All posts tagged: Organization

Space

When it comes to organization, space is essential. I mean space in the same way that the artist refers to white space. I’ve never thought of it this way before, but organizing a home could be⁠—at the risk of sounding extreme⁠—like curating a museum. There are probably people who would abhor this idea and have flashbacks to their childhood parlor or receiving room where nothing was to be touched. These spaces were sterile and unused. Instead, I’d like a home where I use every room, and I want each room to be filled with furniture and decor that is both functional and comfortable. So, maybe something a less cluttered IKEA than a museum—much less cluttered. Speaking of IKEA, space is at a premium in that store, while museums are intentionally open. I can have openness in a home where space is at a premium as long as I live with less. The key to my organization system is owning what will fit within my four walls (multiplied by the number of rooms in my house). …

Expiration

In my household, there’s a big basket full of remedies for common ailments (Aspirin, antacids, etc.) and another one that my wife uses for baking supplies. In the pantry, there are more storage boxes. There are even a few bins in the fridge. The exception may be our spices, which we keep on a lazy Susan. Almost everything in these baskets and boxes (and the lazy Susan for that matter) has an expiration date. And the only way I’ve found to make sure that the containers remain uncluttered is to check the dates on an, at least, semi-routine basis. I do that by creating an event on my calendar that prompts me to check the dates every two or three months. Otherwise, my household winds up with a lot of spoiled food and medicines that have lost their efficacy. When I get that calendar reminder, I find that it’s also a good time to do a deep clean of the fridge, which shouldn’t require excessive effort because I also try to discard food that’s past …

Phone

My phone had fewer pictures on it before my daughter was born. If I took a photo, I typically uploaded it to the cloud later that day. But for the first few months of my child’s life, I was taking pictures every day. So, I needed to have an organization method for my images. I decided I’d upload to the cloud every few months and remove all but the photos I’d selected as favorites. That way, I’d have pictures to show someone who feigns interest and is willing to humor a new dad… or genuinely loves babies. My phone has plenty of space, but I tend to treat it like my computer. I don’t want it to be cluttered. So, I view my apps through this lens. Periodically, I’ll go through them and delete the ones I’m not using anymore. I also avoid keeping apps on my phone’s background. Instead, I put them all in a folder beside my calendar, the call button, and my text app at the bottom of the screen. The most …

Computer

I keep my computer desktop clean. By doing so, I’m treating it like I would my actual desk. My office desk has a lamp, a coaster, and my computer sitting on it. Of course, there are times when there are other things on my desk, like a pair of headphones, keys, or a wallet. But my baseline helps me avoid clutter. When it comes to computer organization, I’ve read that keeping files off the desktop can help with RAM. However, with the amount of RAM available with even the base level laptops these days that may no longer be the case. So, I keep my desktop clean because everything on my computer has a place. If it doesn’t, I delete it. I don’t look at a hard drive with a terabyte of space and think it gives me a license to store everything possible. I select the pictures I want to keep and discard the rest. I do the same with documents. The only thing I’m a little more liberal with is video footage. It …

Time

I tend to believe there’s not enough time in a day. I’m not always right about things, but, in this case, I’m sure I am. There’s not enough time to pursue all of my interests. I have a full-time job, and I write. It doesn’t leave much time for anything else. I’ve made writing a priority because becoming a full-time writer is my main goal. I’ve made that my goal because writing gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Therefore, I make time for it even though I have a full-time job. Figuring out what to give your time to is not always a straightforward process. But because time is a finite resource, being decisive is important. Once you know what you want–whether it’s a hobby or a new career–a few things are required: discipline, organization, and routine. (Some may claim they need a muse, but I tend to avoid giving inspiration over to the mystical.) Consider learning to play piano for a moment. Unless you’re a virtuoso, you’ll need to spend time learning how …