Now that my kids are in college, and even though I'm busier driving them here and there than I ever was, my focus this year was to conquer the piles. They were either:
- finding a home in our house
- going in the trash
- going to charity
After I thoroughly organized all the important paperwork, I went through many other categories. Here is my pile of sightseeing brochures. I collect them to help us decide where we want to visit next, then some of them I keep for historical information. In fact, I decided to coincide some of this with my history research I had from teaching. Lots of overlap. I had my recycle bin at the top right. I had a basket that would capture brochures of places we have not yet been to. At a moments notice I can grab that for the family to peruse and decide on where to go next...whenever we get another chance to do that. The file folders were color coded for future historical reference of places we've already been to.
I also organized my historical sewing information. I organized my 18th century information from lots of Colonial Williamsburg magazines I cut up (gasp). Below is all the homeschool stuff that I organized. (My family told me to write a book of history, etc lessons for our future generations to use when they homeschool. They have no idea how much work that is! I've decided I'm still in research mode!)
Thus the living room has been quite the mess for weeks! Papers were always laying about. I'd work while watching the Olympics then when the phone rings it's time to leave it there while I drive to pick up or drop off one of the kids. And that was pretty much my summer.
I'm probably 80-90% organized. So far when my husband asks me for something, I find it within seconds. That feels great! And that was the point!
I still have a few piles. It would be great if I could conquer them before the year ends...actually tomorrow afternoon! I have other plans for Saturday!