In a previous post I told you how much I love Journals of all kinds. Most of the time I use them for writing my knitting, crocheting and sewing patterns. I can’t pass by a stack of them without checking out the new covers. I wouldn’t call it an addiction but my daughter jokingly said that I possibly needed to go to “Journal Therapy”! Chuckle!
I admit I have another habit which I consider a good one but I can seriously obsess over. List Making! It doesn’t matter what the occasion: A trip I’m planning or participating in a local craft fair. I have to start making a list immediately. A month before our local Christmas Bazaar, I started listing all my headbands, scarves, cowls, bags, tablecloths plus every possible accessory I would need. It was amended numerous times and even the day of the event, I was still adding to it. Good news was that I didn’t forget anything. Throughout the year, I also compile a list of all my yarn, needles with sizes and hooks which is always getting updated. Instead of going on a scavenger hunt, I have an overview of my current inventory. Blessed are my lists!
My compulsion really kicks into gear when I’m going on a trip, short or long. I did a lot of traveling last year and I noticed that my categories are growing. I start by opening my journal and write down a basic agenda including the date of my trip and categories of items I need. So far it doesn’t look too bad, right? This is only my first list. I will rewrite and reorganize this initial list at least 5 more times before I actually walk out the door. I keep my trusty list close at hand, crossing off each item that’s ready for the suitcase or tote bag. The items that didn’t get crossed off, get moved over to a new list of unpacked items until all the items are checked off.
You might consider this is a little obsessive, but it works for me. Without my journals and lists, I would be unorganized and quite frustrated. I would love to hear if you’re also a “List Maker” and any tips you’d like to share. In two weeks, my friends and I are heading over to the Oregon Coast for a few days and I’m Making A List, checking it once, twice, three times….