Forget snow days, I had a snow week this week. Sunday night brought a pretty substantial snowfall, enough to make roads impassible for two days and a little tricky for the second half of the week. The result? A slow-moving world and a somewhat-faster-moving me.
My only complaint would be that I was not able to work the two days (fourteen hours) I was scheduled to work. Having a substantial block of time to work on home projects, though, allowed me to get knee-deep in things that otherwise would have taken me a bit longer. It was nice to have a chance to build momentum for the year.
During the week I was able to:
- identify 100+ items to declutter & post them (today I’ve had another burst of productivity on this front)
- scan my receipts from 2010 (I’m almost done with this project)
- organize my hope chest (I use this for all non-hanging, non-pajama/underwear/workout clothes)
- reorganize my dresser (it moonlights as a bedside table; it holds the pajamas/underwear/workout clothes)
- get my notebooks organized for the upcoming semester
After three days inside, I spent Thursday about town, tying up the ends to some of these projects. For instance, I:
- exchanged the wine stopper, #31, at Ross, and was able to get a penny and 4 pairs of socks for my mom (she had been needing them)
- returned the pound of coffee, #43, to Starbucks; the guy put a credit of $10 on my gift card, and then he realized the coffee was nearing expiration (it was pretty new to me, so I didn’t think to check it); he ground the coffee and gave it back to me, and then he gave me the coffee I purchased on sale (free soy upgrade)
- swung by the consignment shop to pick up a check for $75.06 for items I took in the fall (which won’t be counted for the challenge, as they were 2010’s decluttering)
- took my friend K her items (#3, shaving cream, #76, cotton rounds, #77, Qtips, etc.)
Also, I randomly got a $20 check from the hospital (I’m assuming that insurance covered more than I expected from an MRI I had in August), and I received $34.30 from two books I sold on Amazon. Interestingly, the hospital check + Amazon check + consignment check + Starbucks credit come to about the same amount that I would have made if I’d been able to work! Of course, I had counted on those going above my regular income, but what great timing that it filled in the gap just perfectly!
The next semester starts on February 1 for me. Until then, I hope to keep my productivity in high gear. I think another big declutter push this week will put me in a pretty good spot for a while (as in, my room will be tidy enough to be livable, and I can just slowly collect declutter items and drop them in my milk crate as I find them, rather than posting almost daily about what’s getting the boot).
The new project I want to tackle is figuring out how to get my computer organized. I need to develop a better filing system, revamp my passwords, look into backing-up my documents (online and external hard drive), etc. Now that I have a scanner, I’m more interested in reducing the amount of paper I’ve got going on. I’ll probably always want some sort of paper system, but it could definitely work on a much smaller scale. Whether I reduce my paper usage or not, though, it’s not a bad idea to have important documents secured digitally. There are several helpful pieces I’ve read over the last year on how to get my computer in order; a post by Laura at No More Spending reminded me that I need to get going on this project!
Hope you had a nice weekend!