I’ve been offline for three plus weeks. That’s the thing about blogging; it’s very telling. You just can’t ignore that date that screams “where have you been?” Once I even dismantled the date feature just because I felt bad about my unexpected absences. But I realized that wasn’t keeping it real and was a departure from authenticity. When life sometimes throws you curve balls and time is not on your side, something just has to give. Feel guilty about it is a waste of time but I do admire all the bloggers who can consistently deliver no matter what is going on in their personal lives. I have yet to find that magic formula.
My absence was due to working diligently to move my mother from one apartment to another. Initially, I thought no problem, same building, same floor, a weekend should suffice. Boy, was I so WRONG! By day 4, I realized the magnitude of the move and my time estimation skills were completely off. After eighty long hours over a two and a half week period, I am so glad operation apartment swap is over! With the exception of her bed, dresser and piano, I moved everything else. Let’s just say Motrin, became my friend and that is coming from a person who avoids taking medication whenever possible. Although I have a high tolerance for pain, my back was screaming for relief.
During the process, I had to strongly
demand encourage my mother to toss, donate or sell. Her apartment was bursting at the seams and she was ready for a new start. My philosophy is “everything in it’s place” and if you can’t find a place that is an indication that you you have exceeded the limits and something has to go.”
Paper and books are my mother’s downfall. Don’t get me wrong, I too love books. But I restrict myself by using the library as much as possible and being very selective if I happen to pay Barnes and Noble a visit. When the shelves at home get too full, I edit, edit, edit because the limits have been exceeded. And since her file drawers are still bursting at the seams, I will be introducing her to digital filing courtesy of Neat.
I use it all the time to tame the paper shrew that seems to rear it’s ugly head and take up way too much valuable real estate. It scans a stack of papers really quickly and what I really love is the double sided feature where it scans both sides of the page simultaneously. Let’s just say it lives up to it’s name because it is, in fact, really neat!
How about you? What accumulates or getss out of control in your home?