Time to get back to the organising. I spent most of Jan & a good part of Feb bottling up tomato relish, & jams etc..... which meant other things had to be placed on hold. It's a time management thing, what can I say, but when the garden has ripe produce ....... well, that becomes the priority. Meantime the incoming paperwork keeps piling on up. Being in a relatively new place (ok, well, its been close to 1 yr here, but things are still trying to find permanent homes to live in), I've tried a few different ways of making the paperwork - work efficiently. So after much debate & trial & error, I've moved a few things around. I find that the mail holder I made (pictured) was not working well beside my roll top desk. It just was not in the right place, so I've moved it closer to the kitchen and where I tend to open mail & sort various stuff that comes in the mail box. It has various pockets on it and I can now pop things into the pockets that need to be taken with me when I head out to town. Incoming letters go into one pocket, where they sit until they've been replied to. Another pocket holds all outgoing mail. A large pocket holds other items that might need to be taken with me when I head out. As I sort through the daily incoming paperwork, (I try to do this while I'm cooking dinner) - it goes into various places. All incoming bills go into a folder that is kept in the top drawer of cupboard. The files you see sitting on the small cabinet hold specific stuff - things that are needing follow up work done on before they can be filed away. I try to have a different coloured file/envelope for each "catagory", which then eliminates the need to sort through a pile to find what you want each time. It's out the way, yet easy to see & get to & keeps things organized & time effective. The biggest plus, is that I don't have that horrible "pile of paperwork" sitting on the kitchen bench piling up waiting for "something" to be done with it all.
Oh, and in case you are wondering..... yes, I did have to find a home for all the preserving - it now lives in the bottom of the kitchen dresser - and as you can see, I now have to find a way of fitting in all the other "little bits & pieces" hmmm. It's a work in progress and as Pete keeps telling me "Rome was not built in a day" - even though I might wish it were LOL