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thursday purgeday: the type a who’d lost her way

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris

When Morgan started this Thursday Purgeday project, I was inspired. It had been awhile since I really took a look at this office I call home/home I call office (tomato, tomahto) and did some Spring Cleaning. I likened the Thurs. Purge to having a gym buddy, a way to pressure/inspire/drive me to tidy up a bit. (Tidy up a lot.)

Like a healthy diet/exercise combo, if I was inclined towards that sort of thing, it started off really well. I was shedding papers and clutter. Things were looking good. But now I’ve sort of hit a plateau. I was a Type A who’d lost her way, and now I’m getting back in the swing of things. But I’m not done yet.

I’m clearing out the files and drawers, shredding like mad, and embracing the feng shui principle of allowing good things in by making space for them.

Speaking of feng shui, after reading this article via @JenerationPR, I’ve learned my office is an utter failure when it comes to the ways in which you can embrace the ancient art. Total, absolute failure.

I don’t know if I believe in feng shui. But I don’t think it hurts to consider the possibilities.

Artistic inspiration comes in many forms, and I’ll take what I can get.

So, in the next few weeks I’m playing around with ways to let in more creativity, let go of more clutter, and maybe add a bit more fire, metal and water elements. Because it couldn’t hurt, right?

So stay tuned and please join in the Thursday Purge (click below). Because it takes a village to get any vacuuming done in this place. xo a.



Check, please: Thursday Purgeday with the818

It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes. – Dorothy Parker

I used to be really, really organized. Really. For years I worked as a writer and editor and was pretty good at juggling the projects and the paperwork.

About six years ago, my love of photography unexpectedly (in a good way) went from hobby to second career, and the files grew. But it was a good balance.

These days, I’ve got paper everywhere. Literally everywhere. After years of penning invites and cards for friends and family, TYPE A Modern Calligraphy was born in 2010.

Writing, photos, more writing. I love the variety. I do. But the paper runneth over. And I need to streamline things. Starting with receipts.

I’m trying to decide how to handle this one corner of the paper circus.

Now there are scanners made just for the purpose of storing and organizing receipts, but they aren’t cheap. And since I don’t scan receipts with the scanner I have, would I actually get use out of this one? I’d like to think so, and I love the idea of the NeatReceipts product line for eco reasons, too.

While I mull over whether or not to buy the NeatReceipts scanner that just might magically streamline everything and make my life complete, I figured it might be worth attempting to create some system, any system, for receipts.

(If anyone uses NeatReceipts, do tell. Is it as good as it looks?)

Keeping receipts in boxes doesn’t qualify as a system. Systems don’t require sorting through a Bermuda Triangle of fading thermal paper to find the tracking number on a package you sent last week (another reason why the NeatReceipts idea works for me – hate thermal paper even sans BPA).

So, in keeping with Beth’s Purgeday Thursday advice to use what you have, I grabbed one of my lucite file boxes (I tend to hoard/collect lucite and white lacquer office things), some of my favorite hanging files,  a fine point Sharpie, and a few Post-It file tabs.

So, not much purged, other than a bunch of old receipts buried underneath current ones. Current receipts/pending items filed, and the boxes  are empty – it’s a start. Why did it take me this long?

Now, I’m off to check out that scanner again. And read this article via JenerationPR on feng shui office tips. From the look of it, I am doing EVERYTHING WRONG.

Must go burn a candle. Now.  xo a.

Won’t you join us for Purgeday Thursday?