I've been thinking over all of my resolutions that I entirely mean to accomplish, but have so busy I don't feel like I can get to some of the organizational projects yet. I haven't even had time to blog!!!
Why have I been so busy? My mom's transportation to dialysis has lapsed for the time being, so my sister and I *are* the transportation service. During the week I have the privilege of taking her, and my sister takes care of Saturday. So yesterday and today I will drive back and forth to a distant town 30 minutes away to take her to dialysis. This arrangement will last for up to 3 weeks. She took good care of me, so it is nice to be able to pay her back a bit, but have I ever mentioned that I really don't like to drive much? Especially on slippery roads while it is still snowing...like yesterday. Up and back twice. She *did* buy the kids and me Mexican food yesterday though, and we did get to spend some time with her for awhile, and those parts were nice!
So today I'll take my mom to dialysis and Michael to therapy.
Anyway, that brings me around to the subject of my post today. I thought it might be fun if I propose a topic common to many resolutions, and then ask for your methods, suggestions, recommendations, or any other comments that you'd like. Okay? Are you sport?
So today I thought we'd talk about organization, since that is my Achilles heel.
I'd love to be organized, and I have made progress through the years, but I want to do even better.
This includes daily maintenance of the house *and* the keeping of bank statements, pay stubs, medical deductions etc etc etc for taxes in April.
A big, kind of overwhelming feeling sometimes comes over me when I discuss the next kind of organization: organizing hand-me-downs for the next kid coming along. Can I just tell you how many times I've had to go out and buy a certain item of clothing that I know I have in a box *somewhere*, but who knows which one it is?! Labeling is a huge need when organizing "stuff"!
My ex-husband's mother was an organizing genius. That woman, if asked for any item, even a picture that her son painted and won an award for in 1st grade, could find that item by the following day. No joke. She *loved* organizing in apple and orange boxes. She had a storage room full of orange and apple boxes. And they were all labeled. She had 5 children and her husband was a school teacher, yet they went on vacation twice a year, ate name brand food, dressed nicely *and* had money in savings. All I can say is "WOW!"
So, for all of us who'd love to organize our time, money, and resources, I'd love for each of you to tell a success story of how *YOU* successfully manage and organize the many aspects of your lives. Or, ask a question for other's to answer.
The comment section will be a big part of these question and answer posts, so feel free to respond to each other there and keep the discussion going for as long as you all would like.