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This got me up in arms (really frustrated) and I’m mostly an introvert!

I read something that I totally disagree with.

In fact it surprised me how strong my reaction was.  I feel like a fish out of water.

 

Just minutes ago I read an email and someone suggested this. I shot back an email immediately and said

“Please don’t ever do that!”

In fact if you follow me on twitter, you might have seen that someone recently tagged me in an article we were both quoted in, that had this same idea (not a comment from the person who tagged me.)  Normally I would have played up a place I’d been quoted in, especially since it’s a major online pub. I admit that I didn’t promote this article because I didn’t agree with many of the other organizers’ comments in the article.  But today I feel like I need to say something after one more person even thought of doing this!

So what am I fussing about?  I just got an email that said this guy was thinking of “color coordinating his books.” I think this guy was jesting when he said it, but I’m not sure.  I literally told him that sentence got me “up in arms.”

Maybe you’d think that organizing books by color is a good idea. The blocks of colors would look pretty. It’s logical. Something I’m all about – logic. I even advocate color coordinating for: paper file systems, binder spines, closet organizing and especially for calendars.  I’d color coordinate my digital files, if I could. But that’s about it. Color coordinating your books – it’s useless!

Really, how can you even think of color coordinating your books–or sorting them by height? How do you find anything? Are you going to remember a book is blue, or yellow or green, or tall or short? There’s only one way to organize books and that’s by type. First separating fiction from nonfiction and then by categories: i.e. biographies, art, music, health, hobbies, etc.   For business:  marketing,  sales, writing , training, etc.  You can even create subcategories: I have separate shelves for office organizing, time management, and home organizing. That’s how you organize books. That’s how you find something.

The realtor’s.com article is about décor. I don’t organize my house for someone else to think it’s pretty. I organize my house and my office so I can find what I want — WHEN I WANT IT!

Everything in its Place – that’s my motto and my business name.  Make your house, and especially your office, functional, don’t organized things to waste time.

OK, I feel like I’m on a soapbox. And I was wondering what I was going to write about on my blog. No problem this week.  I’m done.  I need a nice cup of hot chamomile tea and a good Victorian romance book to relax!  Yes, I do read  them!  (refer to the comment in the realtors.com article)

Eileen

PS  And for heaven’s sake, don’t use your books to hold up a lamp or anything else. You bought the books someone wrote them– read them or display them or donate them.  But please don’t ruin them!

 

Regrets After Decluttering

When my mother passed, and my father cleaned out the house, there were 2 items I didn’t think to ask him to save.

  1. One was a picture I had made for my mother.  It was just a paint by number, but it was a picture of a woman celebrating the Sabbath on velvet and she had framed it and kept it on our living room wall.

    Thinking about regrets

    Thinking back

  2. The second regret was sheet music I had since I was around 12 or 13 when I was taking piano lessons.  They were all popular songs. I never could get the left-hand notes right or coordinate it with the right hand, so the piano teacher taught me guitar chords on the piano for the left hand.  I had all this sheet music from popular songs of the day, and my Dad pitched them.  Now, I did get the actual piano when he moved to Florida, but I wish I had that sheet music to go along with it!

 

 

 

 

Here’s an article of items other people regretted losing.  It appeared in a blog called SpareFoot.

You might to check it out:   decluttering regrets

 

Have you ever tossed something when you were decluttering that you wish you still had?

Comment below.

Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

 

Eileen

 

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