What I’m learning about myself in these weekly home organization projects is that I should not be allowed to put or ‘store’ items in more than one place. By having the same stuff in different locations, I end up buying more than one, of whatever it is. Or perhaps, several, because I’ve forgotten.
That’s definitely what’s happened with my kid’s piano music. Both play, and like to have lots of choices for sight reading, but come on! How many music books do we really need?
Part of the problem is, when I’m at an estate sale and there’s piano music, I buy it. It’s so inexpensive to purchase and you never know what you’ll find. Then, I take it home and put it in one of three or four places where we keep piano music. Next thing you know, we’ve got duets for everyone in the neighborhood to play!
- This week’s project. Piano music.
- Small. According to my kids, we sorted this last year. Sure doesn’t feel like it! We did it again. They’re keeping more than necessary but I’m keeping my mouth shut on this.
- Clear and clean. I rounded up and cleared out all of the drawers and cabinets where we keep the music. (One of the cabinets is now in the office because it was so empty! YES!!) The dining room cabinets have large plastic Ikea tubs to hold music and piano bags but now the empty tubs are going down to the sewing area.
- Get set. After sorting through, what’s getting donated is in a bag and ready to be dropped off.
- Pack it out. The donation bag isn’t in the car – yet. Honestly, I’m hoping to add a few more items to the bag. All the music is on the dining room table. Thankfully, it’s a large table.
- Stop buying. Here’s what’s too bad – I had to buy two new piano music books this week. Both kids have their piano syllabus this weekend and you must have a ‘clean copy’ of the music for the adjudicator. That means no marks or scribble notes from the teacher. Oh well. At least now we have Brahms and Mozart to go around!
- Less is more. Less is more, but more importantly, there are fewer places for the music. I also have to remember that the library has sheet music and we can borrow it!
Both kids were willing to donate their piano bags – which I had sewn. Interesting that they were able to ditch those, but not the music?! It’s doubtful I can get rid of those but next week’s project is – bags and purses.
What do you buy at estate sales that you already have enough of? Do you have kids who play instruments?
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