In all fairness, I have to say that organization is not exactly one of my strong points. I understand it and crave it, but don’t always achieve it. I think it’s because I have a few little packrat tendencies. NOT hoarding, mind you, just sometimes I find it hard to part with things that are useful even if they don’t get used all the time. That being said, I do like to be organized. It makes life easier and more pleasant, but it just looks better, don’t you think? That’s why decluttering is one of the items on my 47 for 47 Challenge list.
As Marla Cilley, the Flylady says, “you can’t organize clutter.” She also talks about “CHAOS- Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome.” It’s good stuff if you’re looking to clean up and organize. A few days ago I decided that I needed a spot to keep track of my progress on the 47 for 47, so I geeked out a little and developed this Excel spreadsheet. Of course it doesn’t have 47 items on it, but it does give me a place to track the items that I’m trying to incorporated into my life more regularly, and a place to add additional information, so at the end of the year I can look back over it and remember where I’ve come from and how much progress I’ve made. So far, I like it. So far, I have a serious lack of fruits and veggies. Hmmmm.
In additional geeky news, I purchased a thread rack the other day and organized my spools. Yes, I know this is seriously nerdy, but I love it. I love seeing all the beautiful colors arranged in front of me, beckoning me to sew. It’s the little things that make this girl happy, and this colorful, organized thread rack does just that.
July 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Woot! I’m so glad to see your challenges taking shape!
July 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm
Thanks! Things are about to get crazy work-wise, so we’ll see where things go from here, but so far, so good. Thanks for the idea.
July 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm
It could be worse . . .you could be knitting 40 hats! 🙂
August 6, 2013 at 8:29 am
Oooooh! Love the thread rack – I’ve got one in the drawer of my sewing table, if I had one on display the cats would be in heaven and the apartment would just be a tangle of different coloured threads… Can I ask a fellow nerdy-geeky question?? How did you decide to organise the spools? Can’t decide with mine, keep changing my mind! Started with colour, then as my thread collection grew tried brand, thread type, thread weight, spool size…
And kudos to you for the organisational spreadsheet 🙂 would love to have that much dedication!
August 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Thanks for the kind words, Lynne. I sorted by type with my favorites, the mettler on the top. Then I put my specialty threads like sulky together. After that I put my quilting thread in a cluster, then my plain old coats & clark, by size. I’ve seen them done by color too, but I don’t think I have enough for that to look right.