In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Forced Motivation

I found out my room at school is being made into a computer lab.  Nothing like an imminent move to make me think about what I actually need and want to store.  Moving has forced me to get rid of stuff simply because I didn’t want to pack and unpack it in the new space.   I have also learned that those boxes of “sort later” are often not touched for years.

Yesterday,  I sorted binders that were left by the previous speech therapist.  They have tons of ideas and could be useful with a number of students, but since August there are many of them that I haven’t open.  So I did a quick sort and put the ones I actually used or really really like and want to use on one shelf.  Then I put all of the ones related to specific speech sounds (s, r, th, etc) or phonemic awareness in an empty drawer.  The others go on the bottom shelf.

So now I’m left with a shelf of binders to sort through and figure out realistically what I want to do with it.  I have a hard time getting rid of items in all areas of my life–paper that should be filed or recycled, books, random broken things that “might get fixed”, and things I haven’t used in years–but like the idea of using.  Now with my work this hoarding is magnified because of the fact that budgets are small and working with a wide range of needs and ages (4-12).

Intellectually, I’d rather have an organized room that is neat and have a smaller number of well used items that I am familiar with rather than a pile of stuff that contains both treasures and trash.

However. . . . .

  • what do I do with the stuff
  • when will I find the time
  • what if I get rid of the wrong thing and need to buy it later
  • how will I find the stuff a good home
  • how do I avoid just passing the clutter on to someone else
  • how do I avoid transferring the clutter from work to home

On a side note,  I have no idea where I will be going next year. Like any school, there is no room that is empty and waiting for a loving occupant.  Typically SLPs are not known to have large offices.  There are frequently jokes about getting a window  and how large of table the room will fit.  In the world of SLPs, my current room is nice. Will I share an office?  How large will the space be?   So downsizing my materials is probably a good plan.  The nice thing about moving is that there is a forced time to have the organization done.  Nothing like some external motivation to kick me in the butt.   And luckily I have plenty of warning to do it correctly or at least have no one to blame if I don’t.

Happy Organizing!

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Back in the Saddle (hopefully)

I’m back. I’ve been out of the habit of blogging and organizing. I’ve tried some 5:30 am classes (I’m loving Tabata!), working on paperwork at work, school carnival, and generally being lazy.

On a productive note, I chose to organize rather than blog about organizing yesterday. I figure it is another step in my goal of being an organized person and gives me something to blog about. Not that my accomplishments were spectacular–tidying main level and cleaning the microwave, but both needed to be done–or at least worked on. I got more done and worked longer on it because of Pandora radio. I also have the ornaments off the tree.

I’m hoping that I can continue my motivation into my long weekend. Now to figure out where I left my caddy with all of the cleaning supplies.

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