When I first saw this challenge, I thought it would be easy. Well, it’s not!
I walked up to the attic, my office, and looked around. It’s a real mess up there because I don’t take the time to file! I looked at the the filing basket in my bookcase ~ full! I looked at the papers on top of the other bookcase from the von Breyman family reunion in August of 2007 and I looked at the papers on top of my book! Boy could I used a challenge to clean this up!
Then I remembered I had a basket full of filing, categorized under surnames. Everytime I worked on a document, I filed it in this basket so I can file it in one of those black surname binders. Double work? Well, that’s Linda for you!
Boy I could use a challenge on that one! But, then as I looked around the room, I saw what I wanted to find my treasures in! My cheap lighthouse box, full of priceless pictures, documents, letters, and memorabilia that has been given to me over the years. This will be where my treasure lies! I know it!
This cheap box I bought because it was pretty, is full! I have my great-grandfather’s gavel from his reign as high mucky muck in the Masonic Lodge in Washington DC, I have his yearbooks from Law School, and I have pictures of people I don’t know in this box. It’s time to go through it again, categorize it and see exactly what I have. It’s been years!
My plan for this box is to go through each envelope, folder and box that is in this chest, categorize it by family, make copies of the letters and pictures and make sure that those interested in having a copy will get a copy. I don’t think there is anything in here to be eliminated because it is all in the handwriting of ancestors and I love to touch their signatures. . . . you know . .
The other mess in my office? I guess it will just have to wait.
I know where everything is!!