Monday, August 24, 2009

Time to Get Organized

How organized are you? You may ask, "Which aspect of my life?" How about all aspects: work, eating, planning meals, grocery shopping, laundry, living space, garage, car, paying bills, kitchen pantry, closets, bookshelves... The list is long, I know. And it can be a bit overwhelming. We had a few "organization projects" planned for this summer, and we got a lot done (but there is still a lot more to do...).

I have found that when it comes to organizing, it works best for me if I focus on one area at a time, otherwise I get overwhelmed. This summer, we cleaned, rearranged, and organized the garage. We also organized our books. Still on the "to do" list are the kitchen and some "random" closets with "stuff." Oh, and I almost forgot, this blog. :o)

I started this blog to be mindful of living a healthy life. Food, cooking, and recipes soon became a focal point. But, unfortunately, I have realized that my blog is a bit messy. Some recent reader emails have reminded me that it's not easy to find recipes. Some of the recipes are buried in random posts, some are on one of my other blogs and I link to them, some are just not detailed enough. So over the next few weeks, I'll try to clean up and organize this blog a bit more. I plan on adding a recipe tab and list my recipes by category. I may also rewrite some recipes to make them clearer/more detailed. I am giving myself plenty of time to do this, so be patient with me... :o) Also, if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Questions: What is one area of your life that could use some organization? What is one thing that you can do today to get a bit more organized?

Be well,
Andrea

19 comments:

  1. One area only? LOL!!! Seriously, I used to be super organized with everything, but i've somehow fallen along the wayside... I really should get my act together again. My life is much easier & smoother when my ducks are all in a row! ;)

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  2. this post was meant for me - i need organization bad. yay for bloggy organization - i wish that were only the extent of my organizational dilemmas :)

    good luck, and let's see - i am going to make a huge to-do list of things to get done!

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  3. My kitchen cabinets could use some help? Any volunteers?

    My problem in there is that with a large family, comes a lot of dishes, glasses and pots. Not to mention the fact that some days we will go through 18 spoons (at least)!

    Thanks for this great reminder for me to get in there, and get more organized!

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  4. OH, aren't there always cobwebs somewhere that need tending?

    we are always doing that.

    my closet is one area that isn't un-neat..it just needs a better game plan.

    but it's my "closet" and out of sight...out of mind!

    I agree.... one thing at a time!

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  5. If you ask any of my friends they would probably tell you I am the most organized person they have met. While it's a great quality to have, it can be overwhelming at times because if I see disorder I get angry! I know Nick isn't very organized all the time and I've had to learn to deal with it (or else I would be at his throat constantly!). For my recipes I use a folder that has different sections, which I have sectioned into desserts, meat, vegetarian, sides, salads, drinks :)

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  6. I've been trying to go back in my blog and add tags to my posts for recipes. It was my intention to always add any new recipes to my two recipe blogs but it didn't always get done. It's always nice when a blogger has links to recipes...I always check them out.

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  7. I definitely need to organize my time better! I have so much going on and I need to start to start putting time towards everything I need to get done.

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  8. I tend to be organized most of the time. I like being prepared at all time, but I have had my moments of craziness. I guess I have a lot going on in my mind. I'm actually amazed that I'm able to get through the day.

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  9. My closet is in desperate need of some organization...

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  10. I am one of these people that is organized to a fault. Seriously, I am a list person and I know who goes where, what day, everyday of the week. Not being organized drives me mental real quick! I tend to find myself a bit lost in the summetime when schedules relax.

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  11. clothes! I don't have a messy closet or dresser, but my clothes are in random places. I can't ever decide which items need to be hung up and which should be folded. I have my winter clothes shoved in suitcases and plastic bins until it actually gets cold. (I won't have time to go back to New Orleans before it gets cold in Athens!)I have jeans and sweatshirts that could come in handy, but I'm too lazy to dig them out of the suitcase!

    Other than that, though, I'm pretty organized.

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  12. UGH...is what I thought when I read your first sentence. Nothing personal, but I really struggle with organizing my 450 square feet of space. Everything always needs organizing even if its already organized. I just need to water my apt. more often and hope that it grows.

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  13. I swear that this is the time of year for organization - maybe it's going back to school (even though mine don't go to school!) or maybe it's the end of the summer and we feel the need to get our act together. Whatever it is, it seems like it's going around because I've been having these same thoughts - are you reading my mind Andrea?? You are, aren't you!

    I need to clean up my desk! Papers, papers everywhere!

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  14. I need some major organization in my work/professional life! I try so hard to stay up on everything, but it gets crazy. I need a system!

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  15. Over the weekend I started organizing my pantry. It's been so cathartic! Depending on how it turns out I might post a picture later this week.

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  16. Luckily I have a daughter who is a neat freak, so if I call and say "all I have to do is mop the kitchen floor and clean the bathroom" and when I walk in the door, its done!

    I am so organized at work that my husband says I leave all my organization there! :D

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  17. Did you ever hit a nerve with this one. I actually love organizing but as of late have decided i'd rather play...or be active. However it's to a point where my unorganized life is making it harder to be active because i can't find those biking shorts, or still haven't fixed that bike tire, or ...the list goes on.

    You've inspired me. I need to organize my home, and get rid of anything i won't use in the next year...or haven't used in the last 2. Ahh, not that will help. Thanks.

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  18. My first place to get orginze is going to be my closet.

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  19. I just love coming to your blog because of reminders like these! I do need SO much more organizing in my life. YIKES!! Step by step, I'll get there ;) I think the most important thing for me is to literally make a list of housework and on what days of the week I need to get them accomplished. I seem to end up doing it all in one day of the week versus spreading it out. Makes me a nervous wreck, lol!!

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