Can you believe it is already February?

My goodness, time flies by so quickly. February was always a special time when I was growing up. My parents got married on Valentine’s Day. They had an amazing marriage. They established so many fun traditions throughout the year. They had been married for 54 years when my dad died. They were in love, every minute. My mom lived on for 10 more years. My family home was filled with laughter, conversation, debate, and love. I like to think I continued those traditions.

I cannot really take credit for my outlook and my insistence on believing in people and trying with all my heart to be caring. I was surrounded by parents, grandparents,aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who lived that way. Oh yes, sometimes I fall very short. When does that happen? Typically if some loved ones need ALL of my time and attention, that is where I spend my time and my heart. While that is necessary and even good, that then means other duties and other people don’t get my time and attention. However, I am very clear on my priorities. You see, It is a fallacy that we can be there fully for EVERYONE all of the time. Seriously, no one can do that. I have been thinking about that a lot. I have reached the stage where tasks that have been neglected MUST get done. I can only procrastinate some tasks for just so long.

What do I need to do? I need to declutter, especially go through about a dozen very large boxes of photos, mementos, photo albums, and files from my parent’s home. This is going to involve organizing them, scanning them to the cloud (which I need to learn how to do), organize them in the cloud, get them distributed/shared with the applicable family members, etc. This task is overwhelming me because I don’t know what I am doing!!

More on the decluttering mission: I need to go through so many books, knick-knacks, clothes, etc and downsize. Downsizing my own things is fairly painless. The things belonging to husband and son? Well, it is a process.

Besides all this decluttering, I have 2 businesses that I need to work on! I have neglected them due to my time and attention being spent on family appointments and the like.

What is the solution? You guessed it, just start. Every little bit makes a difference. So today, I have a question! I need feedback, ok?

So today, I have questions. I can help you with any of the following. Let me know if: you are a homeschooler and are searching for math or GED books; you know someone in search of a  wedding gown with a modest neckline and a veil; you know someone who likes coffee mugs that are either funny or inspirational; or you know someone who hates wearing uncomfortable underwire bras but wants support and lift. Let me know if you have had experience scanning and uploading thousands of photos! I Need feedback! katekresse@gmail.com

Thanks for reading. Sending you February love. Have a lovely day.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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7 Responses to Can you believe it is already February?

  1. Katharine says:

    WooHoo! It’s plain wonderful to hear from you! ❤ I wish I fit on you list, but I'm in the same process! 😀 We should get together and have a huge yard sale! ❤
    I will tell you what we have done with our photos, and it's not scanning. We stuck them all in albums. We'd work on it every year, from Thanksgiving to the first day of school in January. 😀 It's one of the best times, since kids are busy with new acquisitions, weather is not very outdoorsy, and everyone has days off 🙂
    I know that's not what you need to hear, but all I could think of in reply. 😀

    • Kate Kresse says:

      are you going to make copies of the photos for your kids? For example there are tons of photos that have me and one or both of my brothers and wives and kids. I need to be able to share with all but need an organized approach!!!! SO MANY PHOTOS!! so many boxes….
      yes a huge yard sale…

      • Katharine says:

        Not copies for kids. They can quarrel over the albums after we’re gone. Those are all labeled. 😀 But we don’t have thousands. At least, I don’t think so! 😀

  2. First off, it’s good to ‘see’ you again! Secondly, it must be in the air because I’ve been on a major decluttering kick too. Cleaning out way too much stuff, donating some, relegating some to a garage sale to be held later, organizing, etc. A couple of years ago, I spent months going through photos (ours, my parents, and my in-laws) sorting, organizing, giving some to family members and friends, and actually throwing away some that weren’t worth keeping. I filed a lot of actual photos in photo boxes chronologically by year. Others went in photo albums. But I didn’t save any to the Cloud, so I don’t have any advice for you there.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Hey, my beautiful friend. Yes, I go missing for stretches of time. But now I am back once again. Yes, I have been going through photos and found some real treasures that I didn’t even know I had. i have organized some of them in groups with a post it on each group. SO many photos!! I still love your posts.

  3. butterfly1023 says:

    Sweet post…what a lovely example your parents were. I need to do the same as you, organize and declutter. The photos are the most daunting part. I am going to look into a high speed photo scanner, I will let you know how it goes. Have a great February!!! ❤️

  4. Patrice A Cahill says:

    I wish we lived near…I am really good at decluttering and organizing….I would love to help you.

    Would the library take the GED books etc…. we carried them when I worked there and they were a big expense for the library.

    Google ” angel gowns, NICU” It’s a wonderful place to send your wedding gown…. hugs…

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