Clearing, Organizing And Sorting

10 Sep 2020 – Hannah&Heiko

Mon: this is the week of school holidays, so will not be out&wondering about if I do not have to! My goal for this week is to organize and sort out paperwork&Christmas decorations.

What is writing after all but an attempt to sort out the confusion of life ― Isabel Allende

Tue: appreciations to Hannah&Heiko for their visit for for helping me to finish some of the DIY-popiah stuff that was frozen from National Day weekend. Now I have learnt how to freeze this kind of food and it is perfectly good even after a month. Interesting to hear about their 16months cycle-trip from Germany-SIN, good luck to her new job&their future. Glad that one of my modern Christmas-trees can be part of their first Christmas here – first Christmas gift taken care of, and from now onwards, all my visitors will get a Christmas decoration – for real.

Wed: unbelievable! – thought that paperwork was cleared, but how wrong can I be??? Yes cleared some months ago, but today it has again piled up. Thinking about Jackie Wolford (both our girls were in the same HighSchool in the 1990s) in such situation when she told me that her mother would just burn all her bills&paperworks. Considering that it is the Hungry Ghost Month, it would be the bad idea, otherwise, sounds good to me!! Looking forward to having a clear working area again!!!

Thu: opened a can of worms by offering to give away Christmas decorations, paperwork not even organized yet, and now to another project – the story of my life on this perfect cool, wet rainy morning. Clearing&sorting out the Christmas stuff cupboard, hoping to empty is too ambitious&unrealistic, but did manage to pack a bag of decorations to give away – many years of stuff to let go, but as long as memories are within. Nobody can do a good memorable tradition Norwegian Christmas like L&Ms Norwegian grandparents, my first Christmas with them in Tromsø, Norway/1968 will always be with me.

It is not memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not the person we were in the past ― Marie Kondō


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