My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #529: Organizing Can Be Quite Therapeutic

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-21-2011 12:39 PM 1286 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 528: The Domino Effect Part 529 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 530: More on Organization - Finally Finished! »

Today you are all going to get the ‘cheap version’ of a blog I am sorry to say. It seems like a long time since I have had the opportunity to sit down and think, let alone write.

We are in the final stages of reorganizing, and fortunately for us, there is almost nothing left to clean out. That is the good thing about having a small place. We have been through just about every closet, cabinet and drawer in the place and have not only taken inventory, but pared down what we didn’t absolutely need. It has been exhausting, but it is beginning to look really good and it will be great to get back to work in such an organized environment.

We had also stored some things at Keith’s grandmothers’ house. She had passed away last summer and the house has been up for sale. Getting the things out of there has been one of those back burner priorities that we all have and although we knew we would have to do it eventually, we kept putting it off until later.

But yesterday we decided to bite the bullet and we went over there and cleaned everything out of there too. There were two full car loads and a SUV loaded with stuff and we brought it all to Keith’s parents’ house where we have a designated corner in their basement for storing our things. We had three piles – donate, keep and garbage and were very systematic about sorting and storing everything.

It really didn’t take too long considering, and we were fortunate that Keith’s mom had a wonderful roast beef she was going to have for dinner. (I guess we picked a good day to surprise her!) By the time we were finished, I think there were less boxes and containers there than what we started with, so everyone was happy. We finished off the day with a wonderful meal (that I didn’t have to cook!) and the wonderful feeling that everything is in one place. Right after dinner, Keith fell asleep on the couch for a bit. It was a combination of him being exhausted and also the dust was getting to his allergies and he took a Benedryl and was out like a lite. I hated to wake him to drive home, as we each had our own cars. We were happy it was a short ride.

This morning we are going to get an early start again and do the finishing up on this so we can get back to real work. My email box is loaded and the only things I really answered were customer and order related stuff. After the gym, we have to go back to his parents house for one more trip so that we can haul the garbage to the dump so we want to get moving .

I always feel good when doing things like this. I find that for myself, clutter adds to my own anxiety when I have a lot of deadlines or things to do. Even though it takes time to get to this point, it is a great feeling once I am done sorting and cleaning and it is nice to sit back and look around the room and see very little clutter. The closets are good too, and every box is labeled so that we know where our supplies are and can access them easily. It is well worth the couple of days of chaos.

I am sure it doesn’t make for exciting blog reading, but I do hope that I inspire some of you who are feeling overwhelmed to maybe evaluate things and do some sorting. You would be amazed how much more productive a clean and organized shop can be, and how much more you will enjoy working in it. Cleaning things can be quite therapeutic.

I wish you all a wonderful Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 03:10 PM

Hi Sheila;

Now those are some organized cats. Is it don e by size or color?

I guess your system really works!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 03:48 PM

cheap blog huh

i’ll give you $1(us)
for the instructions

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 11-21-2011 09:05 PM

Nice way to organize you cats!

You sure have a BUNCH of’em! Nice bunch!

Y’all have a good one too.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 09:27 PM

You guys are fun! :) No, they are not my kitties. Just a picture I found. Mine took their “wild” pills and have been into everything though. They love chaos and mess and it is a huge adventure for them. Boxes too. Lots and lots of boxes.

Almost done here. Just finishing up some things today and I should be back to ‘normal’ by tomorrow. Thanks for being a cheering section these past couple of days. It has been fun!

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 12:34 AM

if your instructions and story can´t inspire to get people organised
then they just have to consult the one who made it possiple to take that photo of the cat-stack
that is an awesome photo …. from one who knows how difficult it is to take good pictures of animals :-)

thanks for sharing it Sheila
have a great evening


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 01:03 PM

I thought it was cool too, Dennis! I love finding these silly kitty photos. They always make me smile. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 04:39 AM

Hey Sheila,

Just wanted to let you know that I always find your blogs so encouraging and just right on. I rarely get to read much more than the title. But I am still glad for your work.


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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