I had a path through my living room. An obstacle course to be exact. Storage bins piled one atop the other, cloth grocery bags stuffed amongst the bins, luggage and totes crammed into any available space. Trying to ignore the mountain of a mess while doing my paperwork was hard to do. Concentration on my primary task was hard to do with the nagging boxes and bins behind me. See for yourself the mess that I had.
Storage bins that reached out and scratched Joe and I as we traversed this room.
Luggage and totes is all I could see from my chair.
Tucked between the storage bins are totes….
More totes and cloth grocery bags….
Cloth grocery bags and more totes….
Cloth grocery bags and large trash bags……
Storage bins and more totes….
Multiple sizes of storage bins, along with totes…..
More cloth grocery bags along with tools….
Getting to the printer paper to run my financials was a chore since it was totally buried beneath this horrid mess.
Each of these bins and bags are filled with necessary items for our life out on the road and a whole lot of UNnecessary items. In too much of a hurry to put tools and equipment away in the proper bins while on the road, stuff was crammed into which ever bin or bag was the closest. Most times it was something that would be left home on our next “visit” and just chucked into the nearest bin or bag. I had my work cut out for me and I didn’t want any part of the job.
I located my kitchen timer and set a goal for myself. How many bins and bags could I empty in 15 minutes? I had to play a game with myself to get the ball rolling.
Before I set the time I had to find a space on the floor for three MORE bags. These bags are instrumental in getting this project underway. The “KEEP” bag is just that. Things I need to keep will be put in this bag.
While the sorting is underway I will need a bag for items that will go in the “GIVE AWAY” bag. These items will go to the Goodwill, Salvation Army, or our local Rescue Mission. The recipient would be decided later based on how far from home I wanted to travel to get this stuff out of our house.
The third bag is “TOSS”. That is where the things to be thrown away would end up.
Let’s get this started and over with. Crapazoid! This will be the first storage bin since it is the closest to me. Reach over and get the timer started then open the lid to the box. Let’s see what we have in here, shall we?
Oh, goody. Another box! And it looks like a plastic bag that could hold some trash in it. How about just closing the lid back up and forgetting this project for now. Nope, have to get this done. I can’t stand seeing this mess any longer.
I’ll start with the shopping bag. Oh, there are the scrubs I was looking for!
Joe’s scrubs. These scrubs were purchased in late spring or early summer. Our old ones were torn in places and stained with grease so badly we were an awful sight to see while we worked. People probably thought we were penniless in our torn and stained work clothes.
The storage bin, within the storage bin, holds the R134A air conditioning fluid and the hoses used to refill the A/C reservoir on the trucks we deliver. With the temperatures cooling down for us while we were out in October and early November we didn’t need to keep this box handy. So, it just got chucked into the first available bin.
Heat Wraps are in this bin along with the A/C fluid. I’ll be keeping all of these items so they will be transferred to the KEEP bag.
Oh, look. Another shopping bag. Hidden beneath the A/C box and the Heat Wraps. What could be in there?
Sensational! Trash! That is what is in that shopping bag. Well both of these items will get chucked into the TOSS bag.
Okay, do I keep this or do I give this away? A quick look at the timer to see how much time I have to decide on this item. I better keep it. I never know when Joe will go and do something to himself yet again.
Joe told me he had recently purchased two Truck Stop Guides. Well, here is one of them. This will go in the KEEP bag.
Hmmm, this looks interesting. A pouch. Just what I need….another storage device. Wonder what the heck is in there?
A lone pair of glasses. Joe’s reading glasses to be exact. I’ll keep the glasses and put the pouch in the GIVE AWAY bag. If the lone pair of glasses is all Joe had in the bag then I am going to assume this fantastic idea didn’t work for him.
Batteries, Double A’s that we constantly need. Audio books that help make the miles go faster. Fat lot of good they are doing us at the bottom of this bin. I think I see the other Truck Stop Guide down there. And it looks like office supplies as well. These will all go in the KEEP bag.
Printer paper. How long has THAT been in there? Quite a while I can tell you. The printer paper will go in the KEEP bag.
Looks like a can of soup is in here. That had to have been Joe’s purchase. Tomato soup gives me heartburn so I don’t eat it.
Expired OCTOBER OF 2011! Definitely going in the TOSS bag.
Notebook dividers with pockets. Why do we have those in here? These must be Joe’s so they will go in the KEEP bag.
This Expanding Folder will go in the KEEP bag as well. Joe may have had some idea for these but has since forgotten….since they are at the bottom of the bin.
Blank DVD’s?! What the heck are these for? This goes in the KEEP bag for Joe to decided what he wants to do with them.
I have put the office supplies in a box. There are more storage bins to go through and I’m sure I’ll find more. A quick look at the timer and I still have 10 MINUTES LEFT! Crapazoid. I guess I’ll go on to the next box.
One down! That wasn’t so bad. Maybe.
Kinda it was. Maybe even sorta, kinda, bad. 😀
Total time to go through those bins, bags, boxes, and totes? 47 minutes. Not even an hour! Man does it ever feel good to see the FLOOR once again. The storage bins were repacked, with Joe’s help, and everything was put in order. Like with like. Tools went in one storage box, equipment in another, and so on until we had the KEEP bag empty. Joe put some items in the GIVE AWAY bag. All the boxes we need on the road have been put back in the pickup and are out of the house. Yippy Skippy!
Dust? Nope not gonna mess with it today. I’m done. I completed the project I set for myself, reached my goal of getting the floor cleared and that is enough. Dust will be dealt with the next day.
USER FRIENDLY TIP:
Setting a small goal is the biggest thing you can do for yourself. You will be setting yourself up for SUCCESS instead of failure by just choosing one thing to do. If you have small children that need to have an eye kept on them you will be less stressed when you take the pressure off yourself.
The other bonus is you will have evidence of your accomplishment. That will add to your feeling of a job well done. The rest of the stuff…..leave it alone. You can get to it later. Your feeling good about yourself is the main idea of doing the major jobs in small chunks. Trust me….your family will thank you for it. Being kind to yourself, I mean. Because you will be kind toward them as well 😀