Labeling

Labeling

One of the most irritating things I encountered after the death of my husband was going through his things and finding numerous black cords to gizmos and gadgets, and having no clue what they belonged to. 

When one is in that early state of grief, anything that causes extra stress just seems to derail peace.  I confess to even being mad at Greg for leaving me with all this to take care of.  Like he had a choice!! 

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this.  There were 63 black cords that I had absolutely NO idea what they belonged to.   I wasn’t even sure where to begin either, but taking a deep breathe, I put on a movie to occupy my mind as I tackled this tangle of cords. 

As I separated them from each other, I placed each in a Ziploc bag.  I placed the gadgets that needed cords on the dining room table.  When the untangling was done (2 hours later) I matched up the cords with the items they powered.  A $15 label maker was then used to mark the cords.  This item has been invaluable to me as I try to make sense and order in my life.

I still have several cords that I have no idea what they belong to, and they are in a separate labeled clear box just waiting for me to discover their mates.  I have gone 2 years without finding them so far, so I’m pretty sure I do not need to keep them at this point.  They are headed to the trash very soon.

That is the thing about organization.  It is an ongoing process.  I determined early on to downsize, keep only what I love or is functional to me.  Less stuff=less stress!!  The more you have, the more you have to care for.

I’m still working on this aspect of my life.  I tend to be one of those folks who just might need that thing “someday.” If you haven’t used something in 2 year’s time, do you really need it?  Well, I guess that is up to you. 

Confectionately Yours,

Sue