The past couple weeks I have dedicated time to organize and pare-down what surrounds me in everyday life.
I started by participating in a neighborhood yard sale and managed to rid ourselves of a few items that we no longer use.
I finally found success with Craigslist after a few attempts by alleged shady buyers trying to take advantage of a newbie like me. This is definitely a venue you must proceed with caution. Gladly, a number of furniture items found new homes and I can now walk into our storage room without stepping over anything.
There's a collection of books I discovered when I regained access to our storage closet, so I've listed them for sale on Amazon. It's another great venue to purge reading material and make a few dollars to re-invest in new reading material. ;-)
The USPS has come in handy with the number of packages I've sent my sister lately with items her family will put to good use. If you send at least one of your packages via Priority Mail, the mail carrier will pick-up everything from your doorstep for free, including parcel post. So I always make sure I have a lightweight package to send via Priority Mail to combine with parcel post packages. It saves time from standing in line at the Post Office.
While I was away with my girlfriends scrapbooking last weekend, I included time to file-off almost every photo on the hard drive of my laptop, although I have a back-up external hard drive. I stayed up until 3:00am to accomplish this task, and boy, do I feel good about it. I had 3 years-worth of photos on my hard drive.
The tools I included in my gear for the crop were a label maker and my entire collection of patterned paper. Every sheet of paper was separated and alphabetized by manufacturer into Cropper Hopper paper pouches. It took me an hour to sort through everything and label the dividers.
The good news is I managed to make a set of 20 holiday cards and a layout while I organized what I could at my fingertips. Regardless of what I was doing, I accomplished a bit of crafting as well as organizing.
On my iPhone, I added the Flickr application where I can now upload photos from my phone as a back-up with the push of a button.
Organizing and maximizing my time is an ongoing ordeal in our household. There are days I feel wonderful about achieving a flawless day without chaos and there are days I do not know if I'm coming or going. And I hope to have more flawless days as I continually try to gain control over the chaos.