Addicted to organizing

By Cathy Thurber

I’ve heard that the first step in the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  So, I am hereby acknowledging that I am an addict.  My addiction?  Organization.

Yes, I cannot get enough of organization.  I read the magazines and fold down pages.  I read the blogs and pin my favorites.  I bore my husband endlessly about all the little things I want to do around the house.  I just can’t stop!  I think it’s because I feel if I have everything organized then I can adjust to the speed my life seems to flow at…..which is fast.  Some days, my life is just running in the fast lane with barely any time for bathroom breaks.  My brain seems to think that organization will help me on those insane days, so at least I don’t have clutter to get in my way.  This includes my work desk….yes, even though I have a pile or two on my desk they are at least organized so I know what they’re for!

Perhaps sharing my addiction with others is another step towards recovery.  So, here are a few tips that can apply to either home or work, I’ve found:

  1. Use a calendar! Yes, I am obsessed….I have three separate calendars that I write everything down on…my work calendar, my kitchen calendar, and the little calendar on my phone.  I’ve found that the calendar on my phone is the one I use the most.  I have to use a calendar because of all the extra-curricular activities with the kids.  Not to mention if we actually have time for a social event!  I’m assuming I’ll get more of those after the kids graduate.
  1. Figure out what is a priority. There are so many things that I need to get done, especially on the weekends, that I just have to prioritize everything.  Getting the kids to their practices on time sits much higher than grocery shopping, which I could always switch to another day.  Of course, I can’t stand grocery shopping, so that one ALWAYS gets pushed around.  I do this at work a lot, too.  So many things are considered important and I just have to pull out the items that are truly a priority for that day.
  1. Figure out what is a problem and develop a solution. I can’t tell you how many times I end up washing clothes all week long.  This includes nearly all day on Saturday and Sunday, too.  It’s like dirty clothes are bunnies….they just reproduce like crazy on my laundry room floor.  The problem turned out to be two-fold:  my daughter would only bring her hamper down twice a month, and then it would be filled with clothes that she only tried on and never wore.   This was a definite no-no.  Plans were instituted on when the hampers should be brought down.  And if there were clean clothes in the hamper – she did her laundry on her own, therefore freeing up my time.  This sentiment, of course, is also something that is important at work.  It’s imperative to define a time management problem you may be having and figure out how to resolve it.

Of course, there are so many other ways to organize.  Don’t get me started on baskets, shelving, and storage options!  These are just the basics of organizing.  Maybe your desk – or home – will be a little more stress-free because of it!

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