11 December 2011 @ 07:15 pm
Household reclamation / road to an office  
Completed the upper two shelves over my desk today. All the textbooks except math are in a box to go to McKay's; all the class notes were thrown out. I can't see ever needing them again.

Before -- today's before picture is yesterday's after picture


Crossposted to http://flylady.livejournal.com/1034301.html
natasiakith: lackeynatasiakith on December 12th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
That's impressive. I still have notes from high school I should shred.

Your project is an inspiration. :)
memyselfi11memyselfi11 on December 12th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
I still have some high school notes and books that I should get rid of too, my husband as well!

Each time I move I throw some out but for some reason I can't get rid of it all at once...I'm not sure why...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 12th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Letting go of things is hard, if you have any tendencies at all toward hoarding. There's the "but what if I need it some day?" impulse, and the "oh, this brings back memories" impulse, and the "I worked so hard for this" impulse, and all manner of other strings attached to things.

Another one that I have trouble with personally is, "Okay, I can toss all the notes, but I really ought to keep the notebooks to reuse." No. The notebooks are bent out of shape from sitting slanted on the shelf for 10 years, and the inside covers have absorbed toner from the first pages. They are not reuseable. Throw them out.

For me personally, and I know others' mileage will vary -- working with the support of a ritual has made a huge difference, to the point where the last few days of decluttering have been done freestyle. My mentor says, "Paths are formed by walking on them," and it seems as though I've started to walk a path toward releasing old, stuck energy.
memyselfi11memyselfi11 on December 12th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh those impulses sound very familiar....

I think for me there's a time factor involved somewhere, for me to be able to throw out particular items that were important in one way or another a certain amount of time has to have passed otherwise I just can't...

It sounds like you're really on a good path for you, and the results you've been showing are definitely proving it :)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 12th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't bother shredding any of my notes, since they didn't have anything like my SSN on them.

I wish you success in your own projects, whatever they may be.
Gnome: Snowygnomentum on December 12th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
SO much better!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 12th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's really amazing me, that I've kept this up for 10 days now (not consecutive, but that's actually even more amazing).
Gnome: Snowedongnomentum on December 12th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's hard when you miss a day to get the momentum back - you've been doing great!

(Did you get my reply to your document, by the way? I enjoyed reading it :) )
Lesliemamatiger on December 15th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
So inspiring! I've done a bit of sorting and tossing, but you remind me there's a lot more I could be doing!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 15th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! "Inspiring" is good. Weird, but good.
galingale: Snoopy Happy Dancegalingale on December 15th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 15th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
chanda_mchanda_m on December 23rd, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Again a small change making a huge difference. Getting rid of old class notes is such an achievement. I remember when I did mine ... Well done!

BTW, thanks for letting me know about your label printer model... I had Brother on my short list but wasn't happy about getting one since our brother printer/scanner is such a pain. I went with a brother label printer (different model than yours because yours wasn't available here in Germany), I took it for a quick test run and I love it... Its now back in the box ready to go under the tree.