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My (mostly failed) attemps at getting organized.

Monday, July 01, 2013

My bad: I have started so many systems to keep me organized!!! emoticon

On the kitchen cupboard I put sets of little drawers. I labeled each drawer: receipts , people to contact like business cards or their phone numbers, metal things like coins or screws or keys, pens and pencils, etc. Sounds pretty organized, right? emoticon

emoticon Well now there are piles of stuff on top of those ! I can barely find the little drawers. they help some. I never lose keys anymore. And I always have change available. and once in awhile I can find a scrap of paper with someones phone number on it.

emoticon I have similar systems around the house. I guess I am not disciplined enough to keep using a system I set up.

There is an A,B, C system where A is the most important. I have maybe 6 areas in the house where i have started this system...

emoticon I even had a white box just for things I MUST do! It is here --full-- I have gone through it a few times. I hope there is nothing in it with dire consequences.

emoticon I made a bulletin board of a system I saw in a book. divide it into 4 areas, 2 top, 2 bottom.

The top is labeled urgent not urgent

The side is labeled must do good to do sometime


4 quadrants: upper right urgent and must do like CPR !

bottom right not urgent and good to do sometime like buy flowers for the porch


If I get all the upper ones actually done, my life would be pretty organized! But the system did not work for me! I think people who are successful have these categories in their heads!!! A friend of mine is like that. If something is low priority for her, she may or may not get around to it.

Nuf said!!! I am a work in progress. What more can I say! Chris
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SUSANELAINE1956 7/4/2013 7:32PM

    I've been working on decluttering my house. I've thrown away or donated so many things. It's easier to keep up with everything now, and the biggest thing I'm trying to do is put everything away right away. No more laying the mail on my desk for later, or putting my filing in a basket to file later. So far it's working. The real test is to see if I can keep it up day after day.

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A10TIVTRTL 7/4/2013 4:04PM

    I tend to try a lot of different organizers and systems, but I'm beginning to see that the problem for me is not needing a different container or system, it's needing persistence and consistence. Now instead of focusing on the next new organizing book or tool or container or schedule or system or professional organizer, I'm focusing on ME and just staying with it. Like many disorganized people, I was confusing myself by trying too many different things, constantly beginning new "get organized" projects or books or systems. The multiplicity of it all was actually a distraction from what I was wanting and needing to do. Now my mantra is simplify, simplify, simplify - not only in the house but also in my actions. I now have 6 rooms presentable, still have 3 rooms to go. It's been an uphill battle but it's going better since I stopped making new lists and notebooks and plans and systems and started just getting up and CONSISTENTLY TAKING ACTION ON A DAILY BASIS.

P.S. For me, hiring professional organizers didn't work. It was expensive and not that helpful. The answer for me is in myself, not in someone or something external.

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CRAFTSFAN1 7/2/2013 7:14PM

    I think that the first thing we have to do, instead of having to organize, is to avoid getting more things in the first place.
Although many of us are always complaining of: I don't have anything to wear, anything to eat, anything to do, etc. When we have to move is when we know we have a lot of cloth, a lot of food we have to give away, etc.

Comment edited on: 7/2/2013 7:14:28 PM

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CTUPTON 7/2/2013 7:10PM

    True Confessions! I love it! emoticon chris

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STITCH4EVER 7/2/2013 4:57PM

    I AM SO VERY SORRY TO SAY THIS, BECAUSE IT IS A MAJOR INSULT AND I DON'T MEAN IT TO SOUND THAT WAY. BUT YOU ARE DESCRIBING MY HUSBAND. I CAN'T TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF TIMES I HAVE TOTALLY CLEANED OUT HIS OFFICE AND PUT EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER IN IT'S APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE FILE CABINETS. WITHIN THREE DAYS IT LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AGAIN. WHERE DOES ALL THIS JUNK COME FROM? NOW I AM FORBIDDEN TO EVEN GO IN HIS ROOM OR OFFICE. HE ACTUALLY LOCKS THE DOOR! FINE WITH ME - LESS WORK FOR ME I SAY. BUT I STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT IT AND GO THROUGH THERE TO GET TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM. AND THAT IS GETTING MORE DIFFICULT EACH WEEK. YOU WOULD THINK THAT AFTER 19 YEARS, I WOULD KNOW BY NOW, THAT HE ALWAYS WAS AND WILL BE A PACK RAT. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER? I USED TO DO THAT AND THERE IS GOOD MONEY IN IT. I JUST DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH ANY MORE OR I WOULD STILL BE DOING IT.
ERIN

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WHYNOTJ1 7/2/2013 12:40PM

    It can be so hard to find systems that you can make work for you.

I set up a house "Operations Manual" when we moved into our home. They are big looseleaf binders with dividers and pockets. I put important house stuff in one of them, and a photo of the house on the cover. All the appliance warranties, service contracts, contact info for utilities and repairs, local numbers for fire and police, etc. I try to keep it up to date and it has been very helpful.

I also did one for my favorite recipes--I printed them out and put them in page protectors. That way, I don't have to search for them. They can be easily wiped off. I can slide them out of the protector and add notes.

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PYNETREE 7/2/2013 9:07AM

    Oh, how familiar this sounds. Add to that piles of books, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, STUFF we want to do sometime...we have created almost nests in our livingroom. On my side of the loveseat is a pile of STUFF, and on my husband's end of the sofa, his get to pile!! And he brought up a file drawer from the desk to sit on the floor beside him for things that he puts in a file...to take down to the desk and resort and really file! I keep saying my livingroom either needs to be straightend up..or set on fire! Why, now when we are old are we living like this. With all our junk/mess around us...close by?! My kitchen counters used to be clear and organized. Dining room table was where we ate everymeal..now it is covered in mail, circulars, papers! After never letting the kids eat anywhere but the table, no food in front of the TV, or upstairs, NO TV on during meals, or early in the morning. Now we eat in the livingroom or even upstairs...never at the table!

Why are we living this way?! Lordy, let me get going and clear the table right now! Haven't even seen it's surface since the holidays....uhhm, Easter 2010, I think!! emoticon

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KACAR51 7/2/2013 7:58AM

    I try to organize too, but I guess I just get lazy. emoticon


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CHERYLHURT 7/2/2013 7:51AM

  I can completely relate1

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PATTYKLAVER 7/2/2013 7:01AM

    I am just like that. I finally learned to take time once in awhile to get rid of things I no longer use. This helps a bit. There's less to organize. I think I need to get to the stage where I pretend that I have to move: what would I really want to move?

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IKACEY 7/2/2013 4:50AM

    Chris you surely are a work in progress, as are we all on this journey. There are people to whom organization is the only way they can live, and there are those that can't give a blip if one thing is organized. and in between is what I call organized chaos. I'll bet if you think about it you know in what place or pile the important things you need are and even if no one else in the world knows where you have what you do. Hey if it works for you then why worry? You know what they say If it ain't broke don't fix it! lol emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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PLAYFULLKITTY 7/2/2013 4:37AM

    I love to organize...but uh...yea...i'm not an organized type of person...lol. So like you, i have many organization stuff...and i actually start them...but the follow through is kinda rough. The good thing though, is it's like my birthday all year round...i'm always finding stuff i forgot i did or had ;)

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FISHER011 7/1/2013 10:05PM

    I ~LOVE~ this blog! I am in the same boat- a work in progress! emoticon
I am a stacker & I would rather do anything than have to file paperwork-lol
I am living with an organized sister who thinks I am a lazy troll-lol!
Funny-we were like this growing up- she's an organized planner & I'm a fly-by-the seat of my pants girl & I'll get around to organizing my way.
I was much better when I worked, but now I just clean & try to organize as I go.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/1/2013 8:48PM

    Sounds like you overwhelmed yourself with organizing. Sometimes organizing means more than just putting things in a specific place; it means throwing things out and cleaning up things that were not dealt with while still dealing with new issues right away. Instead of making a dozen little places to put things, get 3 big boxes and label them: 'garbage' 'donate/sell' and 'put away'. Choose one room, go through everything in it and decide where it belongs. When you're done, throw away the garbage without thinking about it again. What you must keep, decide where it belongs and vow to always put it there. Then look at your donate/sell pile and decide what is in good shape to be donated and what you can sell in a garage sale. If you have anything that's in a shape you wouldn't buy for yourself, throw it away.

Once you have a room cleaned up, then decide what must be organized and work on always keeping it that way. When you bring new items into the house, immediately find a place for it (if you bought it) or immediately look at it and write a note about what you must do with it and by what date (if it's mail). You might even consider not signing online until you've looked at or put away everything you just brought into the house. If you do it right away, it's done quickly, but letting it build up makes it take far longer.

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IAMWINNING 7/1/2013 5:47PM

    Chris, bless you for trying to bring some organization into your home. And it's good that you recognize your limitations. If you do try some of the ideas already posted, I think the 15 or 30 minutes you spend tidying up needs to be in the same area (a closet, drawer, kitchen counter, etc) until it is done - then move on to another area. Otherwise, you won't see any results of your work.

Wishing you good luck.

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123ELAINE456 7/1/2013 5:41PM

  LOL!!! No One is Perfect Chris. Just keep Working At It and You will Succeed. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ARTJAC 7/1/2013 5:32PM

    emoticon WE ARE THE SAME

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DIDMIS 7/1/2013 5:19PM

    I sit in the midst of my clutter in my office but my housecleaner who comes every two weeks says my house is clean in comparison to some she cleans.
My goodness you have 151 Spark Teams. How do you keep up with those?

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GLC2009 7/1/2013 5:12PM

    i think sometimes the problem with people who have trouble organizing is they have too many systems on the go. to many little boxes, file boxes, bulletin boards, etc, etc.
you need help. i came from a mother who is a hoarder, a grandmother who was. what hope was there for me? so, i am not good at keeping my house clean. and my dh does nothing. when we were first together he would complain about the house, but, he wouldn't even put his garbage away. he would just put his gum wrappers or whatever beside the sink, even though the garbage was right there under the sink. i almost lost it. it was bad enough having my own issues, but, i couldn't possibly add his stuff in too. well we kind of worked that out. but, the house is still a problem at times. (like today when i have my aunt, uncle and mom coming tomorrow to stay for a few days)
but, i have found some help that perhaps may help you. check out the http://www.flylady.net/.
her daily emails help and the big thing is doing something for 15 minutes each day. i have found that helps so much. i mean you can do anything for 15 minutes right? so when you're looking at that overwhelming job, you can break it down in chunks and it gets done. it is so much easier than wading in and just doing it til you're finished.
anyway, i won't go into it. you can read her site and sign up for her emails and i don't think you'll be disappointed.
good luck.

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SUSIEPH1 7/1/2013 5:11PM

    emoticon
My house is much the same .. emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 7/1/2013 5:05PM

    oh boy your not alone. I have papers...music, recipes, business papers, piano lesson papers,ect every where and I have tried to keep organized but its a losings battle and that is just the papers and books and stuff

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FROSTY99 7/1/2013 4:10PM

    I am just the opposite, I am probably too organized. I have to have everything in its place, keep it put up, etc. Sometime I drive myself nuts because I don't rest until things are done! DH keeps saying, Can't you just sit down???? Nope, it is like when I am walking and see a weed, I must pull it. So.....which is better, probably a happy medium which I am striving for.
Maybe if you set aside 30 min several times a week and organized a small area it would help and then going forward keep that up until you get it all done (see I am always organizing!)
Hugs
Pat

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WALLAHALLA 7/1/2013 4:02PM

    I am so organizationally challenged. emoticon

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LETHA_ 7/1/2013 2:21PM

    Right as the real estate market bubble burst in 2007 we decided to sell our house and move. Bad timing. We didnít get any decent offers and decided to stay in the house but as part of that process we decided to reduce our belongings down to what would fit into our 2005 Kia Sorrento. We spent months giving away, donating, selling and dumping years and years worth of stuff we had accumulated. Once we did that my life got a lot simpler. Even though we have accumulated some stuff since then, weíre pretty conservative about new purchases. Not to save money or the environment, but because we donít like clutter and organizing all that junk. If organizing is not your strong suite, consider enlisting the services of someone who is organized. If you canít afford to pay them, perhaps a barter arrangement. Iíll bet there is something you are very good at that someone else could use.

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ILLINITEACHER52 7/1/2013 1:54PM

  Welcome to what I think is a large group of people! I am the same. I am finding that I need to simplify anything that I can for it to work for me. Routines help as well as getting rid of anything that is not needed. I am making progress a little bit at a time. (I have WAY too many projects started and am trying to deal with that as well as keep up with daily tasks.)

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/1/2013 1:16PM

  I wonder if there are more people like you, that it doesn't come natural. and some of these systems don't work for everybody.

I try and modify them, but still I have piles of paper all over. But at least I know that normally these papers will be
A on top of my desk
B in one binder that has 1/2 of my things
C a basket of stuff to be filed ( file is things I hardly use )
D in the file it'self
E a set of plastic drawer ( 2) or a rolling set of drawers

The problem is , certain things should be in these places, but often I have to empty them and sort to see which one/ but usually it is in one of those places.


DO YA feel better now???? emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 7/1/2013 1:00PM

    So think of your disorganization as a blessing. It is what made you such a good spec ed teacher. You could adapt and change quickly with the students at school. You were not locked into one specific method of teaching, organizing or doing things. You were attentive to your students current needs. Think how often curriculum, evaluation, and data taking changed over the years. The state mandates changed every year. Now look at your home. I know you see chaos, but you also see love and casual welcoming. You can pay attention to your friends when they come over or to your husbands needs instead of stressing about a Better Homes and Garden's house. I know this, because I also can't find my degree and teaching license now that I want to find a new job. They are in a box somewhere in the garage.

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MJRVIC2000 7/1/2013 12:49PM

    Make sure You know the difference between a "DECISION" and a "COMMITMENT". God Bless YOU! Vic.

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NANCYPAT1 7/1/2013 12:42PM

    I share your condition - I KNOW that I do better in ALL areas of my life if and when I am ORGANIZED - I just am NOT - I have a small handful of things that I am organized about - almost NEVER lose my keys or my glasses and even other things I manage NOT to lose - but organized - NO.

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/1/2013 12:39PM

    I really like those ideas!

I'm trying to be more organized too. But sometimes I come home all stressed out and just drop everything on the kitchen counter and destroy all my organizing...

Best of luck with getting back to it. To all of us!


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ELINTY 7/1/2013 12:38PM

  I am the same way

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