I'm noting an interesting pattern as I progress through my initial collecting. How much of what I'm doing is collecting and how much is cleaning?
I had three big boxes of "amorphous stuff" near my desk. It was all stuff I'll deal with some day, stuff that needs to be put away, stuff I want to look at some day, etc.
So...today I'm doing my first collection and those boxes are part of the process, right?
What do I find in these boxes? File folders of school records that should be in my alphabetical file. Lipstick. Partially filled steno pads. Magazines I'd grabbed and put in my briefcase to read, then pulled out (unread) and tossed into the "someday" box. Another magazine. A quarter. Some CD cases that don't have CDs in them. A book or 12 that I'd pulled out for reference on project then threw in the closest box when a more important project arose and the old project got pushed into the someday/maybe place. Notes from the health insurance company saying what they paid when that I don't really have a file for, but don't feel I should toss. A pair of fur ear muffs. Some mints.
I mean, really, do I really want to move that lipstick from the old box to the new, bigger, "in box" or do I want to just go put the lipstick away? Oh, but wait. The reason the lipstick was there was because it was a great color and I threw it in my briefcase one day so I'd remember to go pick up the same color. Sigh.
I'm collecting, but I'm not sure I'm doing anything but moving stuff around and striking fear into the hearts of my husband and dogs.
I'm also not sure my office is big enough to hold all the stuff I'm collecting. And I'm really not sure I have the strength to process all this stuff once I finish collecting it (which is probably why it was stuck in a box somewhere to start with).
OK, I'll stop whining now and go back to collecting. But I'll probably have to go out and buy another big plastic box.