Organizing Challenges Mini Organizing Challenges: February For each week of February, our mini challenges will be focused on “Organizing Your Memories.” Week 1 (February 1 - 7) Organize a box of printed photos, or a set number of your digital photos. Do you have old printed photos you’ve been meaning to sort and get into a photo album or photo box? Handle that project this month. If you have an overload, just organize one box, or one pile, or organize for one hour to prevent overwhelm. If you don’t have printed photos, but rather digital photos, begin sorting those digital images into categorized folders on your computer. Week 2 (February 8 - 14) Organize greeting cards and letters. If you recycle birthday cards and letters shortly after you receive them, this won’t apply to you. If you’re the sentimental-type, on the other hand, you may have boxes of greeting cards and letters (maybe birth announcements and wedding invitations too) you’ve received throughout the year. Use this week to get those organized. Weed out what you don’t need, and get the rest organized into categorized file folders or memory boxes. My personal rule for greeting cards and letters is…I keep those received from my husband and daughter, as well as any from others that include a very sentimental, personal note. If it’s just a typical “Dear Maria…From, Gina,”, for example, I recycle those. Week 3 (February 15 - 21) Declutter and organize souvenirs. Do you buy a souvenir from every trip you take…or do you keep those that others have given you from vacations they’ve taken? What about wedding and shower favors? It’s easy for these to build up and begin taking up a large amount of space. My personal rules are: a) I display those that are meaningful and fit in with our current decor, b) I store those that are meaningful, but don’t necessarily match our current decor…in ONE BOX. If it doesn’t fit in the box, it gets donated. Sometimes this forces me to donate something in the box, so the new item can be added. We browse through the box from time to time when we’re feeling sentimental. My final rule is c) if it has little meaning to anyone in my family or especially if we can’t even remember where it came from, it gets donated. Week 4: (February 22 - 28) Weed out and organize kids artwork and school work. Kids are always bringing home artwork, essays, tests they achieve an A+ on, etc. Paper, paper, and more paper. Keeping everything for each child/grandchild from preschool through high school graduation can result in an overwhelming load of paper. Here’s my recommendation. Collect everything your child brings home in one large box (feel free to display it on the fridge for a week before adding it to the box if you wish.) At the end of the school year, work with your child to choose a limited number of paper/pieces to represent the school year. Then, add those to a box and recycle the rest. Alternately, tape all of your child’s artwork to a few bulletin boards, have the child stand in front of the creations, snap a photo…and keep the one digital image rather than the 50 pieces of artwork.
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Organizing Challenges Mini Organizing Challenges: February For each week of February, our mini challenges will be focused on “Organizing Your Memories” Week 1 (February 1 - 7) : Organize a box of printed photos, or a set number of your digital photos. Do you have old printed photos you’ve been meaning to sort and get into a photo album or photo box? Handle that project this month. If you have an overload, just organize one box, or one pile, or organize for one hour to prevent overwhelm. If you don’t have printed photos, but rather digital photos, begin sorting those digital images into categorized folders on your computer. Week 2 (February 8 - 14): Organize greeting cards and letters. If you recycle birthday cards and letters shortly after you receive them, this won’t apply to you. If you’re the sentimental-type, on the other hand, you may have boxes of greeting cards and letters (maybe birth announcements and wedding invitations too) you’ve received throughout the year. Use this week to get those organized. Weed out what you don’t need, and get the rest organized into categorized file folders or memory boxes. My personal rule for greeting cards and letters is…I keep those received from my husband and daughter, as well as any from others that include a very sentimental, personal note. If it’s just a typical “Dear Maria…From, Gina,”, for example, I recycle those. Week 3 (February 15 - 21): Declutter and organize souvenirs. Do you buy a souvenir from every trip you take…or do you keep those that others have given you from vacations they’ve taken? What about wedding and shower favors? It’s easy for these to build up and begin taking up a large amount of space. My personal rules are: a) I display those that are meaningful and fit in with our current decor, b) I store those that are meaningful, but don’t necessarily match our current decor…in ONE BOX. If it doesn’t fit in the box, it gets donated. Sometimes this forces me to donate something in the box, so the new item can be added. We browse through the box from time to time when we’re feeling sentimental. My final rule is c) if it has little meaning to anyone in my family or especially if we can’t even remember where it came from, it gets donated. Week 4: (February 22 - 28): Weed out and organize kids artwork and school work. Kids are always bringing home artwork, essays, tests they achieve an A+ on, etc. Paper, paper, and more paper. Keeping everything for each child/grandchild from preschool through high school graduation can result in an overwhelming load of paper. Here’s my recommendation. Collect everything your child brings home in one large box (feel free to display it on the fridge for a week before adding it to the box if you wish.) At the end of the school year, work with your child to choose a limited number of paper/pieces to represent the school year. Then, add those to a box and recycle the rest. Alternately, tape all of your child’s artwork to a few bulletin boards, have the child stand in front of the creations, snap a photo…and keep the one digital image rather than the 50 pieces of artwork.
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