I wouldn’t exactly call myself organized. I’m a Piler, meaning that I have loosely categorized piles on my desk (and in the kitchen and bedroom) of papers, articles, to-do’s and reading material. Usually, I can find what I’m looking for within five minutes and if not, maybe it will bubble-up into my view within a few days. That’s the other thing — I’m a visual scanner. If I can’t see it, it’s dead to me, which is not always the greatest system. In fact, it has led me to set my New Year’s Resolution (for the past two years) as simply to edit–meaning, weeding out all the things I don’t need and keeping the essentials. The idea that I’ve been working at this for two years and am still not satisfied, tells me that it’s not working. Have you figured out a system to deal with incoming and outgoing items? If you have, please, please tell me. Maybe this dog can learn a new trick.
What Organization Apps, Tips and Tricks Work For You?
We discussed this very question over at the Ebates Savvy Living Community and shared loads of great ideas on taming to-do lists and staying organized. Some people use Evernote, an app that syncs with any device, captures any info (lists, to-do’s, contacts, ideas, notes) and keeps them readily accessible. Are you already using it? What do you think? If not, what do you use to keep life organized?
How Do You Deal With Unwanted Stuff?
Yesterday, I spent a fair amount of time getting things to consignment stores around town and taking the rest to a donation center. When I left the house I had a trunk full of bags and when I came home it was empty. That felt great!!! It’s such a weight lifted off my mind (and a small victory in editing). When it’s time to give the heave-ho to unwanted items in your house, what do you do with them? Do you throw them away, donate, consign, Craigslist or hold a tag sale?
Walking the Talk
I’m currently reading Unstuff Your Life! by Andrew J. Mellen and it’s very good so far. I’ve read Chapter 1: You Are Not Your Stuff (really great reminder of how we identify with our things) and Chapter 2: Keys * Wallet * Purse * Mail. I’ll let you know how the rest of it goes and if my life does indeed, become unstuffed. I’m also adding this book to my Goodreads 2011 Reading Challenge which will bring my total read to 4 out of 24, when I’m finished with it. I’ve got a long way to go…!
Thanks for putting up with all my questions today. This is what makes blogging so satisfying; we can share things, ideas and maybe learn something from each other (or at least we can commiserate!) Thanks for all your ideas in advance. I can’t wait to hear them.
P. S. Here’s my discussion link for the Savvy Living Community on organizing time. Feel free to add your two cents. Everyone is nice and helpful over there.