The Big “O”

It daunts and taunts like nothing else.

No, not that “O.” I’m talking about organizing.

Overwhelmingly, at first, the tasks beckon me from every perspective in my swivel chair and swiveling head.

All my lists have one thing in common: at the very top is the word “Organize.” Then, fill in the blank. The one hanging by a clip near my computer is the one I’ve evidently given a cold shoulder to for at least six months. (I think it was in my blind spot). Actually, it is a packet of seven lists in a plastic holder. I page through all the various life themes that needed itemizing and see that these goal dates go back to last year. I must have compiled this as part of my new year’s resolutions, and it is now June. I haven’t so much as glanced at them; I’ve been dealing with their offspring, the many other lists floating around, now as annoying as gnats.

On the other hand, I do love the zen of organization. That will be the aim of today. One hour at a time, first de-cluttering my art room, then organizing the many piles of papers, objects, and art, each one fraught with the possibility of my going down a rabbit hole, never to resurface.

But how do I begin? Just do it?

Here’s what has worked (albeit temporarily) in the past:

1/ A tip from Sue Ann Nivens of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “Think of your living room as a big clock. Start at midnight, and then go around the room working clockwise toward the kitchen. You’ll be done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

2/ A tip from Cheap Bohemian: use the Chicken Timer!

3/ A tip from James Brown: “Get up offa that thing!”

And so, here goes!



Sharing my art and writing in a loosely gathered way that allows for meandering and taking the scenic route, I try to be mindful, meaningful, but still, at times, playful.
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2 Responses to The Big “O”

  1. Thomas Ross says:

    I think the advice from James Brown is the most salient. Keep the cool posts coming.

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