Sunday, December 14, 2008

Getting organized

Camy here, talking about Spring ... er, Winter cleaning.

Yes, my house is SO MESSY that I need to start in Winter to finish my Spring cleaning. Oy!

Actually, this was started because we have to enter that spider-infested domain that is THE ATTIC in order to get our Christmas decorations out. And in order to even put our Christmas decorations up, we have to clean up.


I am chucking junk with a vengeance.

Do we need this anymore?

Have we ever used this? (alternate question: Have I ever worn this?)

Is there a reason this was put here or was it because we couldn’t think of anyplace else to put it?

What in the world is this?

I think the rust means it no longer works.

Ew! Ew! Ew! Spider!

After chucking junk, though, I have to organize the junk—er, stuff we do have.

Some things are easy to organize. Books, for example. They go on the shelf or in plastic bins (I have a super anal Excel spreadsheet that lists all my books and which box each one is in, and the boxes are all numbered).

Yarn is another easy thing to organize. I sort them by size and/or fiber content and put them in those nice plastic bins from Costco.

But what about all the odds and ends? Extra parts for the telephone? Extra cable for the TV? Extra dog toys and leashes? My husband’s keychain collection???

Any ideas? Right now, I am sticking things anywhere I have room that is an even halfway logical place to put them.

But the good news is that I can now see the floor! LOL

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Her novel Single Sashimi is out now, and she runs the Story Sensei critique service. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things. Sign up for her newsletter YahooGroup for monthly giveways!


Camy Tang said...

Any ideas? Or want to commiserate with me?

Stephanie said...

Hi Camy
I am a teen girl from Australia and I go on this blog A LOT! Just wanted to write a comment telling you that I find you quite funny and that you and the others that write on this blog are helping my relationship with God and just thought you'd like to know that you are even reaching people here in Australia!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I can totally relate. In AZ we rarely have basements, right? So, the Garage is where my stuff collects. UGH. Talk about spiders. LOL

Yeah, we're on the whole, "If you haven't worn it, used it, etc it for a year, it's gone."

LOL...thanks for the post.

Steph said...

Hey Camy,

Ditto what the (other) Stephanie said about the awesomeness of your blog. I read a couple Christian blogs like this and yours is one of my favorites - it's easy and fun to read, and is encouraging without belittling or anything.

Maybe for organizing, you can have a small set of stacking drawers in a hardware closet or something(I got some at target for my dorm) where you keep extra parts for various appliances. I'm struggling with odds & ends too! On break from my first year of college I'm home and wondering if I really need all this stuff from kindergarden...keep us posted!

Steph (from Chicago)

Danica/Dream said...

Hey, we're doing the same thing today! My problem is paper clutter. Oh, and kid stuff. I think next week, when they're on vacation for Christmas, we'll tackle it together.

Lynch Family said...

Hope this helps! For the dog toys and leashes put them in a plastic container and put them in your laundry room. And for the collection...I guess you could hammer a bunch of nails into a piece of wood and hang the key chains on the nails.And for those other parts(phone stuff and TV stuff)clear out a drawer for those. Thanks for all of the inspirational posts!


Angie F. said...

I have almost zero ideas. I'm the same way and so are my two kids. We spend half the day making a mess and the other half cleaning it. I really TRY to have a place for everything--adding baskets and shelving wherever possible have helped a lot with this. So does the trash can!

Camy Tang said...

Stephanie and Steph, thanks for the kind comments about the blog! All of us here appreciate it!

We're still working on the clutter. There's just too many little things . It seems awful to just dump them all in a bin where they'll be forgotten.


Sweetchick said...

I know how you feel. I've got a ton of games in my closet that I've no CLUE what to do with but I don't want to get rid of them 4 fear I might need them someday.

Bethany said...

Wow! Great idea to use an Excel spreadsheet! I really should do that. I have sooo many books that will disappear for a while and then somehow reappear a year later after I've forgotten I have them! LOL! Merry Christmas!

Camy Tang said...

Sweetchick, isn't that the way it always is? "I might need it someday..." I am trying to stop myself from thinking that.

Bethany, the Excel spreadsheet method is SO great! I stick my books in numbered boxes, make a record in my spreadsheet, and know exactly where each book is.