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Pulling It Together

I have notebooks, pages, cards, file boxes of various sorts, tracking what I do or want to do. It’s a mess.

I started an index  today with the idea that I will cull/organize the mountain of paper into a usable tool, or set of tools. Since this incorporates several years (decades?) of planning, successful and not, it’s not a small task and will take me some time. A week or perhaps longer. I took a pic of the dining table awash in paper, but have to download it.

It occurred to me that I’m overwhelmed with the various tasks I’ve set myself. The cull and clean up of the house and stuff is a daunting task. Also, I have these various bits and pieces which worked (and didn’t). I don’t want to throw away work when I don’t have to, but have no need to keep it all forever, either.

So, it begins!

  • Loose-leaf binders for the seven levels of stuff cleaning plan. (2)
  • Teacher’s attendance notebooks, also used for the seven levels. (2)
  • Monthly Notebooks, for filing things which are done that way (12)
  • Category Notebooks, for filing clippings (5, I think?)
  • File boxes for the monthly notebooks (2)
  • Garden clippings and book in another file box (1)
  • Various cards, card pockets, and files (?)

I’m not sure what I missed, but I’m sure there are pieces not included in the list above.

It’s a mess.

Office 1.0

What I did: took all the art paper sheets 8.5 x 11 and filed them. Put the other paper up on the bookcase next to the 8.5 x 11 file. Realized in order to see what I had, I needed some way to organize the larger paper. I was early for my tutoring class. The route goes by the local used office fixture/furniture store;  I stopped.

I bought 2 paper organizers. They should solve this problem. One thing I determined before I started was that I would not buy things before I was sure I had a problem to fix. I have a problem. I think I fixed it. It’s worth deducting 2 from my total as it will mean I won’t have a precarious stack of paper, on edge, which I can’t see unless I take all of it down. Stacks like this are prone to slipping (has before) and that creates more work. The pieces I bought will hopefully fix this! The store has one more organizer. If I need it, I’m tutoring again tomorrow; I’ll stop!

I filled one immediately. We’ll see if I fill the 2nd after dinner?