Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Importance of Labels and a Filing System

As a twenty-something, I have this horrible habit of moving residences every year.  Over the course of the past 10 years, these moves have found me in four states and even for a short while, England.  The worst part of moving is packing, and those who know me well know I loathe packing.  During my last few moves I have gotten really good at the "throw anything paper-related in one box, technology in another, etc." method.  When I would arrive at a new residence I would unpack the necessities and just leave the "paper-related" boxes packed. After all, if tradition continued, I would be moving again in a mear 12 months.

I have recently come to terms with the fact that I am a 'real' adult now and that I need to be organized like one.  So, I've been slowly going through my random box of papers and to my delight, have every certificate of appreciation I have earned, along with piles of brochures and maps from my travels abroad.  Towards the bottom of one box I found a CD without a label that was stuffed in a plain white paper envelope with a FedEx  Kinko's stamp on the outside.

I didn't recognize the envelope right away, but on second glance thought it might have been a digital copy of photos from a childhood accident of mine that my aunt made copies of.  Not wanting to revisit that incident I put it off for a few days. A few days later, I popped the CD into the computer. It was not photos from my childhood, instead - about 100 photos that look to be of my maternal Grandmother's sister's family! Complete with file names of people and places!

What an amazing little find! I have no recollection of receiving this CD, but I am so happy that someone thought to make me a copy!! I will be posting a few of the photos this weekend and will continue to roll them out as posts allow. And yes, I have learned my lesson. :)


  1. Congratulations on a great find, Sara Beth! And on your new-found goal of getting organized (we all need that one)!

  2. Boy are you lucky to have found the CD, I'm glad you didn't toss it. Enjoyed your post, but on another note, I'm old enough to be your grandmother, and I'm still not 100% organized. Guess it is a personal thing, so don't be too hard on yourself. Enjoy your findings.

  3. Congrats on the find. I'll soon be 50 and organization-wise have actually become less organized as I've gotten older. I agree with Barbara. I think it's a personality trait since I always struggled with it even as a child but for awhile there during my 20s and early 30s, I was actually an organized machine. Anyway, I said all that to say don't be to hard on yourself with the organization.

    Enjoy the great find and I'm looking forward to seeing some of those pictures.

  4. The kicker is that I'm really good at helping others with their organization! I'm trying not to be hard on myself, but feel that my G-ma and her sisters aren't getting younger and I need help looking at a few of the unidentified photos. I am taking them home at Christmas and hope they can shed some light on to the mystery people.

  5. Thats brilliant and I'm only slightly jealous!!

  6. Congratulatons on your big unexpected find!

    Like everyone else is saying, don't be too hard on yourself regarding organization. I was much more organized when I was younger (and without children). I'm trying to get back to that state again - somewhat. Just keep working at it.

    I hope you can put names to faces on some of your photos over the holidays. Never give up!