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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Organizing Journey Day 20 -- You Can Sit On Your Butt and Still Be Organizing

Day  20 –You Can Sit On Your Butt and Still Be Organizing

You know what else counts as organizing?  Going through your email, putting appropriate ones into folders, deleting ones you don’t need, unsubscribing from newsletters you don’t read, etc.

That counts for other things on your computer/mobile device too.  Photos.  Organize them into folders so you can find what you need when you need.  Stick everything else into an “archive” folder.  I create an “archive” folder in just about every main category on my computer.  Any file I’m probably never going to open again goes in there.  No, I don’t just delete it.  I’m not THAT ready to let everything go.  But “archive” keeps them out of my hair and makes looking for important things much easier.

New habit: Every night before bed I open the “gallery” of photos on my phone and delete anything I know I don’t want.  It takes seconds because if I do it every day, I’m only looking at photos I took that day.  Easy peasy.  And doing that every night keeps me from having to spend hours one day deleting photos I don’t want because I ran out of room or just because I don’t want to see them. 

Some could argue that there’s no difference in seconds each day versus hours every couple of months/years.  Probably not.  But I feel better with a continually clutter-free environment.

Now, you know what I’ve been up to lately?  Not organizing, that’s for sure.  Ugh!  I need to make peace with the fact that I have a full-time job (and then some) and organizing will only take place in my free time (you should hear me laughing as I type THOSE words).

But I need to stop beating myself up over the fact that of late I’m getting NO organizing done.  Well, if cleanliness is close to organizing, I did mow and weedeat the entire orchard when I got back from my Tahoe show.  Then after that I scrubbed the ceiling of the bathroom upstairs, cleaned the tub, and did some caulking repairs.  I think that counts toward organizing… the orchard and the upstairs bathroom now make me happy and don’t get me stressed out.

Yeah, Tahoe.  The show was great.  I mean, it was probably my best show to date.  But it was also great because the company was fabulous, the customers were fabulous, my vendor neighbors were fabulous, and the organizers of the event were fabulous.  I think I have 4 or 5 more shows before the year is out.

I’m making this one short.  Just letting you know that even when you delete email, organizing photos, or even move a few files around… you are organizing, so keep it up.  You and me both. 

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and feedback.  It’s great hearing from you all and finding out that I’m not alone in this journey.  :-)  Share your tips, tricks, ideas and experiences too, in the comments section.

To see the beginning of this journey, click here.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.  (Samuel Johnson)


  1. Glad you had a great show! Reading about your journey gets me thinking about mine...and tasks I could be doing. Just getting one important thing done daily gives a 'feel good' moment...one step at a time:)