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Before and Afters

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When I got up this morning I took my vitamin, grabbed the glass next to my computer with soda in it to wash it down.  But it was left over red wine from last night.  That’s what happens when you don’t use a wine glass.  I chased that with the remnants in a can of root beer that was sitting next to it.  Root beer and red wine, not anything I will do again. Nasty.

I got to work and couldn’t find a lighter anywhere to light my candle, the relaxing CD I wanted to played was skipping and iTunes isn’t working.  I found Dark Side of the Moon on the floor (in it’s case),  so that is playing and I am still looking for a way to light this yummy candle.

I was going to do real work, but I decided to clean this mess of an office instead.

Here are some before shots.

View from door before
main real-work desk before
Home issues, other biz and art desk - before

Okay, now my Danskos just stared falling apart. Wow, I never thought that would happen.

I still have not found a lighter, I am heading home to let the dogs out, I will be back with a vacuum cleaner.

Okay, forgot the lighter at home, now going to finish cleaning up this mess.  If I can make something out of this day, anyone can.

Here are my “Afters.”   :)

from the door -after
Main work desk - after
home, other biz , art desk -after

I still have a lot to do but this took me all day.  It’s dark outside now. I will be working all day tomorrow on real work and final clean-up of this office.  Maybe then I won’t be so overwhelmed.  I’ll consolidate those post-its for sure ( have to put all those passwords & numbers somewhere- else) , and I’ll see how many document boxes I can store out of sight.

In the end , my lighter was on my desk under piles of papers, my candle was burning, and soft stoner music was playing.  Not so bad, it was a good day.

Peace everyone.  Enjoy your weekends.

Photo Mountain

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I have to admit, I have been avoiding this area of sorting like the plague.   As a matter of fact, as I write my stomach is getting tense.  You see I don’t want to sort all my old photographs.  I can’t bare to spend the emotional energy needed to get through all these photos.  It’s not inside me yet.  I am not that strong.

before- photos chaos

It makes me sad to see how much time has past.  It makes me sad to see those I’ve lost, and what will never be again.  Even when I look at the most precious pictures, I love seeing them, but it’s a very bitter sweet experience.

Thousands, and thousands of photos and many were “bogo” – buy one set get the second set free.  Add in all the school photos, and the sports photos, it’s a mountain of memories

storage- photos only

My answer here is not the best.  I am not going to sort them.  That’s right.  I bought three large blue bins and today my big contribution to de-cluttering is moving these bins to the storage unit.  These bins are heavy and it is quite a task  moving them.  So it is a start, and it will be an accomplishment.

My rationalization here is that when I finish sorting all the other areas of my life, then I will be free to leisurely look through a few photos at a time.

Will I?… I don’t know.  But I know I won’t let this become a roadblock to my journey to living better with less.

in storage unit - tempory fix

Tip: When visiting your storage space never look in any of the boxes.

Inspiration: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~Buddha

One-day one-thing: Store your photos safely, or sort some of them.