Are You Organized?

I have said this before but I have not gotten any better: when God was giving out organization skill I must have been in the wrong line! No clue what I thought the organization line was but I was not in it. Probably lost my schedule for Heavenly Gift Disbursement.

Today I have been trying to fill out the paperwork to collect on the trip insurance. They want all these dates and amounts and stuff.

Pretty sure I have it all. Somewhere. I never throw things out. That probably contributes to the problem.

Anyway, for you for whom there is still hope, I thought I would look up some ideas for organizing our lives. Let’s see what the experts say.

The experts go right to the heart of the matter: eliminate clutter. Really? What would I have if I did not have clutter??? Queen of the Pilers here [In terms of organization, pilers are those who create piles instead of files!]. Anyway, the experts suggest we buy organizers and label them so we know where things are. Bills and important papers can be put in color coded trays. (Was red for bank statements? No, I think that was blue.)

Food in the fridge should be organized in a way that makes sense to you. Everyone in the family needs to put things back in their places. It was suggested things in the refrigerator only be stored one item deep. Not sure how that would work.

Might need to clean the fridge…or buy a second one…and a third.

To organize your closet and avoid fashion faux pas the experts suggest putting outfits together on the same hanger ahead of time and always wearing those pieces together. Matching socks can be put in the same Ziploc bag. If you don’t want your red underwear showing through your white top, the experts suggest you store the wilder unmentionables in a different drawer or put them in an odd shaped container.

Putting labels on possessions was also suggested. The last time I had labels on my possessions I was in kindergarten and the labels all said Susie. What I think the experts mean is taking a black marker and labeling what the garment is. They also suggested using other coding systems, like pins or a string with knots. For example, a string with two knots would mean it was a yellow blouse. One knot might be for a white blouse.

All of which is great but it doesn’t help me remember the date I bought the trip insurance.  For that I have a little thing called a travel agent. When I cannot get my act together I lean on someone who can. And that is my ‘expert’ advice on organization.?

Click here for some organization ideas for both pilers and filers.

[Lin/Linda here: I’m a 3rd type of organizer, I’m a hider as in “out of sight, out of mind”.  Makes my husband nervous when I’ve been away from him for more than a day!]

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