I gave my last final today and can see the finish line. I'm not quite there yet -- but it's so close. I've been at school late everyday trying to tie up all the loose ends, and the house is suffering. I'm hoping it can hobble along without me for just a few more days and then I'll have time to do some serious organization and decluttering.
I am in the process of trying to eliminate paper files at work. For years I've kept old worksheets and lesson plans in binders by semester and by year. It seems like a nice idea, but I never refer to them, and when I try, I can never find what I need. So I've disassembled all of the binders and picked the things that I might want to use again to scan as pdf files. I've spent several long hours feeding them through the copier, and several more renaming the files and putting them into folders on the hard drive.
Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and chaos has come calling at home. I spent half an hour looking for Ryan's class t-shirt, which he's supposed to wear for field days tomorrow, and another half hour trying to find Kurt's passport for our Jamaica trip in July. No luck on the passport, but the t-shirt was hiding in a set of sheets in the dryer. I'm trying not to think about how sticky the kitchen floor is, but I can't ignore the things that smell bad. I guess everyone has a threshold.