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Organization 101: Family Archives, Part 2

Have you been to Target or Wal*Mart lately?  Notice how all of these stores have their own little marketing scheme so blindingly there?  Of course, you have.  It’s time to organize all of your holiday loot and decorate for Valentine’s Day, at least according to the retailers. The part I find a bit ironic, is there is no tub or bin big enough for all of the loose papers you have floating around your house/kitchen counter/brain.  And there is not a professional organizer in sight coaching you on how to use that bin.  It’s sort of like binging on diet food only to get fat.  Okay!  Time to get down to the nitty-gritty.  Like I am really one to talk as I sit here amidst this pile of  junk I call my desk, but here goes: Turn on some music that gets you moving.  Turn it up loudly if you don’t have a sleeping child in earshot. Clear the space.  Gotta make a mess to clean a mess. Sit and go through each and every piece …

Organization 101: The Family Archiver

You have no doubt seen that television commercial for…hummm…I think it’s for a photo printer…the kid is cannonballing into a sparkling blue swimming pool caught mid-air and saying, “Mom, when are you going to get me out of this camera?”  Know the one?  Well, what have you done to get your kids out  of your camera and into your life?  Don’t get me wrong.  I know not everyone has the skills,  interest, or time  in laying out a scrapbook to perfection.  You don’t have to.  Let the folks at those Internet photo places do the work for you. A couple of years ago I was super-resistant to the idea of having a computer-generated keepsake.  “I can do it myself!” I asserted not much differently than a two-year-old.  And I did — at least in some ways.  I started with trips to Archivers and then to Michaels and Hobby Lobby and ended up spending gobs of money on trinkets and embellishments and pens.  Then I would lay it all out to spend even more–time, now–assesmbling and …

Organization 101:

I’m feeling a bit unsettled today.  I don’t know what the deal is.  But I do know this: cleaning, organizing, and purging helps me calm that feeling of unsettled-ness.  In fact, when I was a teenager and I would get one of those lovely days off of school…a snow day or a random holiday such as President’s Day, I would often spend it cleaning.  Yep, I guess you could say I was a quirky teenager.  There was something so calming and satisfying about scrubbing a bathroom and watching it gleam, or running the vacuum and seeing those beautifully detailed vacuum stripes running along the carpets.  I knew I had done something worthwhile, something I could sit back and say, “Oh wow–that looks great.  I did that.”  Of course, back in the day, I was jamming out to Boston or Journey or Prince before he (?) was a symbol.  In fact, I can even remember thinking, “I hope when I grow up and married and have house, I will feel unsettled a lot so I will have …

Organization 101: What a Mess!

Okay, as much as I like to make order out of chaos, I just don’t feel in the mood–at least not today.  I am looking around my house and thinking, “Ugh.  What a mess.”  There seem to be two worlds colliding here: Christmas take-down (along with all of those new gifts) and a “new” family room to organize and decorate.  In some ways, it feels like I just moved in.  You know how everywhere you look there isn’t one neat room?!  Everywhere I look, there is something to be done and it’s driving me bonkers.  That’s when I remembered some advice I was given about moving: pick one room and make it as neat and livable as possible.  Unpack everything, get rid of the boxes, hang things on the wall, make it cute.  It will become your “sanctuary” as you continue to unload of all of your earthly possessions.   It seemed simple enough at the time– and it worked.  I need to find that one room right now and get to it.  Trouble is, do I …