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Monday, October 19, 2009

Let's Get Organized, Together...One Idea At A Time

There is much to be said for living in one area for many years. Its something I never experienced, until I married. Then, it was as if my life came to a sudden, screeching halt. Well, as far as moving around, anyway.
Naturally, with all that moving, there wasn't a lot of opportunity for figuring out the finer workings of a smooth-running home. Just about the time I felt we were beginning to put down roots, whooooop! Another move.
We were a military family and I have lived in more towns than I could count. Now, however, it would seem that we are in one place to stay and I love it. Time for a new strategy.
Thus, I have decided to dedicate this blog to the care and feeding of Dust Bunnies and Sock Orphans. Do you have hints and tricks that you are willing to share?
For the most part, our home is comfortable. There are many of the finer details, however, that I would love to know more about.
Perhaps you have a particular way of staying on top of the laundry? Or, your sock drawer is free of orphans and you'd like to share how you've managed that?
Maybe... and here's the big one in my life; you have learned some secrets to making notes, then being able to recove those notes later?
I know of no one who has absolute control in their lives. In fact, I would go so far as to say, I doubt that there is such a person living. So if you know of some way to help the rest of us do something a little better, I'd love to hear it. Just think of it as your way of helping to clean up the earth.
Thanks for your input.


Kristi Faith said...

Orphaned socks-I don't do this, but I knew a woman who had 4 girls all close together. She had them safety pin their socks when they took them off. Then she washed and dried them that way.

Notes: I learned without a dry erase board/cork board combo, I lose those little notations constantly. I write my notes on the dry erase board, or cork it as soon as I write it on paper. One day a week I try to combine all those notes into a folder on my computer that just says "Tidbits of info" :)

As for dustbunnies, well, they are necessary in my house. LOL I wouldn't know what to do without them and I haven't figured out how to control them. :)

Kristi Faith said...

PS- I've passed an award along to you. It's over on my blog. Just right click on the picture of the pretty award, copy and then paste onto your blog. :-) Glad to see you blogging :)

Natalie said...

Oh that I could be in control of my life! At my house there are orphaned socks in abundance, dust bunnies everywhere, and little pieces of paper with important notes on them place where I can never find them again. Sometimes I try to get organized, but it never lasts long. My house isn't a disaster or anything, but it's never all clean at the same time. :)

Angelia Almos said...

Can't give much help on the house thing. I've already discovered that I can have a clean house all the time or write, but not both at the same time. :-) On keeping track of notes. I used to write notes in lined notebooks, on the top of the page writing the title of whatever the note was for. I know have a shelf of the notebooks. If I was actively working on an idea I would transfer the notes from the notebook into my computer otherwise the notes stayed in the notebook. I have several times contemplated ripping the notebooks apart and separating the pages to go into either file folders or 3 ring binders, but haven't done it yet. I figure once I run out of WIPs to edit and submit and have to actually start a new project will be when I hit those notebooks again. I do keep a notebook by my bed and record late night inspirations, but I've found I don't write notes down anymore. I write during writing time and do other stuff during other times. I actually kinda miss always having ideas swirling in my head, but right now I think the well has run dry.

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Thanks so much for the suggestions. That sounds like a good idea with the socks. I am pretty fortunate (don't ask me how) that I don't often lose socks. My poor hubby-buddy seems to lose them on a regular basis, though. I'll let hime know about pinning them together.
I also like your idea for keeping notes. Now, if I can just find some way of hanging my cork board. hmmmmmmm ~ Yaya

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Whoops! I forgot to thank you for the award. I do appreciate it. I tried pasting it onto my blog, but I must be doing something wrong. Where am I supposed to paste it? Thanks, again Kristi.
~ Yaya

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Hi Natalie,
Thanks for commenting. That's kinda' where I am in my house, too. Not a disaster, but could definitely be improved.
Mostly, I have problems with too much paperwork, but maybe we can all figure it out together, you s'pose?
I tried to follow on your site, but I'm having trouble making it list me as 'Yaya' and I'd kinda' like to figure that out so I can start following again. Know anything about that?
Glad you stopped by. Hope to see you again.
~ Yaya

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Hi, Angelia,
Its great to see you. I'm very lucky that my good hubby-buddy takes care of everything for me so I can write. Otherwise, I might not have a clean house. I think I just may keep him. :-)
As for the notebooks, may I suggest that you absolutely do not rip your notebooks apart, nor even throw away one single note.
My poor hubby just had a situation where he had worked many months on a book. In one bump of the keyboard, he lost it all. Most of his notes had been tossed, so he has started over. Fortunately, he had his original work. Otherwise, he said he would have chucked the whole thing. So, whatever you do, don't toss your notes.
Thanks for your help, Angelia. Hope you're enjoying the blog. ~ Yaya

Yaya' s Changing World said...

I got a phone call and almost forgot to ask if you had read this post about writing in the middle of the night.
I think you might find it humorous. ~Yaya

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Well, now, Kristi ~ ~ ~ I don't exactly know how you got that message to me because the email address you sent it to doesn't match anything I can connect with my blogging activities. However, I wanted to let you know that you give great instructions and you are awesome for giving me my very first blogger award.
::Yaya pats her fluttering heart to calm down and then, she dabs at the tear in her eye::
Now, I am going to go back and read your instructions for the other questions I asked you. Thank you 'One Hundred Apple Trees,' as my kids always said. ~ Yaya

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