I'm not one to usually make new years resolutions. Instead I try to embrace changes as they presnt themselves. So sometime back in December, I became overwhelmed with stuff. At that time I decided to do what I call "the Great Purge".
I'm doing my whole house, a drawer, closet and room at a time, a little each day.
I'm a pretty organized person by nature. And I have a firm belief that you either are or you are not, and it's very difficult to become permanently organized if you are not naturally organized.
But I will tell you that if you will attempt to organize your life you will find that you have more time for the people you love and hobbies you love.
So my problem was not organization as such, just that I was feeling overwhelmed by all my stuff.
Part of the issue is that I have a business, and that business is to buy and sell great old stuff. And I have to keep that stuff somewhere until it sells.
At some point I ran across this you tube channel and Have truly enjoyed this gal's tips on getting organized here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZRmGSRGgRiaOl8P95a6p9g
One of her tips is to group "like with like". Meaning as you are sorting group simliar stuff together, sort and eventually store these similar items together.
So last night I tackled one of my desks (I have 3) My roll top desk although outdated, is sure handy, and is where I keep most of my personal family business papers. I began to clean out the drawers and grouping "like with like" and I was overwhelmed by some of the numbers of my accumulations.
I mean how many pens does one person need? Some other things I found that I had too much of was greeting cards, and envelopes and note pads. I kept a reasonable amount of them and threw the rest away. Yay!!!!!
Another of her tips is to gather all broken electronics in one place and send it to best buy for recycling. This is what I've found so far. I have a husband who is hesitant to throw this stuff away so I'll be giving it to him to deal with. It will probably go into a box in our attic for just this type of thing, but It won't be my problem after that.
And now for a shot of my desk after clean up. Wish I had taken a before.
It feels great to start the year out like this.
The Great purge continues and I'll be blogging about different things I'm doing to de-stash. But the best news, is that many of my best treasures are being listed in my Etsy store all month. All new listings are from my personal collections, and I've kept the best for myself, so this is good stuff!
I also have a lot of fun items to help you get organized in vintage junking style so check out my Etsy store and type "Organize" in the search box.
I have to go now and sort Pens :)