Last Saturday, we had a free morning. The first thing on our schedule was a soccer tournament game at 3:30pm. Wha...what?!?! We (almost) never get a free Saturday morning. I started my morning by enjoying my Chai/Bible time. Then, I was like, "oh my goodness...what do I want to do with my free time?". I didn't need to spend 2 hours with the kids on their school work...I mean, total free time. I was walking around "blessing" my house (flylady.net anyone?) and I thought, "I know what my project for this week is going to be". Clean/organize my scrapbook area. This area is in a corner in my little Sewing Studio, right off the kitchen. It's really a dream. So, why do I allow it to look like this?
I went over to my "Weekly List" that I print out and added Scrapbook Area to my To Do list for the week. Then, I went right over and started working on it. Why wait till Monday? I got so immersed, that before I new it, I was done! It was so much fun! In the past, I have left my scrapbook stuff packed and ready, because the neighbor ladies and I have been scrapping once a month together for years. Well, we have really been struggling lately to get anything on the calendar, so I thought, until things slow down (ha ha), why don't I just unpack it all and try to scrap at home once in a while?
My first step was to clear out. Little red vacuum that I never use, moved to a new location. Ribbons hung on the wall on two old nails that used to hold a calendar, gone. Then, I started unpacking the bags that were used to haul my stuff, and began organizing the contents.
What I ended up with was a cute little table that I could actually pull a chair up to! I used to just bring my project to the kitchen table, but now, I can work on it right here!
And, work on a project I did. I sat right down and finished November 2009. Finishing Nov '09 is kind of a long story...somehow I didn't print the photos for that month, so I had actually moved on from that point and needed to go back and finish it once I finally printed the photos. Well, I was finally able to complete that book and present it to my kids. They have been pouring over our scrapbooks ever since. I only have 3 months left to finish up for 2010 and then I get to start 2011. Maybe with my new, clean, little desk, I will get caught up!
You should know...I do very simple scrapbooks. I used to try to get all wild and crazy with them (like my talented neighbor ladies!), and then a while back, I came to a decision. "Tiffany (I said), you can't do it all!". You don't have the time to make "scrapbooking" your thing. You love to sew and cook...you are homeschooling your kids...you enjoy a clean house...you don't have any more time in your life for another hobby. I couldn't give up scrapbooking totally because I knew how important these photos and memories are to my family. So, I decided to just simplify. I just use fun papers, and a sticker here and there. I hand-write my journaling and my tags for where we are. It is also my goal to not buy any more scrapbooking supplies (only adhesive). I want to use up what I have.
Pick a space in your house to organize this week!!!
"One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much." Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh