Are you organised or a good organiser?

@vegegirl (828)
Australia
August 15, 2008 11:50am CST
I have to admit I am terribly unorganised. I seem to be on the proverbial treadmill between going to work, making meals after work, getting food ready for work the next day, then washing, shopping etc and never seem to get lots of extra house work done that could have crept up at busy times. But I really want to be organised, I even have a few books on becoming organised, but I never seem to get there. I have met lots of other challenges in life, but the organising thing is one that overwhelms me. Do you have this type of problem, or are you one of those organised whizzes? I f so do you have any tips?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
21 Aug 08
My only tip is to stay on top of it all to start with LOL! Actually I think if organizing feels overwhelming, you probably have more stuff than you can handle. Laundry used to be a big enemy of mine...so I got rid of a lot of clothes that I didn't really like. I just wore them because I was always so behind on laundry I had no choice but to wear them. That can apply to pretty much all items a person has in a home. Sixteen place setting are more than a couple person needs and will just lead to a pile of dishes that no one wants to wash. 5 bookcases of books not counting the stash of boxes full in the garage might seem like a mini-treasure but if they'll never be organized enough to actually read, what's the point? There's a great website that can help you through this and get yourelf an organized person... www.flylady.com
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
22 Aug 08
thanks foxyfire. You seem to have experience in paring down our belongings! I have been to flylady before( awhile ago), but perhaps I should revisit - you seem to know what you are talking about!) 5 bookvcases of books sounds nice!
@redsponge (557)
• Malaysia
16 Aug 08
You need a schedule. Being unorganised always cause the loss of time and money. Try to make a schedule, you can do it day by day. I mean, first, you list out things to do on the following day. Then, you allocate the time and choose the best time of the day to carry out the activity. Follow the schedule, and you might find that you get your job done on time without feeling tired. I think this help!
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
16 Aug 08
Thanku redsponge, that makes a lot of sense. I often write lists and sometimes carry them out, least part of them and other times things come up so I don't get time to do it, or I feel tired so do less of it. Other times as well I spend too much time on the computer at places like mylot and don't get other things done! I made sure tonight I got some things done before I logged into mylot!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Along with that, make sure you only schedule a chore for 15 minutes at a time. When you look at that dreaded chore, it's easier to get started if you know you only have to give it 15 minutes of your time rather than the next 4 hours of your life. It makes it easier to stay on track and not get distracted by more fun things and once you really get into it you may find yourself willingly working at it longer than 15 minutes at a time. (of course the same goes for the fun things! Give yourself 15 minutes of fun time for every hour of chores but keep an eye on the clock and don't get lost in the fun!)
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
22 Aug 08
thanks, it is good to be reminded of all those things, allocating a schedule and the 15 minute rule.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 08
I am also an unorganized person. I never seems to be able to finish my work and keeping the house speck and span. I used to have a cleaner to help me out but since she has left I am yet to look for one. I have scout for books on how to be organised but I still have not found the right formula to get myself well organised.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
I can relate to that - I would like to have a cleaner but I would feel that I would be to lazy to do that - I know this is different in different countries - in Australia cleaners are quite expensive, plus they don't really do organising, just cleaning and you need to be able to trust them if they will be in your house without me. One time I paid my sister to do some organising for me (she was between jobs) and she did a great job of filing papers and organising things, plus some cleaning. Normal cleaners don't do this type of thing though.
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