I reminded myself that you can only do one thing at a time, and therefore I picked up one thing and put it away. Then another. Then another. Little by little the surfaces got cleared off and order was beginning to be restored.
As I organized I also made a list. Mind you, I have made thousands of lists, but this was going to be the ultimate list and would be recorded on an Excel spreadsheets, printed out and put in a notebook titled "Projects". How could I not get things done that are so highly organized as to be recorded on a spreadsheet and housed in a lovely 3-ring binder?
7 projects almost ready for quilting (needing backings and/or bindings)
6 quilts ready to be quilted
14 unfinished quilt projects in various stages
Counted Cross-Stitch Projects
10 completed CC-S projects needing finishing (pillows, wall hangings, and/or framing)
15 Little House Needleworks patterns/kits ready to start
10 other CC-S patterns/kits ready to start
5 CC-S projects started
5 projects in various stages of completion - three scarves, one sweater, one shawl
1 wool project (wool purchased) not even designed yet.
ATCs promised for the next five months
Uncounted and not in the inventory are various plastics bins and tote bags into which I did not even look because I was already stressed enough.
Have you seen the program "Hoarders" on A & E? I'm not a hoarder, but I am a "UFOer" and perhaps I need help.