Thank you for the very sweet comments. It's been a tough couple of weeks and you all are good medicine. :)
For Father's Day this year, I gave my husband what he needs most (that doesn't cost money)... doing my part to help organize the office.
I have a small file box in which I keep daily files I use quite often (I can write more about it later). However, I have lots of files in a drawer of the "big" file cabinet in the office. I figure I can cut them down once more, perhaps by 25%. That is just enough space to file overflow papers from the rest of the office (hubby hates clutter but the one place in his life where he holds on to absolutely everything... papers).
I have collected articles since I was first married about all aspects of homemaking and Christian living (mainly interests to women), children, creativity, gardening, decorating, Holidays, homeschooling, etc. I went through them a couple years ago but this time I need to tackle the homeschool files, as well as further sifting of old magazine clips and articles.
That is why I find myself right now with stacks of files, papers, and articles spread out on the family room floor. Of all my household duties, this is the part I dislike the most. I enjoy keeping the files... I do not love the sorting and filing. Especially going through them to discard what I don't want and/or need.
It was interesting when I went through my decorating pictures and articles the last time to see how my tastes have changed through the years. The same style I loved in the 80s and 90s is (for the most part) not at all what I like today. The only continuity through the years have been the use of greens and reds of various hues, lots of houseplants (or silk plants in high places), and an unexplainable passion for china of all kinds... the dishes, not the country.
A set of files I'd set up the last time were folders for recipes to land once they had been printed from the computer. I had files titled "Recipe Articles" and "Recipe Clippings" for magazines but I needed files for the printouts. Since I had them set up already, this time I just had to file what I'd printed out and want to keep for reference (but don't plan to try this summer).
The unexpected byproduct of this gift is finding articles I'd completely forgotten about. A handful of them have been set aside for later reading. Also, I have years worth of Laine's Letters which were printed out when she sent them and/or printed from the archives on her website (link on the sidebar). I think I'm going to 3-hole punch those letters and put them in a binder. I'll definitely be re-reading some of them.
I know this gift is one that is very much appreciated.
Picture: John Bull; allposters.com