Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dec18_MissionOrganization

For the first time in years I have a real “staycation”. My company has a holiday shutdown for 2 weeks, and I had enough vacation days to be able to start my shutdown last Wednesday. So far the days were spent in manic card writing, last minute gift shopping, and gift wrapping. We sent out about 70 cards this year, and every year my husband makes a point to create our own card, create two versions of homemade calendar (one with best Anna’s pictures) and one with his penguin drawings, print calendars at Kinko’s and send them out to our friends and family. Every year we are talking about how we should start our holiday preparation earlier, and every year we fail to do so. As a result, I still have a monumental tasks of mailing about 20 calendar packages on Monday. I am just hoping that post office will not be such a zoo as it was the last week. And that brings me to my main goal for this break – mission organization! Time to recharge, rethink and reorganize!

Firstly, I am trying to use this time to reorganize a few things in the house that were bugging me for a while (including my paper-strewn desk). I started with closet clean-up and hauled out several boxes of clothing, books and toys to donate. Anna has been a good sport about it after some initial resistance. She even brought one of her toys that she really didn’t want to give up to Goodwill and told the gentleman in receiving that this is her favorite baby toy, but she wants to give it to babies who don’t have parents to take care of them. There are still ways to go, but I am hoping to be able to tackle one thing every day and arrive to a better organized house in 2 weeks. There is still, of course, a skeleton in a closet… eh… in a garage. That skeleton cannot be found, since our garage turned into a messy storage facility. I am pretty sure that we won’t be able to tackle it before New Year, but hopefully we can start on reclaiming this mess in January.

10 comments:

Our Little Family said...

Good for you! I seem to clean our main closet out every few months and somehow, it ALWAYS looks terrible. Ugh!

And, I love the calendar idea! What a fun keepsake for family and friends. I suggest getting to the post office when they open. I tried on Friday and it was ridiculously busy. Hoping Monday morning won't be as terrible. :-/

Adriana said...

Way to go! We do the calendars too. This year I made one for us to keep too. I have been on a organizational mission since Thanksgiving and it is progressing slowly. I am off work for two weeks too and I am hoping to get more done. We'll see.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Way to go! I started a new cleaning/unpacking/reorganizing strategy at the beginning of this month, and it seems to be working well for me. I'm going to continue on it in the new year. I don't really make new year's resolutions, but if I did, it would be to get more organized/clean around here.

Ticia said...

The calendar is a good idea. I've been slowly working at cleaning, but it's a slow thing. We have yet to send out Christmas cards. I've at least got most of our Christmas card addresses organized...... Mostly.
We've been slowly purging stuff, and I actually have a couple of big tubs to take over to Goodwill soon.

MaryAnne said...

I'm impressed! Our cards have yet to be sent, and presents aren't wrapped. And I have a ways to go in terms of getting organized, too...

Cindy said...

Good luck with the organization. Taking baby steps is what I find really helps me. And only do one area at a time. Sometimes I find I am running from room to room and nothing gets done.

Debbie said...

Oh how fun! It seems like a never ending job to keep the clutter of out grown clothes and toys under control. We get to start this fun task this week!

Susana said...

You have some big organizing goals!

I am so happy for you getting to be home and hope you enjoy each minute of it, whether cleaning, organizing or relaxing with your family.

That is so sweet that Anna wants to "give to babies whose parents don't take care of them."

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I as well have the organization itch! I can not wait to get started after Christmas.

Eva said...

oo cool I just realized this is a organization series :)