O is for Organization and omghow.com

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyFirst, I have to tell you about this new website for teenaged girls! My friend’s teen daughter is a contributing writer for omghow.com, and it is newest how-to community geared toward girls. It hasn’t even been officially, officially launched yet, but I have connections and she said I could share. If you have daughters, check out this cool new site!

Oh, O, Organization….

It’s a painful word for me to write. However, it’s easier for me to write about it than it is for me to do it.

For some things in my life, I’m very organized. But you wouldn’t really know that if you saw my home office. I pile stuff. I suppose those piles have their own kind of organization. The kind that only I can decipher.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyMy bestie, Debbie, has helped me organize once or twice. It’s a wonder that she’s still my friend. LOL. (Love you, Debbie!!!)

Don’t get my hubby started on chaos and order stories…And, yes, we are on opposite, extreme ends of the organization spectrum.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyNot too long ago, I worked on my closet (it’s still a work in progress, by the way).

I found a six-shelf sweater hanger in the clearance section a the local Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’d seen them online for about $20, but $6 was waaaay more appealing to me. What I liked about it was that it could hang 1×6 or 2×3. Choices!

I don’t have a huge closet, and neither configuration worked. Not enough choices!

If only the thing had come in two pieces. Then, I  was inspired to rip out the stitching (in the image above) that connected the two 1×3 units.

Woohoo! I have two separate organizers hanging in my closet. They fit perfectly! I use them, too. 😉

Are you a filer or a piler, a stacker or a packer, a chaos maker or the orderer of things? I’d love to hear from you!

10 comments on… “O is for Organization and omghow.com”

  1. I am a little of everything, I have things neatly stored until I need them, then they become piles and stacks, and mounds…then when finished I put them back where I got them from, unlike my wife…

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL, so your wife doesn’t make piles or doesn’t return her piles to their original locations? 😉

  2. Rachel Cahill

    Well, I’m a mix. There are some areas, like the kitchen that are super clean. My bedroom is a work in progress. Just did a MAJOR clean-out of the closet. Still more to do in there, but at least I can hang up my clothes now. I’ve got to remember the saying that for everything you buy, you need to get rid of something.

    Another thing I’m working on is to try to touch something only once. When you have something that you’re done using it, instead of setting it down somewhere and then walking off and leaving it for later, I take the 10 extra walking steps and put it where it belongs. Slowly but surely this is helping.

    My desk….. well that’s another story. OMG the incoming stacks of paper from school, most of which gets looked at and then recycled immediately in the bin next to my desk. Well, I INVESTED in an Evernote Scansnap scanner. A hefty price of $500, but the thing scans both sides of the paper and it’s FAST!!!!!!!! I have been going more and more digital in the storage of my documentation. Old consulting paperwork, insurance docs, statements, etc. are all getting scanned in a little at a time and the clutter is going away. (Of course with a digital system you must backup regularly, so I use Carbonite.com, to keep all of the data backed up automatically without me needing to do anything.)

    For to-do list and project management (home and work) I have moved myself and my team of programmers into my TRELLO boards. This tool has been SO easy to use and share ideas on cards with co-workers and rearrange priorities with drag and drop. It’s been quite a time-saver keeping track of what everyone is working on and all my consulting projects in addition to my personal projects. I just love a href=https://trello.com/rachelcahill/recommend” target=_blank>TRELLO and I in addition to using it in the web browser, I have the app on my tablet and phone, so my whiteboard is now with me everywhere instead of on the wall over my desk.

    It’s a little here a little there, but slowly I’m digging myself out room by room and my tiny house feels a little less tiny each time.

    • Diana Beebe

      Is this scanner related to the Evernote app that I’m in love with (although OneNote is still my favorite!)? You definitely rock the online tools, Rachel!

  3. Visiting from Twitter chat tonight at #azchat – In my home office I very much work on “visual filing” I have piles that only I know if they’re are super important, for shredding, nothing to do with my work at all but that’s where I had space… I aim to organise better! The only thing I’m really organised with is my beads, so I wrote about that on my blog today 😀

    Curling Stones for Lego People

    • Diana Beebe

      The #azchat was fun today. Your filing system is very much like my own. 😀 Heading over your way now…

    • Diana Beebe

      I’ve heard this about IKEA many times. Maybe I should investigate?

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