Cheryl and Tom live in an “in-law” apartment attached to their family’s house. It had become cluttered with paper, CDs, books, clothing and other items.
Cheryl and I spent a session together clearing her secretary-style desk and chair. We started on its top, clearing a small files holder. I suggested permanently removing it, since it attracted clutter. Nicely, her daughter Rachel said that she could use it. Good recycling! We all smiled.
There were various cards for holidays, get well, and other wishes. We separated them into subject piles, and gathered all of the envelopes. Rather that use (read: waste!) our time together on matching them, I put the envelopes into relative size order. Cheryl would put all, along with boxed Christmas cards, in a container, before placing it in the basement. When the time comes to send a card, it will be easy to choose the right one, and an envelope, too.
We collected bills to be paid and placed them in one of the cubbie holes, checkbooks in another. Also clearing the big chair nearby, we placed medical information in a lower drawer. We may refine that but, for the moment, it works.
We collected various cords and chargers, and placed them on the floor next to a power strip. We added some documents to the plastic portable file box on the floor next to the desk.
What’s next? Tom’s desk? Books and/or CDs? That’s to be determined but, for the moment, Cheryl was smiling. Success!
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