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Make the Best of a Bad Situation

With most of Spring events cancelled and all the “social distancing” going on most of us are spending more time at home than we’d like to. So what do we do with ourselves? You know what I’m going to say don’t you? Get organized!

Now that winter is behind us it’s a great time to look at all the winter clothes we never wore and ask ourselves why we didn’t wear them.  If you don’t know why you didn’t wear an item try it on. The reason may be obvious. If after trying it on you say to yourself “this looks great I wish I’d worn it” keep it. If you don’t feel that way, let it go.

While going through my own closet I came face to face with my paternal grandmother’s jewelry box. She lived with us and we spent a lot of time together so she holds a dear place in my heart. She died when I was eleven years old. At the time I was thrilled to be given her jewelry box. Obviously I’ve held onto it for decades. Today I looked at it and came to the conclusion that it takes up too much space and I never wear most of what’s in it. I decided to sort everything that was inside into a keep or give away pile. I put the few things I’m keeping into a small decorative box that will take up one third the space. Although I thought twice about letting go of this jewelry box because of the memories it brings back of my grandmother, I know those memories are in my mind and not tied to the box so I’m letting it go. Now I can use the space on the shelf to better organize my workout clothes.

The moral of my story is that it’s okay to address a small area or object. Work on what you’re motivated to work on. If your eye catches something that strikes a cord tackle it.

Here are a few other projects you may want to tackle.

  • Reduce your email inbox to zero. I’m not very good at keeping it at zero so I’m working on this one.
  • Purge electronic and paper files you no longer need. It may be time to rethink what you file. Be sure to only keep the things you actually refer to.
  • Learn something new; take an online course or learn how to use your computer’s photo editor for example.
  • Organize your digital or printed photos. Come on, I know you dread doing it but this is the perfect time to tackle that project.
  • Clean out the garage. If you’d like detailed instructions send me an email and I’ll send you a Quick Tips article on organizing a garage.
  • Clean out your car and create systems to keep it neater and more organized. See my blog to get some simple tips.
  • Prepare your garden tools for the season. Use a wire brush to remove dirt from metal shovels, spades and hoes. Sharpen blades on shears, pruners, spades and shovels. Determine if a broken tool can be fixed and toss it if it can’t.
  • Repot houseplants. I always enjoy doing this. Plants look so refreshed in a new pot.

If you’d like to share what you’ve been organizing while stuck at home please do; I always love to hear from you.

If you’d like help accomplishing any of the above, in-person or virtually please let me know; I’m here to help.

Stay well.


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Cover picture by Georgie Cobbs on Unsplash

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