So far you’re doing great!
Some of you have really outdone yourselves (and most certainly outdone me).
Ready for the next challenge?
Today’s task is:
Clear off a flat surface in your sewing area
I confessed not long ago to being a pilemaker. Deanna says I’m just a “visual organizer”, but visual organizing can seriously hamper productivity if you do it right, like I do!
Honestly, I don’t know how it happens. I start out with a clean area, and before you know it, piles! And not only do I make piles, but they grow and morph over time until they become large fixtures . . . in not-so-handy places. Do you do this, too?
If so, now’s our chance to get control of at least one flat work surface in our sewing areas, so we can start the new year off with a fresh clean place to work.
Now, you can simply move the piles elsewhere in order to have that clean surface, but wouldn’t you feel much better if you actually dealt with the piles as you were cleaning and put everything away in its rightful place (or made a place for it)? Sure you would!
I was going to wimp out and choose my mailing counter as my flat surface to clean, simply because it’s mostly clean right now and wouldn’t take much effort.
But in the interest of really having a fresh new start to 2011, I opted instead for the much tougher task of cleaning off my island. Now this is something I’ve been supposed to be working on all month for my Quilter’s Accountability Reports, and I had made a little progress, but had a couple backslides, too.
Today, I felt the urge to get really serious. I mean, 2011 is sooo close. I don’t have much time left! Here’s my before shot, taken yesterday:I’m completely embarrassed. What a disaster! And trust me, this is NOT staged for dramatic purposes. This is how I’ve been “working”. I know . . . you’re wondering how I even found my oldest UFO for yesterday’s post! I’m obviously not one of those people who works on only one thing at a time. I can identify pieces and parts of at least 10 different projects in this shot alone, and there’s more out of sight! What is wrong with me?
But . . . here’s what it looks like now:Yes, I had to really kick it into gear to get all this done in time to post, but it’s just the boot in the patoot I needed. And you have no idea what a breath of fresh air it is! (Well, you will if you, too, do this task.) Trust me, I did this same task a year or so ago, and it did NOT stay this way. Maybe I need to offer myself a mini-challenge on a more frequent basis to keep it under control? My plan is to never have more than 2 projects on top at a time, just like there is right now. If I resolve to completely clean it off like this once a month, think I can do it? I don’t know . . . time gets away from me.
So . . . your task for today is before you . . .
Some of you will find this very simple. Others of you, who might be like me, will be groaning as I was when I first started. But I’m proof it can be done. You just have to concentrate and use a little elbow grease . . .
C’mon! I showed you mine . . . now show me yours!