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Saving versus Tossing Out

I confess.  I'm a Pilot.  I "pile it" into files, onto all flat surfaces and then, too often, spend valuable time searching for something which exacerbates the situation.   I'm trying different solutions to alleviate these problems in my life.  Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks.

Simplify, simplify they tell us.  But what they don't tell us is how long it takes to get there.  Now as I come across something I've "saved" way too long and it's something I no longer need or want or, if I can find on the internet, I'm tossing it.  Maybe I'll live long enough to get the job done. 

Designating a "home" for general use items helps stop the frantic searches around the house.  Our house keys are always put into a basket near the most used door.  All it takes is to stop for a minute and think about the best way  and/or place to do this.  Putting out fires constantly is not only frustrating, but is stressful. 

Today I have pulled out 2 1/4 inches of old reports out of two files.  Due to personal information, they will have to be de-stapled and run through the shredder.   That will happen as a minute here or there is available to actually do it.  Pages without personal information will be separated and taken to the recycle depot in town. 

Have you got any tips to accelerate this kind of procedure?  Email me.  I need all the help I can get.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.








First day of my blog

Today is the first day of this new blog.  I will occasionally write something I'm doing, thinking about, learning or even grousing about. 

My sewing machine, the wonderful Janome 6600P, has a walking foot built in and miscellaneous buttons to push.  It also has a speed regulator.  I usually have it on a slower speed because it can take off without me when it's set at the full Indy 500 speed record.  That's about 1000 stitches a minute or some other scary thing.  

The other day I was working on a panel wall hanging just for the practice.  I plan to conquer that machine one of these years!  I've had the machine for more than a couple of years and could never seem to stop the needle exactly when I wanted to.  It always stopped too soon or ran over a stitch or two.  Have you ever had that problem? 

Then it dawned on me.  I could stop a couple of stitches prior to where I needed to stop and just push the "up/down" button until the needle was where it was supposed to stop.  Eureka.