I am so often inspired by my clients - many of them are working hard to improve their lives and their homes.
They know that organizing will be an important part of that process, and they know the benefits they'll feel once they complete their organizing projects.
One of my clients, "Madge," is a 70-something woman with 7 adult children. She and her husband are tired of the work involved in maintaining their family home, and they're getting ready to downsize. And she wants to downsize her life, too - to get all the business of their lives organized and on autopilot so they can go off to their favorite Hawaiian vacation spot whenever they want.
Our first project together: weeding out decades of paperwork from her filing cabinet. Among other things, she had reams of paperwork from the 1980s related to the adoption of their two daughters.
It's not like Madge needs this paperwork for anything in her current life, but it does hold important memories and she didn't want to just shred it. Our solution: create a memory album for each daughter.
For each album, we used an inexpensive 3-ring binder with a pretty cover which I bought locally at an office supply store. We used archive-quality page protectors to hold all the letters, forms, legal documents, and notes she had saved.
Each album tells the story of how Madge and her husband spent years trying to adopt, getting turned down, trying again, finally finding a child, and all of the legal wrangling they went through to bring that child home.
I know that her girls will appreciate seeing their life stories - and appreciate having these albums to show their own children.
Bonus: Madge got to clear out space in her filing cabinet!
What story would you like to save for future generations? What important family documents do you have stuffed in a drawer, instead of being enjoyed?