Organizing Paper

In the spirit of decluttering and organization in January, I have stopped everything (but the day job) to clean up my catch-all basket of shame.

Organizing Paper

Well…alright…there was more than one catch-all basket of patterns and ideas and such (I even found the crepe recipe that my son-in-law gave me who knows how long ago! How did that get in there?).

It all started when I realized that I couldn’t find what I was looking for.

Isn’t that how it always starts?

Organizing Paper

Organizing this stuff is hazardous!Β  I could get sooooo easily side-tracked!

I want to begin something new.

More than one something.

Gotta stay focused!

For fun; here is a photo of one of my poinsettias blooming.Β  I have two that are several years old.


And, yes…I am so proud that in spite of myself, and living in a northern clime, that these two plants are still doing so well.

Stay Safe!

Quilt On!

16 responses to “Organizing Paper

  1. Oh Laura, I spy cheddar leftovers on your desk! HA!
    Organizing often is the root of inspiration even if it gets interrupted in the process!
    The elderly poinsettia is impressive…


    • Indeed there are cheddar blocks on my cutting table. The quilt is still in time-out (marinating) while I decide what to do with it. To bad I wasn’t inspired to finish it yet. Ha, ha!

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  2. Hi Laura! So COOL about your two poinsettias. I was just talking to mine, taking a few dead leaves off of it. I’ve been watering from the bottom – I thought it might like that better but alas it is still dropping leaves. Congrats on organizing the papers! You’re my new hero. I can only imagine the tempting projects you’ve found. ~smile~ Roseanne


    • I am amazed with my poinsettias, Roseanne. Truly, they have survived in spite of me. I put them out in the spring and bring them inside in late fall. They spend the winter near two windows, and I water from above when I remember. Sometimes they drop leaves, and sometimes they get a haircut.
      That’s it, yet, they thrive. Oh…and I do talk to them. πŸ™‚

      Yup…I’m already inspired for my Focus list next year. Ha, ha!

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  3. There are some interesting collections in that picture. You may have to do some posts and share them up close and personal.


    • I am not sure what you are referring to, Donna. Collections of patterns? Fabric? What do you see? Sometimes when one sees it everyday, one doesn’t really see it. πŸ™‚


  4. Organizing is a big task. If you find a great method, kindly let me know. Years ago I took time to organize such paperwork in binders. I loved it, but during a downsize move I had to reduce down such binders significantly. I still have papers in binders, as well as a pile waiting for me to sort thru (you’ve inspired me to go thru them this month). But I have converted to keeping less paperwork and more electronically. I like being able to print them out when I’m truly ready to create with them, plus when I travel I thoroughly enjoy reviewing my electronic papers and it is easier to delete what I no longer want, but also a fun way to find creative inspiration when traveling w/o a sewing machine.


    • Darlene, I wish I could offer a better method of organizing, but I cannot. I, too, have kept electronic folders for years. It is a good way to do it. But I find that I really like sitting in my glider with a book, so I prefer the binders (and a cup of tea). Much of my paperwork comes from old magazines, and not online, so the binders work well for them.

      I may have an issue when it comes time to downsize, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it. πŸ™‚


  5. Well done for getting to the bottom of the pile of paperwork. I had a similar circumstance a few weeks ago when I wanted to find a particular piece of paperwork – I had a clear picture in my mind of what it was but no recollection of where I’d ‘safely’ stashed it! I had to do a lot of sorting, shredding (and a bit of grumbling!) before I finally found that pesky piece of paperwork. But the blessing is all the out-of-date of papers are gone and I know where and why I’m keeping the rest πŸ™‚
    I’ve managed to keep a Poinsetta alive for just over a year but all it’s foliage is now green so it didn’t add a lot of colour to our Christmas. Perhaps it hasn’t had enough light?


    • Yes, Allison, I feel good about the purge now. I do know where stuff is, and I have shredded, or given, quite a bit. It was a job worth doing! πŸ™‚

      I wish I had the answer as to how to get the poinsettia to bloom again. Mine are outside until it gets cold and then they spend all winter by the windows, so they do get a lot of light.


  6. Well done! I have an entire eight foot table of shame, but I’ve decided I’ll wait until I have a few projects completed so I can truly clean up…and I’m procrastinating!


  7. Well, I filed all the ‘paperwork’ that consumed my life in a closet that I NEVER go into. But I do believe that I have things I have downloaded and saved on the computer never to be done, but each year I get the bug and any that I printed out may go in the trash can also. But I am not there yet!
    Looking good and the poinsettia is absolutely beautiful!


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