in which our plucky heroine has a productive day...
After spending all of yesterday indoors, it was time to strap on the YakTrax and head up to Green Zebra for a bit of fresh produce, another apple would be quite welcome, and some rice crackers to go with the homemade hummus would combine for a sustaining brunch, and a chance for a short walk, even if it was ever-so-careful penguin walking, was really welcome...
Today it is just above freezing. There won't be much of this melting away in the next few days:
The streets are full of snow and ice, and the sky is a cloudless blue
Since the planned errands for today were off the table, due to bureaucracy being closed due to snow, it seemed like a good day to turn up the podcasts and dig in to the decluttering. There was just one more box of misc unsorted papers to go through, and then all the unknown boxes were dealt with (as I recall I started last year with over 60 piles or bags or boxes of unknown content) It took a few hours to look at each paper bit one at a time, but when I was done there were two full bags of recycle, a pile to go in the bag of "shred or burn" and a tiny handful of index cards with art ideas noted on them to save. Huzzah for the end of Phase 1 !! (which I have been toiling away at for almost three years of somewhat intermittent effort)
As best I can understand it, Phase 2 involves going through the house one area at a time, sorting, organising and condensing what is there, moving things as needed to the best place for them to be used or stored. I suspect that as time goes on, I will have a better sense of this, so for now, I chose one obvious spot.
What I had originally intended for this wall was: wall art at the very top, then paperbacks (and the shadowbox at the right end for small interesting things)... then the wall clear from the bottom of the paperbacks to the top of the bookcase. The top of the bookcase for a pleasant assortment of interesting objects of a medium size... then books solidly all the way down. There are several issues that have made this difficult, besides the obvious need to sort and organise. But I also don't really know where to put the things that ended up there by default instead of by intention. And I also have a problem because some of the books are too small for the bookcases (too short, and too shallow) and a few are too big and stick out!
Ikea frames that include a shadowbox insert, which makes framing the charters a lot simpler, as multiple mats to deal with the thickness of the wax seals are not needed.
I don't really want to put all the assorted memorabilia back up on that shelf, the family photos need a different wall for their home, and some of these trinkets and treasures are actually useful elsewhere. I'm liking how much more peaceful the library wall is beginning to look, and the upper shelf is so high that it is really hard to dust things that are living up in the sky like that. So, for now, these pretty and fascinating objects will get temporarily boxed up, until Phase 2 creates places for them to call home.
January SMART goals
January SMART goals
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||black/cream pinafore||brown pinafore hem||expired medicines|
|2||toile for knit pants||reframed charter||paper recycle|
|3||-||Wastekeep bid||bag of papers|
|4||-||charters on wall||bag of papers|
|5||-||topmost shelf cleared||-|