Friday, January 21, 2011

Oh my goodness, that was hard … but I still feel free!

I keep alluding to some changes that are going on around here, and the fact that my New Year’s commitment is to organize and minimize. Well, things have started to roll and it’s welcoming and terrifying all at the same time.

Last night I went into my office with the intention of filing and throwing away some more papers. I stood in front of my desk, shuffled a few papers, glanced at a few things and walked right out of the room. There is so much paper in there! Where did it all come from?

I sent a text message to my good friend Elaina and said, ‘I’m overwhelmed with trying to get rid of and organize all that paper. I need your help!"’ After she called me a hoarder, she promised to come to my rescue today and warned me to be ready for a major clean-up effort.

Today, true to her word, she came over and we started with my business files. I won’t go into all the gory details including her exasperation over my reasoning for keeping certain records, but I will tell you it was a major success. But it was hard.

DSCF5511 Time ran out today and as Elaina went to do the afternoon carpooling for me I promised to corral all the papers that were being discarded, bag them and have them prepared for disposal. I thought it would be easy, but it took great willpower not to take one last look at the papers and rescue some that had been mistakenly thrown away.

The result is – of course – Zen-like, Feng Shui freedom. Those drawers at left were filled front to back with files; about 40 or so, I’d say. The amount that was kept? Just about 10 files.

After I finish all of the organizing and minimizing I’ll be ready to share my secret with you… Come back at the end of the week – the 28th – and I’ll reveal my news.

Wish me luck on the rest of the organizing… how are your New Year resolutions and commitments going?