Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan
I have more work to do today than there are hours in the day for it.
We'll see what I actually accomplish...
~ Clear off my desk
~ Go through finished family artwork and decide what can be scanned, what needs to be photographed, and what would look nice framed as is. If the sun decides to come back out, take the photographs. If not, start scanning.
~ Go through the family memorabilia. Well, start
going through it. This could take a few days and will involve pulling out more stuff and making an even bigger mess before it is done.
I think I have it all in two spots now, which is a big accomplishment in itself.
~ I have a pile of picture frames to weed through and match to frame-worthy photographs. I already did the "large" frames/portraits/art last year and we finally gave away all the frames we didn't find a use for in early January this year. I believe what is left is 8x10 and smaller, but it might be 5x7 and smaller. There are more of them than the last round, that much I know.
~ Go through my next big scrapbook project and prepare it for several "travel" sessions. The project is mostly together, but is too much stuff for any one session. I have weekend getaways coming up in April and July (friend owns a cabin, so we scrap for really cheap there) with a 18-hour crop in May. One friend lives a mile away and we switch off cropping at each other's houses in the spring and summer. My real challenge is finding a permanent home for this project at our house, in addition to having it be portable. It is a 3-book series and covers 13 years. We are talking about a large project. It'll require some creative thinking on my part...
~ And more, but I am out of computer time now...
Well, that was Monday. What did I accomplish on Monday? Oh, I weeded out some items on the bookcase and now all the books fit properly. I dusted them, too!
I rearranged the items on top of the bookcase, as well, but I am still not happy with the look up there just yet. It is fine for now, though.
DD cleared off her desk, which wasn't all that messy, and now three corners of the family office look good!
AmVets called on Monday late afternoon asking if they could pick up any donations. I only had a small box at the time, so I said I could drop it off instead. She said she already had three other pick ups on my street that day, so it was easy for them to pick up and no wasted time/gas. I agreed and got busy going through some more stuff (Monday and Tuesday). DH put the items out for me this morning and it grew from that one small box to two boxes, two trash cans, and a LARGE bag. Woo Hoo! I also gave away a box of stuff to a friend for her church crafts and a neighbor wanted a small piece of furniture and some frames. DD's school put a call out for baskets for the upcoming silent auction, so I gathered those together and dropped them off yesterday. I found two more after I got home (of course! LOL), so those will go to school this afternoon.
I got one of the above projects finished as much as possible at this point: picture frames. The rest will need to wait until I am finished with the bigger projects around the house since pictures (this size) are the final touches, IMO, for decorating. However, by giving away all the baskets in our project room that were not being used right now, I have space for these frames!
Yippee! They can be moved out of our bedroom!
Not on the list, but accomplished on Monday in 15 minutes, was finding new homes for DH's items he had on a wall shelf we took down over a year ago. I dusted them and evaluated them. I had given him most of the items and I knew he had them out because of that. I knew what was important to him and what wasn't, except for one item. I set that aside and asked him when he got home that evening. He liked what I did with the rest and let go of that one item I wasn't sure about.
I was gone most of Tuesday, but I did accomplish a couple 15-minute decluttering tasks:
I thinned out and organized my fabric ribbon. I use it for sewing, gift-wrapping, general crafts, and scrapbooking. So, I divided it all by type (plain satin with sewing notions; sheers in frosted ribbon box; scrapbook-worthy pieces in clear round jar; collections and scrapbook-worthy spools in clear box with large pieces of scrapbook-worthy fiber). I gave away essentially an entire gallon-size bag of ribbon!
AND I took care of a simple project I had been putting off because I didn't want to weed through the ribbon. LOL We ended up with an extra photo calendar for 2009 (gift to family members), so I hole punched it and threaded sheer white polka-dotted ribbon through the holes and hung it from the pegs in our kitchen.
I am feeling a bit under the weather today, so my one project for today is to cut out 8 child-size aprons for DD's upcoming party. She chose the fabric from my stash and I have the "pattern" (an apron that fits DD). The fabric has already been washed and I think it is a poly-cotton blend, so it may not need pressing. One can hope, right?