Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 27 - Every item has its place

..... Every item has its place....  I've been looking around my home and office and find that "function of the place" is where I have been challenged.  This phrase has been found in literature dating back to the 17th century and it is still true today.  

The statement's underlying assumption is that the place is perfect in form and function. Accepting that it is only 'perfect' at that moment in time, this exercise has reawakened my consciousness .  Some moments are longer than others.  Doing the best at this moment is what this is about.

What I have been enjoying during this Challenge is that almost every place has been explored.  I've questioned the place, reason for the item in the place, how the item serves me or how I serve it, and does either the item and/or space enhance my life's journey. 

Day #14 make the bedroom into a place of relaxation has been a blessing.  This morning, it took a few minutes to put clothes in the hamper, rehang those that were airing and drying and pick up the books and put them aside.  The bath was tidy and all is good! 
Day #7 - de-cluttering the dresser - another place now nicely re-organized so that I may put away items in a 'better' space.

Yesterday's tackle the electronics found even more items to sort out - and I did get the box of extra cables out of the garage and found some in the back storage room.  I'm going to keep up the scavenger hunt to find all those cables and cords before 

I am already reaping the benefits that started just about a month ago.  Writ ting about this journey has brought that conversation to some light.

Success.....  once again !  - donate box - sorting out some old linens!  
Today's Challenge - Day 28  - Don't Beat Yourself Up - and - find one item to put in the donate box.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 26 - Tackle the Electronics

Well "the beat goes on" as sung in the 1967 hit song by Sonny & Cher.  La di da di da....La di da di de.

So this is my electronics mess.  I'm sure I've got a few more gadgets tucked away in nooks and crannies.  I love my gadgets.  Technology screams by us today.  My Galaxy S4 phone is now old - geez it came out 18 months ago.  For some folks - it's like throw up your hands, I say - jump in!  I'm not a bleeding edge kinda gal, though using technology has allows me to do more in a shorter amount of time.

My computers, printers and scanners are very well organized as they are my life blood in my office.  It's the little stuff that you've acquired over the years, that makes the mess of  stuff.  So off I went around my home to look for those lost, misplaced and forgotten pieces of early technology that are laying around.  Yeah!  When I go out today, and move the car out of the garage,  I'll be able to get to another box of 'cables' that is up on the shelf.

One of the ways I've tackled my electronics - of course you don't see any evidence here, is to store related bits 'n pieces of the item in labeled zip lock bags.  That way when I'm looking for the cable for my camera, I can find it in a snap.  I have also learned to put a tag on the end of the cable indicating the gadget it is related to.

Another way is to save the original box and put them all together, in my case the basket on the right in the picture.  Since my closet space is so limited, the basket works well and it resides on top of a bookcase and looks nice.  Thank about it, when you're ready to replace it, you have the original box and its stuff - does anyone hear sell it on Ebay?

Oh, I better save it just-in-case ( Day #12) is related to this area in a big way.  I found my DSL modem - ah really I'm going back to DSL?  I found those plastic film screen covers that go back three phones ago - ah really I'm going back to a phone with a postage stamp size screen?  How about a portable cassette player - really I'm going to plug in and run around when I can load songs on a mp3 player that 90% smaller and lighter?

Success for Day 25 the tangled mess is sorted!  - Item for donate box - another tape cassette for the library sale.

Today's Challenge - Day 27  - Every item has its place - and - find one item to put in the donate box.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Several Days Aching

When all is well, I'm like the energizer bunny.  I have learned to juggle many items over the years.  I'm the one that is busy, yet can find a few moments to help out at a local fundraiser, run an event, and help out a neighbor in need.

Last Friday I had a halt to the fun and enjoyment that was going along this holiday season.  All of a sudden, my body crashed into the ground.  Call it my School of Grace & Charm.  I took a fall for nothing other than not watching exactly where I was going.  Let me tell you, don't try this at home.  

It was dark and I was retrieving my car on a dark street.  Did I say it was dark?  I didn't see the seam of the apron and driveway and went down.  A fall, dropping the box I was carrying had me land and slide on my left knee, then smack my mid-section on part of the box and onto the pavement.  I'm still recovering.  Scraped knee, bruised ribs, and a healthy dose of realty.  

I'm just fine except for the lingering aches.  I'll be back to writing tomorrow.  Thanks  for listening.  Now that I'm up and about - I'm back to the Challenge, just at a slower pace :)

Today's Challenge - Day 26  -  Tackle the Electronics - and - find one item to put in the donate box.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 25 - Declutter the unusual spots

What are unusual spots? The dictionary says "remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others".  I guess there could be spaces like under the stairs, behind something, in the raffters. or under the sink.  Lucky or not, living in an open space layout doesn't leave much that could fall into an unusual spot.

If I use the under-the-stairs as an example - the only place is in the basement.  It is enclosed as if it was a closet - when I moved in I had Bob, my handyman, build shelving into and round the studs, and that became the supply closet for the office.  That space is always kept tidy.

Upstairs is a settee and I put stuff behind it.  The other day I moved that 'stuff' out and to the staging space I have for that project.  It should have never put it behind there in the first place!  

Attic or such - I don't have one that is usable and as for under the sink  - all four are great.  Kitchen there are a few cleaners; the half bath, other than waste basket there is nothing; under the guest bath is where I store the supply of tissues and lightbulbs and the master bath there is a seldom used hair dryer, waste basket and nothing else.

So not to let this Challenge day get off easy - I went back to the Kitchen #21.  I began the two drawers that I keep the plastic storage containers and towels in.  Wow - rematched the bottoms and tops, determined 'really' how many do I need, the drawers were done......  except that led me to the Garage - there was two boxes of storage containers there!  Not to leave this part of the chore incomplete.  I brought them in, when through, ran some through the dishwasher and consolidated down to one box with room in it!  Some were recycled and others were put in the donate box

Not only was the drawers complete - there is a space on the shelving in the garage where I cleared away that one box and then found I had an empty box(?) up there.  That must have been one of those "save it just in case".  

Success for Day 25 - cleared away mismatched storage containers and re-open space in garage.  Item for Donate Box -- some extra storage containers that I won't be using any longer  and  a whole pile of mismatched containers that went to recycling.

PS if you are wondering where the cleaning supplies are - I have a bucket that all the supplies are kept in.  Unopened supplies are stored in the garage.

PSS stay tuned - the garage will be a big event and will happen in the next four weeks as I have guests coming and I need the garage to move furniture in order to host this event.

Today's Challenge - Day 26  -  Tackle your electronics - and - find one item to put in the donate box.