Organization

@celticeagle (120480)
Boise, Idaho
January 18, 2016 6:15pm CST
To many this is a nasty word. It's confusing, perplexing and even frustrating. Whether it's cleaning out a closet, organizing your desk or the garage it is going to take some organizing. "How do I start?" You might ask. Here are four steps that will help you to start thinking about how to be more organized. 1. Thought- What are the basics of what you want to accomplish? Books, clothes, or just stuff. Devising your plan is paramount. What basic items do you want to save? Or, where is the worst bone of contention here? Begin to analyze what you want to do. What is the outcome that you want to achieve? What are the options if any? Mental transformation can help. If you can do it in your mind, you can do it in your reality. 2. Discipline- You must be able to honor what you are about to do. Honor the choices you will make. Go forward understanding that this is what you need or want to do and that you must take certain steps to reach this out come. Can you inforce the choices you are about to make? This is where a lot of people fall off the organization train. It becomes too insurmountable and they become confused and that's all she wrote. You go running into the night. 3. Dedication- You will need to dedicate the meat of the situation into three parts. The basics, or those things that must be saved. The miscellaneous, that which must be put into the basics or thrown out. And, the rest. The rest are those articles you won't be saving. Separate it into these three groups. Work on the miscellaneous until you can dedicate it to one or the other of the basics or the rest. 4. Cleaning- Make a place for the basics. Containers, shelves, drawers, etc. Where will these important items go? Figure out what will be done with the rest. Charity, trash, given away, sold, etc. Is this item something you are just going to store or it is something you will use? If you are just going to store it then it is better to get rid of it. If you know that you will use it then find it a place. Reread #2. Your thoughts on organization. Image courtesy of Flickr.com
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• United States
19 Jan 16
I have clients that I am trying desperately to get organized. The problem is they have little place to store their treasured items. Their living space is smaller with the boxes and crates of treasures.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
Maybe they need to pick and choose and get rid of some.
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@sallypup (29343)
• Moses Lake, Washington
19 Jan 16
@elusivebutterfly It sure was a trip having my Mom with us for some months. She is downsizing to one room living. She used to have an incredible amount of plates in her kitchen cupboards. All that stuff went away and yet when she left us to go live with a sister, she left more stuff that she did not recognize as hers. I now am trying to get rid of stuff like a good coffee table that I do not have room for and yet I hate to just give it away. I may get to that point cause I want my room in my house back!
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 16
@sallypup ...Sometimes selling an item like this makes more sense. You get some money out of it which you can use for something you really need.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jan 16
Great advice! I need to organize badly. I have no room or another ounce of space to put anything and still be able to have a home that doesn't look as cluttered as it feels.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
Start with your basic(most important areas) and work out from there.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Jan 16
@celticeagle That would be my office, and I do need to get this space organized in a bad way.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 16
@just4him ...You have to dedicate yourself to it.
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@sallypup (29343)
• Moses Lake, Washington
19 Jan 16
You are welcome to come to my house.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
I could probably give you some pointers. What's the major things you have going on?
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@sallypup (29343)
• Moses Lake, Washington
19 Jan 16
@celticeagle I just commented on one issue. We clean one corner and stuff fills the corner!
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@sallypup (29343)
• Moses Lake, Washington
19 Jan 16
@celticeagle We had a phase of VHS buying. Now we have no machine that runs them or time to watch so I think it is time to close my eyes and dump or give them to a thrift store. How to get the Tasha Tudor VHS onto a disk??
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@bunnybon7 (37694)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Jan 16
i agree with all that. except my problem is having to do it while sick so i can move my stuff
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 16
I think you need a helper. After you get the basics figured out in your head then you need someone to execute it all for you.
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@BelleStarr (39847)
• United States
19 Jan 16
My thoughts are very organized but my closets not so much!!
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
Hope this helps.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Jan 16
I have always been good at organizing, motivation to get started not so much, but once i do, it rolls right along
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
I have too. Keeping things organized to begin with helps too.
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• India
19 Jan 16
We need to keep watching this area. If we are well organized -- personally and corporately -- we will be able to work comfortable and systematically. At the time of breakdown, we need to find out how to reorganize ourselves instead of quitting.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jan 16
That's where #2 comes in.
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@TRBRocks420 (84485)
• Banks, Oregon
19 Jan 16
I love organization. I just wish the rest of my family agreed with me lol.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
Yes, the meeting of minds is the difficult part. Boundaries and rules of conduct.
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
21 Jan 16
A few years ago when I sold my house and my furnishings I had to decide what I could take with me and what needed to go, it is not easy making those decisions. Now all I need to do is to clean out some papers from my top drawer to make it easier to find the new paper I might need instead of old papers that are no longer in effect.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 16
No, it isn't easy. That is why #2 needs be honored. I think it is a good idea to find a time before bed or after working on these papers to evaluate them and get rid of those that are no longer valid. By doing so you start your new day clean. If you don't do this the papers balloon into something that becomes harder and harder to rid yourself of until it becomes this albatross that is unorganizable.
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
21 Jan 16
@celticeagle Yes number 2 definitely as I do need to do this and soon.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 16
@Marcyaz ...Spring cleaning time is coming up.
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@Morleyhunt (21459)
• Canada
4 Mar 16
I start with the best of intentions and then get sidetracked as shiny things capture my eyes.
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@GardenGerty (104190)
• United States
4 Mar 16
I feel we must be soul sisters.
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@Morleyhunt (21459)
• Canada
4 Mar 16
@GardenGerty trhree are just so many distractions....
@kaka135 (14130)
• Malaysia
21 Jan 16
I agree with you on these good steps. I actually enjoy organizing, I think it's fun to do so and of course I enjoy the result as well. My problem is to keep up the organized areas. Perhaps I need the discipline in keeping things up as well. Besides organizing, I have always been learning about decluttering as well, but I have read that it's better not to own too much, instead of needing to declutter. Hence, I am also learning to simplify and own less.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 16
A simplified life is a happier life.
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@LoriAMoore (4686)
• United States
21 Jan 16
I love things to be organized and in order.
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• United States
21 Jan 16
Great steps you came up with! I totally need to be more organized. I have a hard time parting with items I no longer need.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 16
That is the hardest part of becoming organized. You have to commit to getting rid of some of the stuff you have accumulated or why bother?
@whiteream (3800)
• United States
21 Jan 16
These are great tips. You could have a yard sale and get ride of the stuff you don't use. Or course that would give you money to buy new stuff and it starts all over again.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jan 16
But, better choices makes for less needed space.
@Beatburn (3945)
• Philippines
19 Jan 16
I assess the things in the house. If they've been untouched for over a year, I muster enough strength and let them go. You're right, we need discipline.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jan 16
Yes, we could all use that. haha
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@Inlemay (17141)
• South Africa
4 Apr 16
I did a bit of this all day - I am totally exhausted and think I shall take the week off to get my strength back for the next household challenge