Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Organized or You got to be kidding!


It’s a new year and ever January I make the same attempt to get more organized. Just one little thing I tell myself can make a huge difference.

If I put all that tax mail in one place I won’t be running around like a chicken with my head cut off on April 15th.

If I can just put all my notes in one notebook instead of post-its all over my computer and wall I won’t be crawling around on the ground for that phone number for the plumber.

If I just put all the things to mail in a basket they wouldn’t get kicked under my desk, lost behind the computer, crunched under my office chair.


I guess this makes me pretty much of a chaos person...actually a hopeless chaos person. I finally got all my fav recipes stuffed into the front of my fav cookbook. I bought one of those picture binders to put them in but buying the book was as far as I got to organizing them.

As for balancing my checkbook I gave that up years ago. I figure the bank can add and subtract...least I hope they can. When I go into the bank the tellers weep.

As I’m writing this I’m trying really hard to think of one...just one advantage of being a member of the chaos club. Maybe it lets me think out of the box...mostly because I can’t find the box.

So why am I like this? It’s got to be genetic that’s all I can figure. Some relative in my distant past had to have a head of spaghetti just like mine...probably the same person who gave me the no musical talent gene and made it impossible for me to jump and clap at the same time.

So what about you? Are you one of those neat-nicks or a member of the Where the heck did I put that club? Do you know where your keys are right now? Do you know how much is in your checking account? If you had to write something could you find a pencil or would you have to hunt one up?


If you are one of the organized people I so envy you and the big question is...how did you get that way?

Hugs from Duffy




34 comments:

Gram said...

The older I get, the more organized I get. Memory is no longer enough, I have to put things where I can find them. :-)

Margo Bittner said...

Have you met the Flylady? She helps you get organized 15 minutes at a time. I love her daily emails and website.

Aurian said...

Lol duffy! I am totally not organized, I just put all my financial mail in one big pile and never look at it again. Put it in a binder? Lol too much effort. I know the general location of where to find something, but that's it. And of course there are piles and piles of books everywhere.

Karen in Ohio said...

Not balancing your checkbook? That won't do!

But you can make it absolutely painless, if you use financial software. If you set it up right you can download every account into the computer, and check stuff from there. I've been using Quicken since its first version, in 1984 or thereabouts, and it has evolved so well. What used to be a nightmare of having to enter every single thing by hand is now fully automated, including checking, saving and investment accounts, plus credit cards, and even mortgages. All with one click. All you have to do is download the information periodically and then review it. So easy, and it will make you the most organized ever when tax season comes around.

Let me know if you need help. But I bet one of your kids would be whizbang at this, too.

Annette N said...

Duffy, Duffy, Duffy! I write notes and lists to myself and put them in the middle of my kitchen table. I have stacks - but I think I know what the stacks hold - so I can try to find things. But, I also put things away so they are safe and of course they are never seen again. I like to have things where I think I know where they are- and at times that actually works. I know this - I have taken to using containers - baskets and cubbies - to hold bunches of things. Then at least I have fewer places to search. Of course - if you come to my house don't let any of the baskets fall over on you - you could become a dead body for one of those terrific books you write.

anneL said...

Sorry, I'm one of the neat freaks. I have gotten more so but I started because my dad isn't and never has been, he's an out of the box thinker definitely! I go through my mail daily, post my checks to be paid the next day from when they arrive, etc.. It's not always fun, thinking about this stuff all the time!! and my next project is my kitchen cupboards!! Have to admit they are not up to my standards.. :)

mary kennedy said...

Duffy, I'm one of the disorganized people in the world! A former boss (who happened to be a pack rat himself, his office looked like something out of HOARDERS) gave me a bit of advice. He said, "If you can't train yourself to file stuff as it comes in, at least designate certain areas of your office for particular topics. Then when you desperately need to find a file or a book, you'll at least know where to start looking." I've actually found this to be helpful!

Dru said...

I'm very organized. I don't like clutter.

Kathy Dunn said...

I said I am organized. Then I look at the stacks of papers and books in my room (neatly stacked I might add) and realize I'm not that organized. I know I need to go through all of my papers and I will soon. For now I just pick up a book and read.

Zena Weldon said...

My Dad created his version of chaos and my Grandmother was a cleaning perfectionist. Consequently I'm neat and dislike cleaning. Two stories from my past. First, my Dad's den was filled with piles, some neat and some messy. He could always find what he wanted in the chaos. My deal with him was I wouldn't clean his room if he did. My Gram, the cleaning wizard, argued about it. One day I came home from work and found the two of them sitting in the living room, glaring at each other. Gram clean and tidied up Dad's den. He couldn't find anything. The second is about my Dad's den again. My Dad was away and I came home to discover we were burgled. The detective looked at my Dad's den and said, "Oh, my, they really made a mess in here!" to which I replied, "No, this is my Dad's room. Nothing has been touched except for two items missing." The detective's facial expression was priceless.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Right now, I am searching for my packing tape and my last year's income taxes. I know I should have some packing tape but where is it in this 5 room apartment? Of course, I have the tax papers but where are they?. Did I mistakenly throw them out? My tree is still up because I had trouble with my kitchen tv and had to play around with that for 3 days. Bought a new one and couldn't get the stand on it so brought it back and they did it. Finally, I gave in and made Frontier come and get me set up again. The packing tape is for the box Frontier sent me and I have to send back. Don't want to be charged for it. Living alone I like to eat with the tv. Sad isn't it? Now to search the house again and then get the tree down.. Good thing it's not real so no needles dropping....I will try to be more organized after this. ha ha

Anonymous said...

I'm a combination. Yesterday I absolutely had to put in the new ink cartridge for a letter going snail mail and spent 10 minutes looking for it until I saw the box next to the printer (duh!). I can't tell you how many years I have put the state tax booklet away in a "safe place" and then scoured the small 5 room house for it when all the info comes in. On the other hand, I have a pair of reading glasses in the car, in my purse, and in the house (thank you Costco for the 3 pairs for $15) and I have small LED flashlights in a drawer in every room of my house as well as in the car (again, thank you Costco). My grocery list is on the frig with a small pencil on the table but then I have to remember to put down items which I think of in the bathroom or other rooms and remember to take the list. Cordella

LD Masterson said...

My home looks pretty much clutter free, especially since I decided to simplify life a few years back and got rid of a lot of "treasures". But my desk and the area around it would make a neat-nick weep. I know where things are. Sort of. But it's a mess.

Annette said...

Let's be truthful here. Will anyone else notice if your office, house, or closet is organized? Probably not! My hubby and daughter wouldn't notice if Martha Stewart came over and reorganized the entire house. So, I say why bother if I am the only one who would notice or even care. As long as everyone can find their "stuff", we're happy.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You made my day, Duffy! XOX MJ

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Gram, I have to write eveything down or it never happens. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Margo, I need to give this a try. Thanks tons!!!!! I feel like my brain is a plate of spaghetti. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Aurian, we are indeed soul mates! This is my house too. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Karen, you lost me at financial software! LOL. You are a darling and so far out of my league. I haven’t balanced a checkbook in years. I never know how much is in my checking account. I have an accountant…who cries a lot…and a financial planner who keeps me out of the poor house.

Duffy Brown said...

HI, Annette! Love the basket idea. I need one of those. Least I can divide stuff inot baskets like important, sort of important and who knows. Thanks!

Duffy Brown said...

I need to hire you!!! Ann, you are an amazing woman and my hero!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Mary. I sort fo do that. I’ ve posted a picture at the bottom of my financial junk desk. The IRS would love it.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Kathy, but you have neat stacks and that’s a lot. When you see the picture you’ll see how unneat my stacks are.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Zena, my husband was just like this. His desk, workbench etc was a mess but ask him where something was and he knew where it was. You dad was an amazing man sure wish I could have seen that detective’s face. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Diane!! We are twins!!! I’m sitting here laughing my head off as this is like reading about myself. Hugs to you!

Duffy Brown said...

I do this too with taxes. Taxes are my enemy for more reasons than one. After the fill in your name past they make no sense at all. LIke reading a foreign language. Love that you go shopping with a list. This is one of my 2015 goals so I don’t run out of toilet paper and wind up with 20 bars of soap. LOl

Duffy Brown said...

Yep, my office is the worse place of all. I try and keep the house picked up so hte kids to toss me into an old folks home for losing my mind.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Annette. When the house starts to really look bad the kids start giving me the she’s going batty look. I keep the downstairs okay but my office and my room are a zoo!

Duffy Brown said...

I don’t think I can add a picture. I took one of my financial deak that will make you all fee like the most organized person on the planet. I post it on FB so you can see. http://www.cozychicksblog.com/2015/01/organized-or-you-got-to-be-kidding.html?showComment=1420673304841#c3540080745708673341

Duffy Brown said...

the trouble is that every word is true!

Jeff Salter said...

In the library where I worked for 26 yrs., I was known to have the most cluttered office of anyone with an office. Yet, I knew where everything was.
And when people would lose THEIR copies of stuff, they'd come to me and ask for my copy. Nine times out of ten, I could find it... and usually while they were sitting/standing there.
so, there must have been method to my madness.

Katreader said...

I am most definitely a member of the "where the heck did I put that" club. It's so frustrating all the time I waste looking for things. I too strive, periodically to become more organized-I should buy stock in plastic containers, alas I never achieve organization. Sigh.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Jeff.
You sound just like my husband…his office was a mess but he knew where everything was. You both have very organized minds. The problem is I have messy desk and brain. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

We are twins!! I’m just like you. I keep trying and trying to get organized and it never happens. I so dread tax time! Big sigh here too.