I started off this summer with a “to do” list that was quickly put aside when my father died. Other things took precedence for several weeks. There are still some tasks to be done and some issues to deal with in the coming months. However, most of my life has returned to “normal”…whatever that is…and so I have also returned to my list.
Yesterday I was relieved to complete the reorganization of my office closet. A silly undertaking by some standards, but I can’t begin to explain the “mental liberation” the completion of that one task has afforded me. I don’t know how true “hoarders” manage to live with their clutter! I will be the first to remind anyone that dust doesn’t bother me. My floor has not been mopped in two weeks. I will almost always choose to be outside gardening rather than inside cleaning. But clutter and disorder eats away at me for one simple reason: I can’t find things I need!
That fact was brought home to me by finding several photos, letters, documents, and newspaper clippings that I had either forgotten I had or didn’t even know I had. The last part of that statement is possible because after Mom died I simply dumped some of her papers and letters in a box and left them there. Forgot all about that box! And if I hadn’t cleaned out that box I would never have found this wonderful picture of Dad at his favorite place…the “coffee shop”. I don’t think he ever called it the DQ!
I also had a small box of Caddo papers that needed to be filed. I currently have six file drawers packed to capacity with Caddo information. When I started this little history project I had no idea where it would lead. I saved my Caddo computer files to a flash drive the other day and watched in amazement as the screen told me it was saving 6,000+ items! And of course organization is VERY important when I’m compiling a book or trying to help other researchers find something.
So…now I have a little over two weeks to rest, read, and relax before school starts. Of course I have the nagging thought that once I see my classroom closet I’ll have another big project to complete!