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Mar 1 2010

Organize This

by Vivian A

I don’t understand how my shelves at the library can be in perfect Dewey Decimal and Alpha order but my house is an unorganized mess.

I’ve read the best of the best—Peter Walsh’s ???How to Organize Just About Everything at 501 pages.  It covers just about every organizing situation from planning a wedding to organizing a filing system. I got a workout just carrying it around but due to its extra large size, I never lost it under a pile of clutter.

Walsh also wrote Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big?. It explores the connection between being overweight and clutter. He recommends ways to clean out your house and your refrigerator.

I skimmed “Organizing solutions for people with attention deficit disorder : tips and tools to help you take charge of your life and get organized.” This would be good with a prescription for Ritalin.

I took the fun test in Organizing for your brain type: finding your own solution to managing time, paper and stuff by Lanna Nakone. Her system was foolproof except in my case.

And I own Organizing from the Inside Out: the foolproof system for organizing your home, your office and your life by Julie Morgenstern.

All in all, I’ve tried and grudgingly accepted that I am one of the few, the not proud, the disorganized. But there is a bright side. I took an informal poll of my co-workers and most of them have great looking shelves but messy homes. It’s a good thing you can only come to the library instead of our homes, right?

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Trice March 4, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Love your post. I feel much better about my organizational skills. Maybe after putting so many books and dvds in order at work each day, my poor brain simply can’t function enough to organize things at home.

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