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September Already!

I cannot believe it is already the fifth of September! Phew, time just flies faster and faster the older one gets. Since it is September, I guess it is time to review my August goals and contemplate some September ones.

I had three big projects for August and I am well satisfied with the results.

Project One was less Facebook time and here I had mixed results. I am spending less time on Facebook, but mostly because I deleted to many “friends” and fixed the settings to not so many posts were showing up in my feed. That way when I do log in to Facebook, there is much less to see and my time there is much shorter. I wish I could say that I am consistently logging in fewer times a day, and some days I am, but mostly not. And I seem to have replaced wasting time on Facebook by wasting time on Pinterest, although I am collecting some very cool crochet and jewelry ideas for future projects, so hopefully my time there is not completely wasted!

Project Two was cleaning up our spare bedroom, which actually became cleaning up two spare bedrooms and turning one of them into an actual, functioning guest bedroom. This project was a complete success! Yes, I still have twelve boxes left to sort and rebox, but I know that the items in those boxes are (mostly) to be saved, so it really is just reorganizing them into stackable boxes, labeling them, and then stacking them into the empty closet. And there IS an empty closet to put them into! Additionally, all my crochet and jewelry-making supplies are organized and easily accessible, but out of sight. All books are out of boxes and onto shelves, even if some shelves are double stacked (sorting and culling books is a never-ending job here, because I tend to acquire as quickly as I cull).

I was on such a roll with those two bedrooms that I ended up sorting through all the clothes in my bedroom closet and donating two large boxes to the Salvation Army thrift store. AND I sorted and organized the office closet, removing huge piles of job search printouts that had moved with us from Florida and were obviously of no redeeming value at this point. I also reorganized some file boxes, breaking down some large files into smaller, more manageable files. So, even though I didn’t completely finish sorting the boxes from the spare bedroom, I still consider the project a huge success!

Project Three was website updates, which I also consider a success, just because I actually began working again on my websites. I may not be doing daily updates, but at least two days a week for August I worked several hours on updating blogs, making backups, and also updating information on my LeapingFromTheBox.com website. Inertia was removed and I am again excited to be working on the sites.

Early in August I mentioned trying a new daily schedule by listening more to my body and mind, taking advantage of when my mental acuity is at its best. I have attempted to keep this schedule up throughout August and for the most part, it has made me more productive. I do have to remember, though, to not get so wound up in the mornings work that I run out of steam for the afternoon. Quitting the mornings physical work about 11 – 11:30 seems to work best. That gives me a good noon hour for lunch and then a good three hours or better in the afternoon for website work. I hope as the weather cools a bit in September to add a walk outside to that noon hour time and see if that doesn’t help the afternoon productivity.

Tomorrow I’ll post my September goals, even though by then September will be almost one quarter done! That is okay, though, as my September goals are much smaller, less lofty goals than those for August.

Decluttering Progress

I am still working on the big August Project of decluttering the spare room, which turned into decluttering two spare rooms as I moved stuff from one room to another. The good news is that the smaller of the two rooms is done.

The bad news is that the overflow went to the second spare bedroom.

This is manageable, though. Much of it is pictures and family memorabilia that I just need to box properly and store. Someday I will sort and copy and deal with it all, but that is not now. Now I just need to sort out what does not get saved and rebox and store what does get saved.

While sorting through one box this morning, I came across this picture:

From left to right, Charles (with Teddy Freddy), David and Kat, perhaps about 1992 or 1993, in the front yard play area on our farm in Dundee, New York. I will have to do some comparing to other pictures to figure out how old Charles looks. Seeing this picture brought my whole sorting to a standstill, as I had to go make a copy and blog about it! That’s my dad’s old traveling truck in the background, loaded with a car to take back to Alabama.

The good ole days!

August Progress

This blog post title sounds like I am royalty, getting ready to tour my kingdom! I wish!

Actually, it is progress in accomplishing my August Goals. And to accomplish them, I have been trying a new schedule this week. I do not wake up and feel like doing anything that requires mental concentration until late morning. So, using this knowledge, I am spending my mornings doing the physical labor jobs – yard work, room decluttering, furniture moving, etc. And then afternoons I slow down and do my computer work, pay bills, clean desk, sort papers, etc. So far it seems to be working.

Monday I put together a new five-shelf bookcase and began moving books. Tuesday I finished moving books and bookcases. Phew! I was exhausted!

When I finished working around noonish on Wednesday, I took a couple of pictures.

Here’s the room after I have all the crochet and craft items corralled. Notice the black dresser in the right corner. We bought a bedroom suit off from Craigslist on Sunday, which includes that 6 drawer dresser, along with a two drawer nightstand and a full-sized bed. I love the dresser and night stand; the bed I am not in love with, but we needed a guest bed and it came with a mattress and it will do. All of my yarn fit in the dresser, with two drawers (one large, one small) still empty. And that left the plastic unit to hold all my threads and jewelry making supplies. Everything in a place! Wonderful!

And this is David’s old room, where most of the books (& new bookcase) were moved to. This room originally held only the bookcase on the right corner, a weight bench, a rocking chair and a recliner (I should have taken a picture of this room last week). Now it is collecting the overflow from the other room, but I need to make sure that the bed will fit in the smaller room before I work too much at finding homes for all the boxes and other stuff.


And similar progress with my afternoon items, but they are not as easy to document. Suffice to say that my desk is a bit clearer, blog backups and updates have been made, and yesterday I even began some website updates. It felt good.

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