Monday, March 5, 2012

A Weekend of Purging and Reading

Do you remember how I purged my bedroom of mountains of paper in the month of January? It felt so good and my room is so much bigger, I decided to tackle my basement of paper. It's not really totally filled with paper, but it did have thirteen bankers boxes of paper, which, yeah, is a lot. (I can't seem to throw away any piece of paper that my children colored or wrote on. It's so hard!)

But I'm being brutal now. I can't possibly scrapbook or keep all the paper from my children's school years. So, *gasp* I'm throwing it away.

Of course I'm going over with each child which papers they would like to go in their keepsake binders, but pretty much, we're throwing it all away. (And now Phil Collins is going through my head--throwing it alllll awaaaay . . .)

I think the thing that gratifies me the most, (besides the fact that so far within the piles of paper I've found a total of $70 and out of the thirteen boxes I cleared three boxes over the weekend), is how much better and bigger our downstairs family room looks. I had those boxes stacked and without them there, it really does look more welcoming. I know, I know, I have ten boxes to go, but if I do two a day this week, I'll be done by Friday. Woot!

Although I don't know if I can get up the gumption today. I stayed up until 1 a.m. reading Rachel Nunes' new book, Final Call. I LOVE the detective in this book---Shannon Martin. Rachel currently has us in a triangle with our heroine, Autumn Rain, Detective Yummy Shannon Martin, and Autumn's best friend the dark-eyed, dread-lock wearing tough guy with a heart of gold Jake. Yeah, I'm totally loving this triangle (but I'm on TeamShannon for sure) and hence the reason why I stayed up waaaaay too late. I'm dragging a little today.

So, the boxes are calling to me to clear them, but my book is calling to me to finish so I can see who ends up with Autumn! Decisions, decisions . . .

What would you rather do, sort papers or read? How do you motivate yourself? Maybe I should try, clear one box and read four chapters or something. That might work. Wish me luck!


Melanie Goldmund said...

Naturally, I'd rather read than sort papers, but occasionally, the urge to clean something comes upon me, and I start organizing. (Those times are rare, though.) How do I motivate myself? I used to use food as a reward, now I'm trying to find other ways, such as watching something on tv or film that I've been looking forward to.

I do like the method of doing a measurable amount of work, so that you have a clear goal, and then giving yourself a reward for achieving that goal, so I'll wish you luck in that!

Jordan McCollum said...

I've been trying to declutter for just 15 minutes a night. I mostly hate it, so to be honest, every day it gets harder and harder to do it, but the piles are getting smaller!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Thanks, Melanie!

Jordan, I love the fifteen minute rule. It saves my sanity I think. LOL

Debra Erfert said...

Just read the book, Julie!
I don't know how you can stand not knowing the end!

Charlie Moore said...

I sure hope you don't mind my intruding on you RS sisters from time to time. Speaking of reading, I finally made my first purchase on my Nook color, which I received for Christmas. So what did I buy? Scriptures.

Sarah Pearson said...

Read the book or you won't be able to concentrate on the boxes :-)

Rachel Ann Nunes said...

Oh, Julie, you are hilarious! I cleaned out my office last year and it felt so good, but I don't know how you do it with a little one. Confession: I didn't even get dressed yesterday! Fortunately I can write in my pjs. Glad you are enjoying my book. I've already written the next one and thinking about one more. These characters are fun to write about! Good luck on the boxes!

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, it was all your fault. After I read your comment I just HAD to know the ending, so I only got one box purged. But it was worth it. *sigh* I loved that ending. :)

Charlie, you are ALWAYS welcome here. We need your input!

Sarah, boy were you right!

Rachel, you are KILLING me. Please, please, please let me be a beta reader for the next one in the series. I have to know what happens! You've done such a great job with these books. Loved them all!