I was reading through my past few blog posts, and I noticed a little bit of a trend in how I’ve been approaching organization in my own life. Namely, I’ve been putting it off.
I moved to the DC area a little over a year ago (that year went so fast!). We are currently renting a 1-bedroom apartment and are in the midst of trying to buy a house. We knew from the start that we were only going to stay in our apartment for about a year, so we kept furniture buying for this new apartment to a minimum. So without making many large purchases, I worked to organize and reorganize the space, making the small apartment feel like home and not overcrowded. At least, this is what I did initially.
Lately I’ve found myself thinking about improvements I could make around the apartment and then dismissing them since we’re going to be moving “soon”. Well no matter how soon “soon” really ends up being, why not just start today? What do I lose by making improvements today?
The answer: Nothing!
Here’s my short list of things to improve now:
- Pictures in picture frames – This has never been a strong suit of mine. I think it’s weird to have pictures of myself in my own place.. But I’m going to get over this. I’ve ordered prints and now just need to get them in the frames (which I already own even!).
- Hanging coat hooks – I’ve managed to get hooks inside all of my closets, but failed to hang up pretty much one of my favorite things in the house – our E & P hooks, which were a present from my sister and brother-in-law. Yes, I feel guilty about this.
- Purging extra books, clothes, and knick knacks – I was waiting until we actually found a house to do this, as I started packing. However, we’ve filled up our current apartment and I need to reclaim from space. It’ll be nice to have some empty shelves again.
- A spot for paper – Another weakness of mine – I hate dealing with paper. I’ve got the junk mail situation down, but not so much on the papers we actually need to keep. This is a longer term project for me. Step one will be research. I’m starting with the Freedom Filer system and Babara Hemphill’s Taming the Paper Tiger.
As I make progress on these projects, I’ll give updates!