Day 191 – Organizing Tips from the Disorganized/ Diet Tips from the Horizontally Challenged

19 Aug

So…ah…you know…take ’em or leave ’em.

It would appear that a little organization is in order.

I cleaned this off and decluttered a bunch of stuff from it about a month ago.

This was so rare and unusual I posted it on facebook.

Nice huh?

But alas…a week later.

Remember this?


I decided that maybe just decluttering wasn’t going to solve the problem this time, maybe I needed a little organization too. That’s when I thought, “What would Orgjunkie do?”  Luckily since I’ve been a devoted follower of her and her participants since February, some good ideas I’ve come across there popped right into my head.

First I decided to assess what all that junk was.

Turns out it mostly fits into 4 catagories:

1. Supplies that just need to be put away

2. kids toys and art projects

3. broken stuff awaiting a fix or battery change

4. paperwork

I started with the toys, I picked them up and tossed them into the toy box (literally, I shot baskets from the kitchen to the toy box in the living room). It was fun.

Next I hung up some of the art from art camp and tossed a bit too (waaaaay in the bottom of the can, under the rotten banana peels).

After that I fixed stuff. I was a little worried this would get me off task and I would forget to finish cleaning the desk, but I just kept reminding myself to get right back to it after.

Finally, I put away the papers I could, clipped together some for my husband and decided to buy one of those accordian  file thingys for the beginning of the school year. I have to figure out where to keep it now-baby steps.

It all took about an hour. It would have taken about 10 minutes without the fixing stuff.

Here is the end result.

I even remembered a flylady tip and took a 10-minute break to enjoy a book after. It was a book I found on the desk.

Lets hope with the bit of thought I put into it and a commitment to clearing it off once a week it will stay this way.

Here is what I found to declutter.

I'm sad to see these go, but they cannot be fixed. Boo!

Whatever this is

Diet Tip: (from someone not skinny)

Again, take it or leave it.

Oh, and while I was cleaning off my desk I came across my mints. I keep a pack in the kitchen and when I’m cooking or preparing foods, I pop one in my mouth so I don’t   nibble stuff my face the whole time. Mints kill the taste of almost everything and you can’t get rid of it quickly either. The problem is…you’ve seen my desk, right?…I don’t always remember they’re there.  So, I came up with this super genius plan- I put them here:

Nothin' kills the taste of Stilton like a breath mint!

right in the cheese drawer,

right where I need to remember them the VERY most.

I’m going to buy another pack to keep near the peanut butter and one for the chocolate too. Wish me luck!

AND since today is an ode to organization and payback to all my fav. blogs that inspire me over at orgjunkie, I am adding one of my favorite organizing tips too.  We’ve been doing this for years actually. I can’t say I came up with it myself, I got the tip from a Family Fun Magazine in the dentist’s office one time.  Incidentily, I got my Roosevelt quote up there from an orthodontist office magazine. It pays to show up 15 min. early to appointments if only for the tips, I suppose.

Anyhoo, back to the story,

we save kids’ birthday cards. If you don’t this tip isn’t for you.

My kids like the ones that play music and make jokes (their preference- fart jokes) better than half the presents they get. They carry them around and listen to them all day. A joke never gets old to a kid. No matter how many times I tell them “That joke expired” it doesn’t to them. Oh well.

This is what we do.

Hole-punch them all and put them on a book ring, then put them on their book shelf. That’s it. My kids pick their birthday cards as bedtime story lots of times. It’s sweet, we remember all their well wishes all year long and we can crack open those singing cards until the batteries wear out…or I sneak in and yank them out …whichever.

Anyway, they’re not stacking up in a pile on my desk or free floating all around the house. It keeps them all quite tidy and organized. Now on to everything else.


As always, I’m linking this post to orgjunkie.





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12 Responses to “Day 191 – Organizing Tips from the Disorganized/ Diet Tips from the Horizontally Challenged”

  1. Danielle@sixtasteschef August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Megan, I love this post, especially the diet tip!

    I also love your idea about the cards (or the magazine’s idea), cards are often so beautiful. I love displaying holiday cards, and I sometimes use an idea from a Martha Stewart magazine about attaching them to a six-foot strip of wide ribbon and hanging it on an interior door for the holiday season. She had a great way to attach the cards to the ribbon, probably cross-stitching them with silk thread… I have to admit I stapled mine on 🙂

    • Megan August 19, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      I should take that tip from you. I tape them to the back of the door. I’ve lost some paint in the past!

  2. beckyp August 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I will have to remember the mint tip. I am constantly stuffing my face when cooking by the time it is done I am already full Have a good weekend

  3. Ban Clohting August 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I needed some inspiration to purge my house when I found your blog. I have to say; your blog makes me laugh out loud. You throw away your kids art, you get rid of their worn out birthday cards, and you pay them to get rid of toys. You are a REAL mom and you throw stuff out! Thanks to your blog I throw away or donate at least one item per day. My husband doesn’t know what happened to me!

    • Megan August 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Thank you. Never underestimate the power of paying your kids to get rid of stuff!

      I really have been enjoying your blog. I must say, I was afraid I might be headed over to a nudist site when I first saw the name! I love that Anthropologie bedding soooo much.
      I’ll never get it, but I do just go over to admire in now and then. 🙂

      • Ban Clohting August 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

        Hahah nudist site!!!! I totally should have thought of that but sadly I did not. I don’t have kids but I have enough clutter none the less.

  4. Sarah August 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I love the card idea for anyone who keeps cards. So sweet!

  5. Allysgrandma August 21, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    This is a great tip. Ally’s 3rd birthday party was yesterday (8/18/08 bd). I am going to gather up the cards and suggest to my daughter (who is still in bed and the house is a DISASTER!)

    • Megan August 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      Happy Birthday to Ally!

  6. Queen Of Her Castle August 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    I love the idea about putting the ring in the kids’ birthday cards!

    And if I ever kept a pack of mints near my chocolate, I’m afraid I’d just go, “Yum, chocolate-mint!”

    Love your blog. 🙂

    • Megan September 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Good point, I guess the idea doesn’t work with chocolate

  7. Cardell Media April 10, 2012 at 6:50 am #

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