Formerly The Brown Bungalow, this blog has changed names to reflect my new location in the deep South. We are leaving the Columbines for Magnolias; donating wooly socks to buy sandals; pouring out the hot beverages to sip iced tea; and building sand castles instead of snowmen.
This month I've been working hard in the basement, going through boxes I packed 3 years ago in anticipation of selling our house and moving. The move happened pretty quickly after the boxes were packed and we've had them stored on sturdy shelves that Beloved and Jr built for me.
two views of the same boxes
As of Monday, I've gone through all the boxes, eliminated a ton of stuff that we no longer need and/or want, and made several trips to donation places.
All the boxes are numbered and I have a Microsoft Excel document on my computer where all the boxes are listed. When I packed the boxes 3 years ago, I typed into the Excel document the contents of each box.
If you are at all familiar with Excel, then you know there is a "search" feature. When I don't know which box has the springform pans, I simply type "springform pans" into the search window and Voila! it tells me the number of the box with the pans!!
(I know, I'm very detail-oriented and have maybe just a touch of OCD. But this kind of diligence runs in my family and I'm happy to say all of my kids are good about keeping track of their stuff, too!)
While going through the boxes, it was very important to me to use the same size box absolutely as much as possible. They are so much easier to stack/store/transport when they are exactly the same size. Of course there were some items that would not fit into these white boxes, so they had to be packed into something bigger. I did my best to not store small items in big boxes.
If any of you remember Emilie Barnes, the Christian home economics gal who wrote books and gave pithy advice on home organization, then my system may sound familiar. This was all her idea. As she packed her boxes, she would record on numbered index cards the contents of each box. But as I said earlier, I record my box contents on my computer.
Now that I've disposed of so many things and consolidated the number of boxes, I need to create a new Excel document and record the box contents. I love this kind of stuff!
Organization is a thing of beauty! Clutter impedes my creativity. I have fun projects in the sewing room that I want to do when this venture is done, which is my incentive.
Sooooo to get back to the title of my post today, if you can't find me, I'm probably in the basement!