Ive just been shoving stuff in boxes and drawers
In the last 3 weeks, weÂve had two people pop up out of the blue to look at our apartment. Since we're not officially on the market, and we've been busy (and lazy), we havenÂt been strict w/ ourselves (and esp. not with the kids), so the tidying up has taken a lot of time, and IÂve been resorting to just taking an entire stack of papers or stuff and shoving it into a box or a drawer. These last 3 weeks have been crunch time at work (closing the summer issue), so I havenÂt been home much, and there have been OTHER things to eat up the time (like folding laundry).
Lots of it is paperwork that needs action, but I havenÂt had (or havenÂt taken) time to photocopy, mail, whatever. So IÂm a little worried about getting back to it, etc.
And a lot of it is stuff that just can go out, but IÂm not SURE about that, so I canÂt just toss it; I need time to work through the stack.
So, guess what IÂm going to be doing for the next month? I think IÂm going to try to "do a dozen" out of each drawer. And maybe restrict it to paperwork.
Because the OTHER type of thing that is in these drawers and boxes is stuff of the kidsÂ that I donÂt know where to put--the cloth doll she made for an English project; the Pinewood Derby cars from this year and last; the game from the math project.
And I think if I try to deal w/ those, IÂll short-circuit. ItÂll take too long; itÂs not an easy puzzle to figure out, since every available shelf in the house is full of stuff. So I think IÂll just let those things "float" in the box or drawer, and deal with papers only.
And if I set the bar low (12 pieces of paper required; any more is gravy), itÂll keep me from getting overwhelmed at the multistep process needed to handle some of them.
Maybe I should use this thread to check in each day, to keep myself from chickening out.