August was Can I be Organized month. The verdict? Truth is when I started to decipher what it meant to be organized I ran into a dilemma. What does it mean to be organized? How does one measure whether they have achieved the pinnacle of organizational order?
First I thought “What would Gary Busey do?” (WWGBD) He would make up a great phrase.
O – Odds and Ends
R – Redistributed
G – Gain
A – A
N – New
I – Improved
Z – Zestful
E – Embellished
D – Disguise
I’ll admit Odds and Ends is more than one word but the only other word which would fit the purpose was offal. How awful is the word offal? Since Odds and Ends is a phrase, I’m counting it as one word.
Seriously, isn’t order really just disguising our mess to look like something else? Perhaps this is the usual method for my family and other families have a better plan. My mom used to call herself a pilot. She’d pile-it here and pile-it there. (Say it out loud and it will be funnier.)
I decided to turn my search towards this cool new invention called the dictionary.
or·gan·ize [awr-guh-nahyz] Show IPA verb, or·gan·ized, or·gan·iz·ing.
2. to systematize: to organize the files of an office.
3. to give organic structure or character to: to organize the elements of a composition.
4. to enlist or attempt to enlist into a labor union: to organize workers.
5. to enlist the employees of (a company) into a labor union;unionize: to organize a factory.
If I understand this correctly, I am to enlist other people to do my work for me which requires money. A request my husband would certainly turn down at our weekly budget meeting. I don’t think I could convince him that Dave Ramsey did indeed want me to pay someone else to clean our toilets even though we still have credit card debt.
Great. I’m right back where I started wondering what it means to be organized. I made lists. I crossed a few items off my list. I can look at these beautiful ads of bathroom sinks organized to perfection and sigh. My hot mess under the sink is probably going to stay a hot mess. No one ever sees it. If a messy cupboard is never seen by others, is it really a messy cupboard? Does it mean I’m not organized? I don’t think so. When I have a task which needs done, I am able to make a list and complete the task. I think this is what it means to be organized. I’ve added pictures of the one project I completed last month – my closet. I was shocked at the amount of clothing I was able to purge. I did the same thing with my daughter’s closet. I’m off to the tackle the bane of my existence -> the spice shelf. By spice shelf, I mean the two shelves of hapharzadly placed bottles and boxes. Some are so old they have lived in three states.
Are you organized? Do you have your own definition of organized? Are you a supermodel of organization or do you attend Junk(literal and fictional) collectors anonymous? The answer to the question “Can I be Organized” is: If it means an organized house including spice shelf and under bathroom sink cupboard than no. If it means having a list and checking items off of said list than yes.
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