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September 30, 2008

day 4 photos

lunch...

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lunch date (perhaps not enjoying the incessant photography as much as the photographer.)

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tomatoes from lunch date's garden.

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before...

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after...

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More tomorrow. :)

Organizing Quick Tip

Maybe you’ve seen this saying before:  “Take Only Pictures. Leave Only Footprints.”

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I saw it often as a child when my family and I would visit the National Parks. On those vacations I always wanted to pick a few wild flowers, or take home a seashell. But there was always that sign: “Take Only Pictures. Leave Only Footprints.”

This sign would remind me to leave everything just as I found it, so the National Parks would be just as beautiful for the next person (and generation!) as they were for me.

This is terrific advice not just for vacationers, but for those of us on an organizing journey as well. How great would your home look if every single day, you left nothing but footprints? If you put your things away, as soon as you were finished, wouldn’t your home look terrific? Wouldn’t you feel great? And wouldn't you be a great influence on others (like your family members) as well?

Give it a try by taking action! Start today by putting away everything you use today. If you take it out, put it away — and leave only footprints.

day 3 photos

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A glimpse of fall.

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Artwork at a local coffee shop. Went there for a business meeting. Took one photo. Battery became "exhausted." So no more photos of the coffee shop. But I captured this photo when I got home ...

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Should have done this before starting the challenge! I changed the batteries in the big camera, just not the little one. Oh well. The battery has been refreshed; she's no longer exhausted today.

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Sewing a patch on the Brownie vest...the "hobby" patch. ;)

September 28, 2008

day 2 photos

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Did more laundry today.

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Insanity at the pump. (And to think...this is lower than it has been and I'm sure lower than it is in many places.)

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Saw a herd of deer tonight on my in-laws property. This one was a young deer who got separated from the rest of the herd. She was running right at me in an earlier shot...I thought she was going to run right into me!

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Water bottles. Filled and ready for our family bike ride this morning. Filling water bottles...something I do every single day.

Interesting to notice my life through the camera lens. Interesting to see what seems photo worthy. I have two separate shots of water today...what's up with that? Guess I was thirsty today. Or particularly intrigued by water.

September 27, 2008

i just couldn't wait...

So, I started today. Here are some photos from Day 1 in The-Week-Of-The-Life. I'll share some photos throughout the week...and then, hope to put together the finished pages in a week or so. I'll share those, too. But for now...just photos. This is really fun. If you're on the fence about participating...get off the fence and dive in!

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snacking on pistachios while making dinner.

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Homemade mac and cheese for dinner. A first. And a last. It was deemed "too rich."

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Check him out. Jay found him (and temporarily captured him to show the kids) while working in the yard today. He was huge!  I have some other shots with a quarter in the photo...so we can remember how big he was.

OK...off to enjoy night one. A big yellow lab wants to go for a walk. :)

i just couldn't wait...

So, I started today. Here are some photos from Day 1 in The-Week-Of-The-Life. I'll share some photos throughout the week...and then, hope to put together the finished pages in a week or so. I'll share those, too. But for now...just photos. This is really fun. If you're on the fence about participating...get off the fence and dive in!

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snacking on pistachios while making dinner.

Mac_and_cheese

Homemade mac and cheese for dinner. A first. And a last. It was deemed "too rich."

Praying_mantis

Check him out. Jay found him (and temporarily captured him to show the kids) while working in the yard today. He was huge!  I have some other shots with a quarter in the photo...so we can remember how big he was.

OK...off to enjoy night one. A big yellow lab wants to go for a walk. :)

ready.

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OK...I'm in. I cleared out one of my project trays in my scrapbook room to make room for my A-Week-In-The-Life project...even though there's a little voice inside my head saying "You've got a really busy week ahead. Are you sure this is a good idea?"

But then another little voice jumped in. "If not this week then when? Seriously. When was the last time your life really slowed down?"

Little voice one responds. "Eight years ago. Bed rest."

Voice two chimes in. "Right. And there will be no repeat performances on the bed rest, right? So let's go for it. NOW!"

And so I am.

Got myself organized today. Pulled together a notebook for jotting down observations. (Took notes from Ali's book.) Pulled out some file folders — one for each day of the week. I'll tuck notes and other life tidbits (receipts, emails, magazine articles, etc.) in there. And I printed Ali's list of photos to take. The plan is to carry the notebook, a camera and my photo list around with me as much as possible...and capture little bits of life. I'm really excited about this project.

OK...off to get lots of to-dos done today...so I can create a bit more space in my schedule next week for this project. Wish me luck. :)

this is why...

...I scrapbook. To share, preserve and put together in a single place photos like these.

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This is my Grandma and my mom in 1936.

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My Mom and me in 1968.

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Me and my baby boy in 1999.

I love these photos. We're all holding our babies the exact same way. We're all smiling the exact same way. We're all so in love with those little babies in our arms.

Excited to spend some time playing with photos this weekend...and getting a few memories out of the photo boxes and onto a scrapbook page. I'm also thinking about joining in Ali's Week in the Life project going on on her blog next week. Have you seen this? I think it's great for avid scrapbookers and for people who think "Oh, that looks too hard." Ali will show you how to do it...and it'll be so fun to have some snippets of your life captured on the pages of a scrapbook. (Oh...I think I'm talking myself into it.)

Any other takers? Or...are you working on some other fun scrapbook projects already? Would love to know what you're up to. I haven't chatted with you all about scrapbooking in a while... :)

Have a great weekend!

September 23, 2008

Organizing Quick Tip: Focus on progress instead of perfection.

Believe it or not, perfectionism is a very common cause of disorganization. Seems counterintuitive that a perfectionist could be disorganized, doesn’t it? Well, the desire for perfection is often so strong that it creates immobility, both at the onset of your organizing projects, and anywhere in the process if you begin to realize things aren’t turning out perfectly.

If you feel that perfectionism is getting in the way of your desire for a more organized home and life, the first step is to recognize this fact. Then, look for ways to take small steps in the direction you want to go. Give yourself permission to organize imperfectly by focusing your attention on progress instead of perfection. 

I can always use another...

One of the toughest things for people to let go of when they’re organizing are the inherently useful items. It’s the pencils, pens, cleaning rags, plastic drinking cups, Tupperware®, craft supplies, office supplies, and sticky notes that cause us to say “I can always use another one of those.” Sound familiar?

Keep this tip in mind:  No matter how useful something is, you only need so many of them! We don’t need 300 rags to wipe up spills, or 1000 pencils to write notes. No one does. :) And all this extra stuff just leads to clutter!

Next time you’re organizing, if you hear yourself saying “I can always use another _______,” stop and figure out how many you really need or how much space you have for that inherently useful thing. Then, when you’ve reached your limit, send the rest to a happier home—someone else’s home!

P.S. This is one of many organizing roadblocks discussed in Organizing 101. To find out your roadblocks (and how to get past them and get organized once and for all!) sign up for Organizing 101. Class starts today!

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