My primary project this past summer was to organize my office and music studio. Oh no, not a cursory, throw things into a file to deal with later. I've been in extreme decluttering mode.
Since I began teaching in 2001, I have dutifully kept all of my music teacher newsletters. Have I read them all? No, of course not.
|Just a fraction of my piles to declutter! Photo by R-M Arca|
Just imagine how much paper that is. Got the picture in your mind? My paper clutter is truly as scary as you imagined it to be.
I am approximately 80% through but I have been gleefully ripping out articles to read throughout the year. I have developed the following filing system:
- Activity/Event ideas
- Blog topic ideas
- Group Class ideas
- Lesson planning
- Professional library ideas
- Music games and puzzles
- Piano Pedagogy
- Professional development
- Portfolio additions (my own published articles)
- Recital/performance ideas
They will reside in my Active Files drawer until I am done with them. My hope is that throughout the year, I'll actually read these articles. Of course, that hinges upon me clearing the area leading up to my filing cabinet.
|Cutting down my To Read Pile into a simple filing system. Photo by R-M Arca|