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2 Mistakes that keep you Disorganized

The obvious first mistake that keeps you disorganized is that you don’t put things away.

Instead you put something down, thinking you will take care of it later. That’s the start of a possible pile. Something not in the right place.

Next thing you know, something goes on top of the first piece. – There’s your pile. It starts with just 2 items. And by the end of the day something else is added to it. Now there’s 3 pieces.  It’s definitely a pile!

And later something else goes on top of those 3 things until there’s more, and more, and more. Now you’re suddenly inundated with piles. Piles everywhere.

 The best way that you can stay organized is to do what my parents taught me:

 “Take something out, put it back.” 

 If you’re done using it, put it away, NOW.

  • Not later.  
  • Not tomorrow.
  • Not next week. 
  • Not next month.

 

If it’s put away, it’s not going to end up in a pile. No piles means “almost organized.” What did I say – “almost organized?”

 

The second mistake makes “almost organized” turn into “mostly organized.”

This is the mistake of just putting things away anywhere.  Just tossing items into a hall closet or onto the bed or floor in the spare bedroom isn’t organized.  When you put something where it doesn’t belong, it might be put away, but it’s not really organized.  If you can’t easily find it, it isn’t organized.

Let’s take clothes on a chair in the bedroom.  That’s still the start of a pile, or added to a pile. Clothes have a place – either the dresser drawer or the closet.   Chances are it’s the closet. Pants go with pants, tops with tops, and skirts with skirts. It’s that simple to organize.  Don’t stick a top in the middle of the pants section. It’s not in its right place.  It’s not organized.

Think logical, even if you’re a creative.

 

So don’t just pick any place. Put everything in its place.

 

Being organized isn’t that hard.  It’s more maintaining it after you get organized so you don’t become disorganized again.

 

 

 

Where did it go?

It disappeared.  It just vanished.

I spent days looking for it, hours at a time.

I looked under the bed, in the closet, everywhere.

 

But I can’t find the remote for the bed so my husband can sleep somewhat upright. If you have sleep apnea, you know what I am talking about.  It’s like a hospital bed. Adjust it any way you want it to go.

I know I shouldn’t think so, but I suspect a little grandkid about 3 yrs. old may have moved it.  He loved to push the buttons and watch the head or the feet of the bed go up or down.   I did call and ask him if he took it, and he said no.

 

Of course it didn’t help that it had been missing for a few days before we realized it. My husband stopped raising his bed every night because sometimes he could just fall asleep. And it doesn’t help that there is a garbage can right but he night table where the remote would Sit. I really do think I would have checked the trash bag if it weighed much as it is usually just full of tissues.  But it’s been 3 weeks and the remote has now shown up.

I’m an organizer, and I don’t like to say I lost something, but it’s lost. Possibly lost forever.

We called the bed company and they wanted $150 for a new remote.  Then it turned out that they could take m y emote – since we got matching beds – and pair it to his bed.  So we did that since I only raised mine when I had foot surgery and had to be in bed several days.

Still hoping we find it, but I’m almost giving up.  But – you never know.  I have yet to pull absolutely everything off the closet floor – just in case it’s in there.  About 2 years ago I found a digital camera in a boot.  Apparently my husband packed it in the boot on the way home from a vacation and forgot, and we just thought we lost that camera.  Of course when we found it we already had better cameras.

So even though I’m an organizer, some things can get lost, accidentally.

Never said anything was 100%.

Reminder:

Have a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

And don’t change it!   (story for another day)

 

 

PS  If you have little kids and remotes – hide them (the remotes, not the kids) when they come over.

Or the remotes may disappear!

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