You didn’t think I was finished with Mom’s Boxes, did you? Ha ha ha! Noooo! In fact, I haven’t done a thing on this project since my brother left in December to spend a year in Japan.
←These are a few of the resulting categories: Cassette tapes, Mini photo albums, Grandma & Grandpa’s letters, Ephemera to sell?, Sketch books, Grandpa 1920’s, Negatives, 60’s & 70’s photos.
So, what was the problem?
Last year, between Mother’s Day (May 14) and Mom’s Birthday (October 10), we took our time opening all 33 moving boxes in his backyard shed. We dusted them off, sorted, purged, and combined their contents into somewhat smaller, new storage boxes with lids. We put a few of them back in the shed for long-term storage, and the rest migrated over to my house. And there they sit. To be fair, this was the same year that something completely unexpected resurfaced in my life. You know the saying: Life is what happens when you’re making other plans!
Meanwhile, my garage (which I remodeled years ago as guest quarters and storage) was not only full of Mom’s Boxes, but getting more cluttered by the month with Christmas decorations, shipping boxes, clothing donations, you name it. Even if I wanted to work on the photos and other memorabilia there was no space to do it!
Sometimes organizers need help too!
I knew what needed to be done, of course. I am a professional after all! But…well…(and where have I heard this before?)…I wasn’t getting around to it on my own. So, I accepted the offer of a friend and NAPO colleague to come help me out. I’ll be returning the favor soon by helping her organize her home office. We’ve done this before, back when we, and a couple of our other local colleagues, got certified in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. We took turns being the client, to the point of leaving while the others redesigned a room in our home, returning later for the big reveal. It was an eye-opening experience to be the client, and also really fun.
When Leigh Ann Hensel showed up at my house I asked her to treat me like she would treat any of her clients. She wasn’t sure if that’s what I’d want, or if I’d have a plan in mind and she would just help.
As it turned out…
- We had lots of fun working together, and got lots done!
- Leigh Ann was the perfect organizer for me. But then, I already knew and liked her personality and style from being friends and working with her on group organizing projects.
- We agreed I was the best client ever in terms of being agreeable and getting rid of almost everything she suggested I might not need anymore. (There were only a few things I hadn’t already considered parting with.)
- Before the week was over I had loaded up all the donations into my car and taken them to Goodwill like I promised I would.
- I broke down all the empty boxes and loaded up my recycle bin twice, over the next two weeks.
- I still haven’t worked on Mom’s Boxes but now there’s room when I’m ready.
Of course, I took before and after photos!
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What needs organizing at your house? Please share in the comments below!
Do you need help? Call me, or a friend, or a NAPO or APPO or PONM organizer near you! (I know I’m not the only organizer who has needed help, because I’ve been hired by more than a few of them over the years!)
Future Mom’s Boxes episodes: The Gangster Hideout, Saving the Photos, Sharing the Photos, ???
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