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Moving the disorganized person

I hope that I have developed sufficient skills to get my new place in order and keep it that way. I do not know. One thing I do know is that putting everything away here is no piece of cake. Not actually fun at all.

Today I put together the bookshelf for my bedroom. I have not yet attached the doors for the bottom half. It looks like this will be a little more annoying. I knew the entire piece would be the most annoying of the batch, and it was and yet it wasn't that bad. I did make a mistake: I reversed the top shelf so that the raw particle board surface faces front. I figure rather than tear the thing apart and turn it around I will go to a hardware store and find some vinyl tape of some sort that can do the job. It's a big piece, the shelf, and I expected to develop a hernia just getting it upright but I didn't. I think this particle board is of a lower density than others I've dealt with in the past. So yay for progress of a sort!

The shelves minus doors


Making decisions of what to put where has been rather difficult for me. I have managed so far by telling myself that I can change my mind later. Otherwise I'd be paralyzed. What this made me think of, though, and not for the first time, is that when the "clean sweep" people go into a home and do the organizing and putting away are they doing the residents a favor? What do those places look like six months later? A year? I want to know. I feel that by making the decisions myself, even though it takes longer than hiring someone to do it, I stand a better chance of managing it all longer.

My office shelves as of yesterday. Surrounded by boxes. They have more stuff on them now...and there are fewer boxes.

edit: I started on the doors. I have reached an impasse on the hinges. They won't do what they're supposed to. I may actually call Ikea.



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Jul. 27th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on wanting to see a "after the sweep" show. I have a feeling most of those people go right back to their cluttery ways.

(I'm loving the pics of your new place/stuff)
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
I do think so too, unless they get fairly intensive help on learning how to manage the clutter.

When I watch those shows I notice how they introduce the couple and how they got where they are. There is usually some "defining moment" or some situation that they point to - having lots of kids, moving into a much smaller space, something like that - that changed them from being non-cluttery to becoming cluttery. That's how they present it, anyway. I also notice that those homes are not particularly "dirty". Things are dusted, polished, swept. I'm curious about how that happens. When I go cluttery it's all the way.

Jul. 27th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
When I go cluttery it's all the way.

Same here. I don't half ass. I'm too lazy for that. I don't "ass" at all. (though my wife says I quarter ass)
Jul. 27th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
"quarter-ass", huh? It's hard to tell if that's better or worse than "half-ass". I suspect worse.

Jul. 27th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I used to be a very cluttery person but over time I've become much more organized. I really got tired of spending time looking for things so I gradually got into the habit of putting them back into their place when I was done with them. Now it's more or less automatic. The down side is if I don't put it back, I have no idea where to look anymore.

One thing that really helped was a shredder right next to the place I open mail. Most mail gets shredded right there and doesn't lay around composting in place.
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
...so I gradually got into the habit of putting them back into their place...

It's one thing to be in the habit of not putting things away. It's another thing to be not sure where "their place" is. That's my situation. Deciding where things belong. Once I have that worked out, as well as some system for remembering where those places are (I use a lot of labels these days), it will actually be a pleasure to put them away when I'm done.

I don't know why it is, but some of us simply do not come an understanding of where things belong naturally.
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