tackling bigger projects (inspired by the paper piles post)

March 26, 2015

I was going to write about my social life (or ummmm, lack thereof) today, but we’ll table that for perhaps tomorrow or next week.

I really liked hearing your paper organization tips on yesterday’s post.  I’m still undecided as to whether it makes sense to convert to a digital/scanned system.  Honestly, my gut feeling is no.  It sounds like a lot of work, and I think I would find myself saving things digitally that I probably don’t need to save.  Digital clutter counts too!

I think our method will be to mostly just streamline as much as possible.  I know there is a ton of stuff in that cabinet (there’s a whole second drawer beneath the one shown yesterday, and Josh also has a small ‘secondary’ cabinet filled with god-knows-what).  However — Josh posed this question last night — when are we going to do this?

It seems like the psychic energy needed to bust through a project like this would most likely appear on a weekend.  Perhaps a Saturday where we get up and then just organize papers for several hours.  That sounds great, but Cameron would end up eating the papers and Annabel would be wanting to ‘help’ and the whole endeavor would be absolutely impossible.

if I write it, it gets done.  Usually.

This led me to think of potential ways we could tackle the project:

1) Hire a babysitter for time dedicated to do this.  Except I’d rather do something more fun when we have a babysitter.  Like a date night, or even get in a workout (if it’s one of Josh’s call weekends)

2) Do it on a rare day off when our nanny is here.  This one has promise, but those days are few and far between.  I do have a couple of them coming up over the next couple months, though.   Downside is I really would prefer Josh do this project with me — he is a Kon-Mari enabler (i.e., actually HELPS motivate me to get rid of unneeded things!) and of course many of our documents pertain to both of us.

3) Set a timer each night after the kids are in bed for 15 minutes of file sorting.  This would drag the whole thing out, but perhaps we’d be able to make a lot of progress in a month or so.  20 x 15minutes = 5 hours.

How do you like to deal with big projects — especially with kids making long stretches of dedicated time a challenge?  I successfully put together our 2013 photobook last year working in fits and starts, and I’m almost ready to start with 2014.

PS: For Jen, who commented that she was relieved to hear I had paper piles — sorry to disappoint.  BUTTTT of course I do accumulate clutter just like anyone else (even Marie Kondo, probably).  We do have one mild paper explosion zone (shown below) but this is strictly Josh’s stuff.

not pretty!

And, here was my small paper explosion last night, before & after:
almost everything here just needed to be shredded which makes me wonder why it accumulated in the first place
ahhhh much better
also, you never know when you need a Frozen sticker “reward” so those are staying!

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