Organizing – a Fresh Start or the Kiss of Death?

It’s spring, time for a fresh startTC Iris Festival

Spring gives me clutterphobia.  In the spring, after a winter of projects, clutter creeps up on me like the consequences of a young female kitty with outdoor privileges. Oops, where did this come from? Unfortunately, having clutterphobia means I must make life and death decisions about MY valuable STUFF.

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I remember my grandmother hanging dresses on top of dresses on her bedroom and closet doors and every other door that would open because her closet, chests of drawers, three car garage – that housed Grandpa’s business and Grandma’s clutter – and full basement weren’t large enough to hold her favorite things.

I don’t want to be like Grandma, but I admit that I don’t notice clutter when I’m slaving madly in some pet project. If I have enough drawers, boxes, shelves, table tops or containers I can shove it into or stack it neatly when company comes, I’m happy. But sometimes I have to stop, and make a fresh start. Like when Vincie says, “We’re starting a new project. You’ve got to move everything out of here!”

We're also remodeling our bathroom. Yikes!
We’re also remodeling our bathroom. Yikes!

 

During intense periods of work, my house fills from the inside out. I go to a conference and bring home freebies and purchased books that I couldn’t resist, and I’m too busy to deal with it. If Vince or I can’t find gloves, make-up, pair of glasses, jewelry, bowls, hammers, flashlights, we buy cheap replacements. The longer I let it go, the less space I have to walk around in my house, and suddenly the clutter hits me like an infestation of cockroaches. I need a fresh start. But how?

My enormous collection of handmade or inexpensive jewelry.

My enormous collection of handmade or inexpensive jewelry.

Organize it and put it somewhere safe

Eventually I complete or tire of my messy project or collection, but I still can’t bear to part with the stuff.

Organize it and put it somewhere safe.  :)
 I’m sure I’ll be wearing that stuff sometime soon! 🙂

I start a new job April 1. I’ll tell you about it after it’s publicly announced, but I’m cleaning and organizing my house to get ready for a fresh new project!

My 5th trip to Goodwill in the last three weeks. (Since I haven't been blogging!  :)
I’m ready for my 5th trip to Goodwill in the last three weeks, since I haven’t been blogging! 🙂

This past week I’ve also been organizing my computer into external drives and getting things off about ten different cloud drives that slowed my poor little Apple down to a crawl to give it a fresh start. (It still has an arthritic drive, and takes longer to get going than my grandpa used to take getting out of his recliner.)

I’ve spent two days freshening up my CCSS and SJVCSS files, and moving them to a Google Drive so a new volunteer will be able to find things they might need. Without files, there is no institutional memory. An organization for social studies – history, geography, economics and government teachers – better have some institutional memory. We don’t even have a historian in either group.  Yikes. But I have ORGANIZED files.

The SJVCSS website needed a fresh start, too.  I destroyed the home page accidentally. That’s one of the hazards of cleaning I forgot to mention – destruction. My mother was a clutterbug. When I was 10, she had to spend a week in the hospital. My dad decided that he would organize and clean everything. He even took the dresser pulls off the dresser and soaked them in solution that ate off the finish instead of the fingerprints.  Now I’ve turned into my dad.

We’re hiring an expert to start afresh with a new website that it won’t wilt when a little Miss Sunshine decides to organize and freshen it up a bit.  In my defense, it needed organizing. the Latest News and Twitter Posts showing on the homepage were dated May, 2012, and newer posts existed.

My lost manuscript

One positive note to cleaning the clutter before I must leave you. Over twenty years ago I wrote a book during summer break. I stored it on big floppy disks, (LOL if you remember those!)  but I also had a printed copy of it that I couldn’t find anywhere. I found it last night. It’s like finding an old friend. I have it sitting next to my computer where I can look down and smile at it and put my coffee cup on it for a few days until I have to find a new place for it. It’s about 250 pages clipped neatly onto an old brown clipboard. I doubt that I will retype it any time soon. BUT IT’S NOT CLUTTER … is it?

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Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

27 thoughts on “Organizing – a Fresh Start or the Kiss of Death?”

    1. Why thank ye, Yvonne. When I left for my meeting yesterday, it looked pretty good. I’m back now. There’s mail and post-it notes on the table, two pair of sunglasses, and a plastic case left over from my suitcase and a telephone on my cleared table top. 😦

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  1. I’m sure that book will see the light of day, one fine day, Marsha. How’s your novel coming along? My one effort at dealing with clutter, was to buy a letter tray for the kitchen counter, to keep all the coupons and special offers in, until I can decide whether I want do anything with them. I’m going to have to clear out two closets in the next couple of weeks, as the family are coming to stay for a few days. Maybe I can bung everything in suitcases and send them over to the new house. 🙂

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    1. That’s what I’m missing – another house to store my excess stuff! The three car garage is overflowing. with V’s stuff. The novel is resting again. I got boring, so I had to quit, then I got a new job, and when I’ve got way too many things to do, I’ll bring it out again. I remembered a character that I need to add as a supplemental character when I drove home from a meeting this morning. Really weird lady I met. She’d make a good waitress in a dark, dingy beer hall. Now I’ve just got to figure out who’s brave enough to go in there. 🙂

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    1. I put that there on purpose, MFR, my sweet friend. I cannot throw it out. It went to a safer place in the closet nearer to the scarf. 🙂 I had to move it all out so V could move the cabinets and paint them. I didn’t want my MFR stuff ruined! 🙂

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    1. My great-grandmother made that for my grandma. When she made a blue one for my mom, Grandma decided that she should have had a blue one, too. She only got one, but lucky me, I have both of them. I like Grandma’s best. 🙂

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  2. Every now and then I feel the need to organize a closet, clean out a cupboard, etc. The tidiness lasts a short while and the piles miraculously reappear. Good for you with your organizing, and good luck with the new job– look forward to hearing what it is!

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  3. No, the book you wrote is definitely NOT clutter! I can so relate to this post. I hate to throw things away and my poor house is suffering (as am I). Maybe if I took some ‘before’ photos I would be inspired to work towards the’after’. Wish me luck 🙂

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    1. Thanks Natalie. I tend to wander. While cleaning one room, I have to take things to another – where they belong – you know I find some little thing there that has to be done before I go back to the original room. It drives me nuts about myself, but if I don’t get overwhelmed by it, my whole house (or whatever project I’ve got going) looks better. Don’t you love my punctuation. I can’t quite decide what to use. 🙂

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