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Organization is not my middle name

standard October 1, 2009 3 responses

Yesterday I attended the second of the mom events at the fabulous new preschool. I figured that since the first event had been so awesome I was in for a treat. Plus, it was about adding a little organization to our lives and let’s just say that that’s something I could use a little lot of.

Uh.

OK. A LOT of.

I felt pretty confident as the talk started. I’ve tried over the years to inject a little organization into our lives. I sorted out the whole laundry thing and organized some of the cupboards. But apparently I barely made a dent.

Rumor has it that the state of my closets puts me right in the “pretty lacking in the organization department.” (You can spot one of my closets and what happened to the laundry room in pictures here.) And the rest of the talk sent me into a tailspin of despair that ended with me having officially given up any hope to ever be organized. And at one point the speaker stopped looking in my direction as she valiantly plowed through her talk. I think I was upsetting her. Or maybe it was my questions that hinted at how bad things were at home. Poor woman. I hope she’s recovered.

Tip #1 was to not keep anything in our heads, but to write them down. Which would be fine, if I could ever remember where I wrote things down.

Tip #2 was to have special baskets assigned to everything. We did not, however, cover what to do when the baskets overfill and the stuff piles up around them.

Tip #3 was to have one calendar and only one calendar. Which is all fine and dandy, but they said that the big family calendar on the fridge was not the ideal solution. Sadly it’s the only solution that has ever worked for me, so I fail at that too. (Though I have been meaning to get my Cozi calendar up and running. Maybe I can finally convince M to get onto that page…)

Tip #4 was to pick up as you go so that you’re not always overwhelmed with what has to be done. What to do about the children who take out what you’ve just put away was not addressed.

But to be fair, it was not all a wash. I gleaned some ideas that might work and more than a few good tips about where to start. And, honest, once we’ve cleared some space in the garage I’m going to start clearing out some of the closets so I can get the rest of the house whipped into shape.

Or maybe I’ll buy a few bins and baskets and place them around the house strategically. It’ll look great… until they start to overflow.

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  • Like any makeover people, those folks are working on the extreme. Take what works for you–and multiple baskets and the like may not–and work with it.

    I get into purging modes, and years ago I helped a veteran teacher purge. She didn’t speak to me the first two days, but by the end of the week, she was ridding herself of stuff.

    Now she emails me that when she needs to clean, she says, “What would Ellie do?” (I am way overrated in her eyes…)

  • Oh, Jessica! (Thanks again for letting me use your pictures for examples)

    #1 I carry one notebook around with me everywhere I go. It becomes habit after awhile. But still it isn’t flawless.

    #2 When stuff starts falling out then it’s time to go through and purge or put away things that don’t belong there.

    #3 It’s completely ok to have more than one calendar.

    #4 LOL, it’s a never ending cycle.

    You just have to start with one area at a time. and then when you get done you have to maintain each area but if you find a solution that works right for you in the first place the maintenance will be easier.

    Don’t give up! If you ever have a question feel free to ask. 🙂

  • This post resembles me. A lot. Trust me – you are not alone.

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