Yesterday was spent primarily going through bags of papers and miscellaneous little things that clog up my life. It was tedious, and after all was said and done, I didn’t have a lot to show for my efforts – a few empty bags, a bunch of trash, and a pile to run through the shredder. The house didn’t really look any better.
Today I rewarded myself for a job well done by focusing on easier, more fun things – things that made a difference.
Glassware went back into the hutch, boxes of games, DVDs, and CDs were emptied and their contents returned to drawers, and books returned to bookcases. This resulted in piles of empty boxes, and big empty spaces in the bedrooms where there were once just paths through the rooms!
I dragged the big silk tree back to its place, and moved a few tables back to where they belong.
And most of my wall treasures are back up.
But the part that was most fun was putting the scrapbook albums back into the library hutch. Well, putting them away wasn’t the fun part. I took a little time to look through them first. THAT was fun.
It occurred to me that although I am very, very far behind on my scrapbooking, I’ve been doing it for over 20 years, and I have lots of albums to show for it.
When I first started scrapbooking in 1997, I worked in 8 1/2″ x 11″ D-ring binders. I got off to a slow start, but by the time Hannah was born in 2004, I was kicking it. She has a LOT of documentation of her early years. I was much more prolific then than I am now, and the pages were a lot fancier. Even Bea’s first few months are well documented.
It wasn’t until the fall of 2008 that I started slaking off, and there is little to show of daily life. The photos were taken, they just weren’t put in albums. For some reason I shifted to prioritizing vacations, an even they are not ALL done.
In mid-2017 I cam up with the idea of a photo journal, and I’ve been doing pretty good keeping up with that.
In the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to get back to recording day to day life. I feel bad that Josh and Lulu have very little to see from their early lives.
But seeing what I’ve done in the past makes me want to get back into it in a big way.