at time, I am getting to savor each success instead of bemoaning the enormity of the job! All in all, a great positive feedback loop!
Have you noticed any changes in your outlook as you continue to get organized? Are you trying to do it all at once, or allowing yourself to take things a bit at a time? Hw does that feel? Are you allowing yourself to savor each accomplishment?