Good Monday morning!
I’m recovering from an extended weekend that included an annual visit from our friends the Cordon (of Phoenix, AZ), the launch of Library of Memories, four full days of extra kids and extra activities and a super-bowl gathering of close friends, after church.
Weekend and life report coming soon!
In the meantime, my laundry room (this morning) reminded me of an email I received last week from my friend Darcy (an LOMer)
Here are Darcy’s very acute observations concerning laundry and LOM (photo organization)
Since I’ve been immersed in picture organization while preparing for class, I’ve come to another realization – LOM is a LOT like laundry, with individual photographs a lot like individual pieces of dirty clothes! Let me explain:
1) There is no such thing as “the last load of laundry.” The same goes for pictures. I’ll never stop taking them, so the cycle of caring for them is endless. Sometimes this is disheartening (as in, “I have 5 loads of laundry on my laundry room floor – when will I ever get it all done!”) but more often than not it’s reassuring. (“My family is active and happy – I have laundry! It’ll all get done as I have time…”)
2) The more I stay on top of sorting my laundry, the easier it is to stay in control. Even though I have the same amount, if the laundry is divided into groups, it seems much more manageable.
3) Some laundry can be placed in a few different groups, and that’s OK. That light gray shirt can be put with the light colored clothes, or with the jeans. It will be fine either way – it’s my choice! Same goes for many of my pictures.
4) If I get the laundry out of the dryer right away, it’s easier to put away. If I do this, I can often fold or hang the clothes and I don’t need to spend extra time ironing or re-doing things. The same goes for my pictures. If I tend to them right away (speaking in relative terms, of course!) they are easier to handle. I have the most trouble, and spend the most time on, pictures from years and years ago that weren’t properly organized and were instead just thrown into a shoebox or drawer.
5) I tend to have the most laundry after big events or vacations – and this is also normal and to be expected. I have more pictures after vacations, birthday parties, and special events, and I have come to expect and anticipate these backlogs. Preparation and expectation is key.
6) No matter how hard I try, some laundry still needs special attention. I take loads of dress shirts and suits to the cleaners each month so my husband can be dressed appropriately for work. I occasionally puchase a special outfit or blouse that needs to be dry cleaned (this is very rare, but it does happen!) Some things need to be hung to dry instead of thrown into the dryer with everything else. My pictures are the same. Some very special pictures need extra TLC – they need to be enlarged, touched up, or otherwise dealt with in a special way. But my system takes this into account. And since I know these items exist, I can watch out for them and give them the attention they need!
Hopefully you’ll think of this the next time you go to your laundry room and have a little chuckle…
and indeed I did.
Thanks Darcy … I’m off to switch the loads, do some yoga (breathe) and then get to work!