I was searching for something on and off all day on Wednesday - and thinking about organization...
I called a photo repair shop and found out that Nikon has a five year warranty on their lenses. In order to send my broken lens in for repair, I need the original receipt and some other paperwork that came with the camera. No problem, I thought - I save everything (those of you who know me in real life know that this is true!).
I found all of the other paperwork, a neatly labelled file folder that says "Diane's New Nikon" (with the ad for the camera from 2007) but I still can't find that receipt. I have discovered through my searching that I have entirely too many outdated and useless bits of paper stashed around our house. In addition to reorganizing the craftroom, I need to do some serious purging all through the house. (Middle School newsletters when your youngest is a college graduate - it's time to let go!).
I will find that receipt. It must be here somewhere (though why it is not in the file or with the other papers is a mystery). The interesting thing is that I have come across all sorts of other things while I have been looking for that elusive receipt. Some are "priceless" and and some are ridiculous (the schedule of events at the public library from three years ago...). I'll keep looking until I find it and try to get rid of all of the outdated stuff that is just taking up space.
This was the daily quote in the Boston Globe on Wednesday. When I first read it in the morning I hadn't started on my search for the receipt. I assumed it would be in the file and it would only take a few minutes to track it down.
What this quote made me think about was the state of my crafting island. You may have noticed that the photos of the trimmer storage were pretty tightly cropped. That's because the top of the island is usually covered (and I mean really fully covered!) with bits and pieces from recent projects, things I just purchased and haven't put away, notes with ideas I want to try - you name it - it lands on the island.
While it is very untidy, I often find that when I am putting together a card or another project, some little bit or piece on the island gives me a great idea and helps me to create something that is better than what I may have originally planned. So the "things in my way" do lead to some happy accidents.
So the question is - how do you find the balance between having everything neatly put away (so there is no chance of having a "happy accident") and total chaos with the risk that you will never find what you are looking for?
What do you think? (...has anyone seen my receipt?)
Please leave a comment - I'd love to hear what you think about creating and keeping the balance between order and chaos. If you just wanted to see something cute or pretty today - here is a card I made a couple of years ago - you'll find the original post HERE.
Have a great day!
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