Thank you so much for coming over to visit. I so appreciate just sitting on my floor of my office listening to your stories, your philosophies and your thoughts ruminating in your mind. Though we did not put up pictures, you DID inspire me with your emphasis of the “seed”–creating one small space beautiful. So, I went to the store and got a few organizing baskets and created one drawer in my office that is now organized so that I can FIND things instead of dig for them and wind up feeling tired and frustrated. It felt good just to do that…I looked around the room and felt a bit overwhelmed by all the clutter (hidden or not)…but, I just keep looking at my drawer knowing that I did that. Now, if only I can organize my computer files and images…. =)
Thanks for checking in! It seems like once my email inbox turns the corner (over 50 goes to the next page), I forget what’s there! I keep my school inbox empty or at least manageable, but our home computer has issues so I don’t always log on and check/delete email. That said, how are you doing? Lots of classes being offered! Some on dates that don’t work for me; others too far away. But you got me thinking! Again!
We have completed most of the kitchen list. My neighbor is doing a remodel and I’ve been watching closely. I want to make changes but am slow to make decisions. Sometimes that’s a good thing.
After 25 years with our old furniture, [we] splurged on two new Lazy Boy recliners. Of course, we got stuck in the mess of the franchises not delivering in a timely fashion. It took over four months…and WE had to go get them from their South Center warehouse. Oh well! They ARE very nice, however!
When I start to pile again, I remember your lessons and tips and try to declutter or find the right spot for things right away. I continue to weed out closets and get rid of things not wore or used for over a year or two…
It seems I still struggle at times, but [we] are slowly making changes that work for us.
I enjoyed the class you gave so much, and I feel I can learn a lot from you. Thank you for taking the time to teach us how to organize our time. I am trying to follow your suggestions.
I do want to do well with the home management job. I feel inadequate at it most of the time. I can’t quite seem to get into a rhythm with it that doesn’t bore me to tears. 🙂 I remember from a class that you taught that if you know what you are doing it should take 4 hours to clean [and run the home] each day, so I currently set the timer for 4 hours and try to work the whole time. It takes up my whole morning but then when C— takes a nap at noon I feel guilt free about taking a nap or reading a book or watching a movie. Anyway. I’m trying to focus on rejoicing in what I do accomplish without being overwhelmed by the undone.
I want to tell you how very much J—e, J—a and I enjoyed your classes! of course, J—e and I have immediately gotten into sorting, organizing, etc…..and today J—a (on her own) unloaded the dishwasher !!! this has never been a task for the kids (altho’ I suggested it could/ should be:-) and she just took it upon herself to do it!!! that’s my CROWING for today !!!!
back to my kitchen counter tops…. which I have very little of….but they are going to be less full!!!!
Thanks for all you do Beverly you are such a joy to be around and I’ve ordered your scone book….can’t wait to try a recipe… I’ve never made scones !!!!!
I was in attendance at the two classes you taught at the…Library and I wanted to say thank you very much for all the information you shared with us.
The relationship between clutter and emotional well being is such an interesting study. What I am working with most from your classes at this time is, “What is the consequence of not doing this activity?” Ugh….those consequences can provide the motivation that otherwise isn’t there.
I attended your… Library presentation and liked it very much. I found it really helpful that you addressed the psychology of clutter and why we can’t let go of things, and I could really identify with the causes.
I have an additional problem in finding a place to take the things I’ve finally decided to let go of. It feels like they are little pets that I have to find a good home for, rather than just dumping them off at the Goodwill. And for some items, I think they might be worth some money, but don’t want to have people coming over from Craigslist to my home to look at them. So, why can’t I just take them to a thrift store and forget them?
I should probably get one of the books you recommended, to try and understand this. But if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thanks again for your great talk!
It’s been some time since I had been able to attend one of your classes and I need a “tune-up”, I always learn new things in your classes.
My husband hordes, & is mid-stage Alzheimer’s, I have be very careful on how about I go about doing things, I call it “going thru the back door”.
One of the things I learned from you that has helped a lot since I have very little time to sort, ditch, etc., your trick to do little at a time at a time, works great, thank you so much for your common sense way of doing things.