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Organization or Lack Thereof

Since school starts in roughly 20 days, I thought it would be time for me to attempt to get organized.  I get these crazy thoughts a few times a year.  I love the idea of organization, I just can’t seem to put those ideas into action.  I like to call what I have going on “organized chaos”.  More often than not, if you ask me to find something, I know exactly where it is.  Don’t ask me how, I think I have an odd sense of where I last saw a particular object.  Just like my memory for phone numbers, though I don’t seem to use that like I used to now that everyone is in my phone under their name and I rarely dial numbers anymore. 

I have tried numerous to-do lists – both online and off – with little success.  I have several calendars – Google (which syncs to phone and iPad), kitchen wall and “Mom’s” calendar notebook.  I have a notebook where I can handwrite to-do lists and a whiteboard in my kitchen for lists.  I have observed several things about my methods:

  • I have too many options – I need to choose one & stick with it
  • I have too much stuff even though I throw away a lot.  Hubby calls me a hoarder – LOL – I am a long way from a hoarder.  He is just a minimalist and keeps nothing.   I like to have mementos from my kids.
  • I come by this honestly.  I found out when venting to my mom the other night that she is the same way and has gone through the same thing.  Thanks, Mom!  Winking smile 
  • I need someone to set it all up and take away all options but one. 

This has frustrated me to the point that my latest notebook is now title “Kim’s Attempt at Trying to Get (and Stay) Organized”.  I figured with the kids starting back to school that I needed to do something.  I have a ton of paperwork for school and all extracurricular activities.  Not only do these need to be filled out, but kept in order so they can be found & turned in when due.  Yes, they expect me to hold onto them for a period of time.  Yikes! 

What do you do to stay organized?  Do you use online task/list methods or old-fashioned paper? 

Make sure to check back tomorrow….fun gluten-free giveaway that will run all weekend and end late Monday!


7 comments to Organization or Lack Thereof

  • I am a hot mess now that my favorite planner is done. Barnes and Noble doesn't sell them anymore and I'm a little suspicious of ordering one from an office web site I've never hard of. I always say I will upgrade to using the iPad, but honestly, I think I prefer pen and paper.

  • Kim, more of us struggle with this than are willing to admit it! ;-) I'm organized in parts of my life and not so much in others … I highly recommend Steph O'Dea's new Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life book. I hope to have my review/giveaway up tomorrow some time. :-)

    Letting go of stuff is one of the easiest ways to "start" getting organized. It seems very difficult at first, but the more you do it, the more addictive it becomes.


    • Shirley, I need all the help I can get! LOL! I am to the point now that I just want to pare down. My mom tells me that it isn't bad, it just seems like it to me. I know she is probably right. I have my OCD traits, too, where things have to be just so, but those are limited! LOL! I can't wait to read your review of Stephanie's book. :)


  • rumfunandsun

    I am usually well organized or there is no way I would be able to have gotten through grad school with a family, but since we have moved things have gone down hill! School starts next week for us so I need to get on it ASAP!! Thanks for the reminder!!!!

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