Since Saturday I've spent a few hours each afternoon going through 7 years of Elefantz files which took up more space than I can show you. When I could no longer find a shelf to take more of my paperwork I knew it was time to do something drastic.
With my need to de-clutter, re-organise and simplify as a driving force, I was quite ruthless in eliminating the excess paperwork and notes, keeping only my original artwork, pattern notes and sketches.
Being me though, everything needed a place, and that place had to be pretty, functional and co-ordinated. This required two trips to Officeworks (I adore stationary stores, don't you?) for box and folder style file storage.
I chose soft and calming aqua and gold tones...
Today my files are only 15% of what I had last Friday, and my, that is a wonderful thing! Now I know where everything is, and I only have what is truly essential.
I'm almost ready to start on the family and financial files next, but first I need to finish writing all the patterns for this month's Stitchery Club!
Keeping me company is a re-run of the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee. I listen while I write, but stop to watch with every sip of my coffee. This could take longer than it usually does...
It's not all work in life, though.
My darling Blossom has been encouraged by her doctor to take regular light exercise at the pool because she's still quite dizzy (from her blood disorder) and must take life slow for the remainder of her pregnancy. We bought swimsuits last week and today we headed off to the local swimming pool for our first relaxing hour of floating, swimming and generally enjoying the water and sunshine. I love polka dots so was thrilled that Target had spotted navy blue bathers calling my name!
We stayed a bit longer than we'd planned as it was so good to unwind in the water and not think about work or cooking or filing - we just chatted, floated, swam and laughed, oblivious to everything else. On the way home we decided to make this a regular date three times a week, and fortunately, living in the hot tropics means we can swim all through the winter.
I'd best not tarry here any longer as those patterns refuse to write themselves. Shame about that.
Hope your week brings an opportunity to relax and unwind too.