I missed my first STS last week. A very full week, of newborns and finished galleries and taxes and soccer and packing. The project I really want to be focused on is my office. We updated my old desk with a new corner desk but I have to admit, it is almost as cluttered already.
My focus over the next week will continue to be getting rid of more stuff, so then I can focus on how to organize what remains in a way that works for me. [Warning: self-justification coming] I don’t own a lot of shoes---I normally wear the same two pairs all season. Make-up organizers make me laugh because I own one stick of lipstick and all my make-up could fit into a sandwich baggie. But…(you knew that was coming), I am overly sentimental and keep way too many “mementos” as well as papers. Oy, the papers. I think it is a teacher habit of mine---because you never know when you might use that idea or project. I’m working hard on trusting that if I need something someday, I’ll be able to find it online.
Exhibit A: a bag FULL of old mixed tapes.
I can’t look at it too long, because it pained me to get rid of these, even though we don’t own a tape player and I rarely played any of them in the past decade.
I love music, and I love compilations. Every staff I led made a mixed tape. Even my 9th grade honors English class made a mixed CD. MZMO’ers, did you remember what song you chose 20 yrs ago? My pick, Itsy Bitsy Spider, is actually “Coming Round Again” by Carly Simon.
I was only able to do it after taking a photo of the liner notes of the ones that were the most meaningful to me. Above is a mix from 1991 by my friend Marie with a photo of us. How could I throw that away? So many great mixes that friends sent us during our music-deprived years in the Peace Corps. In this day when handwritten letters are rare, I loved seeing the handwriting of old friends. And I kept the first (and only) mixed tape Brian made me that summer of 1991. One is okay. 300+ is not.
Baby steps. Learning to let go, so there will be more room for all the good tunes and good memories the future holds.
This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.” Rebecca’s series is now on hiatus, but I hope to continue posting a simple & personal photo each Sunday.