Thursday, July 5, 2012

More Challenging Than I Expected

Still pumped full of adrenaline from the success of Day One, I decided that I would tackle my three-drawer nightstand, all of the big baskets and flat surfaces around the bedroom, and the walk-in closet all on Day Two. Did I mention that I tend to be a bit of an optimist?

Again I decided to dump everything out on the bed. If it works, why change it? Rowan, my thirteen-year-old puppy, is less than thrilled with having to share "his" bed with all of this crap, by the way, but what can you do?

I knew that the bottom drawer was mostly technology (chargers, power cords, warranties) but I had no idea that I would find a Gratitude Journal from 1998, (It ended two days before my grandfather died.) a journal of "Morning Pages" that my mom talked me into keeping from 1996, another journal from 2000, and a Day Planner from 2008. Why did I still have all of that? And why in the bottom drawer of my nightstand?

I threw away all of the journals. I did keep my Gratitude Journal, though. I had gotten out of the habit for a while, but have been trying to keep a Gratitude Journal daily for the last two years. It helps. Looking back at the old one was pretty cool.

I corralled all of the cords. Tossed the ones to technology we no longer possess, bagged all of the warranties and owner's manuals together, and put that drawer back in order fairly quickly.
The top two drawers were a bit more challenging.

I found five, yes five, sleep masks! Yes, I am sleep-challenged, but how many sleep masks can one person use? The scariest part is that I kept three of them - they were filled with lavender and flax seeds. The ones I am using are losing their scent. What? I need them! Move on! I put them back in a very organized way where I can reach them when I am having trouble sleeping, give me a break!...Sorry, I think that was the voices in my head, not yours, arguing with me. ( I won.) Keeping the well organized, easy-to-reach, flax and lavender filled sleep masks.

At any rate, I found greeting cards, directories, receipts, lip balm, hand salve, pepper spray, pens, a blood pressure cuff, book marks, and so much more in the drawers than I had any intention of ever trying to put back!

This abundance prompted a trip to the store to replenish my supply of organizational tools. Things do need to have a designated home within the drawers, after all. Unfortunately, after everything had been sorted, cleaned, and delivered to its appropriate resting place it was well into the dinner hour. Where had the day gone? What about the closet and the rest of the bedroom?

The beauty of this challenge is that I have created the schedule, so I can modify it! And at the end of the day, I am still an optimist!


  1. Love your summer organization challenge! You are motivating me to start my own challenge too! Keep posting updates and pics!

  2. That's what I like to hear! A bunch of people on FB said that, too, that's why I put it on the blog. I will keep going and posting as soon as I defeat the Demon Migraine. You can totally do this, too, after the 10th. Just start small and take pictures. It makes you feel so much better.