I know what some of you are thinking about the follow-through projects I've posted this week: you're thinking, you call those projects? How hard can it be to drag a cardboard box to the trash or put away a few cookie tins?
Fair enough, point taken. But part of the message here is that big progress can be made in relatively short order. Sometimes, a big mess can be taken care of in minutes. And sometimes what looks like a small mess can take a lot longer than you'd think to clean up. Case in point: today's follow-through project. For the last year or so, a small cache of bags, boxes, and whatnot has taken root at the end of my study. We're talking maybe seven or eight things--how long could that possibly take to put away? But looks can be deceiving. A single item in the pile--a file frame--required a lengthy transfer process best detailed in a future post. Suffice to say it ended up taking a good hour to deal with the file frame alone. It took another 20 minutes to go through the rest of the pile, make toss-or-keep decisions and find new homes for the keepers.
Above left: "Before" view from the end of the hall. Above right: "Before" close up. Below: After. That's more like it!
Clearing the Aisleway