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This stack of papers has been here for years!
It started off as a good idea.
A few years ago, my mom put a jumbo spiral notebook in this corner of the kitchen to record phone messages, to-do lists, etc. (She wanted all of us to use it to keep messages organized, but alas – only she used it.) It worked wonderfully for her. And I am sure it would for us. But slowly the pile got bigger so that the book is lost underneath the clutter and chaos.
My mom is rarely here now – for those of you who don’t know, my family shares a house with my mom. But we have our home office out of Susan’s house a couple blocks away and since she works almost all the time, she pretty much lives there! So she has her phone line forwarded there most of the time and doesn’t take many messages and calls here anymore.
I am going to tackle this mess – and find out all what is in there – and then decide if any notebook or system will remain in that corner.
I am putting up this before picture now in case any of you early birds want to link up tonight. I will update with my after shot in a couple hours when I am done.
Here is my after shot. I sorted through all the papers and old catalogs, filed the important papers and got rid of the rest. I decided the book is a great idea, but I moved it to my bookshelf next to the kitchen table. The phone sitting there is an extra one we are not currently using, but I keep it handy for when the power goes out and the cordless phones do not work.
What are you working on?
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