Organization

Oxymoron: An Organized Creative

I’m a creative. I dream and scheme and write things everywhere. I’ll draw on any surface I can find if I have to get something out of my head, and I’ll stop what I’m doing to sing a song that I randomly started writing mentally. I’m good at rallying people around an idea, and I enjoy bringing people together through common ground.

I’m a creative. And I’m fantastically unorganized and inefficient. I lose everything and forget stuff easily, because my mind is a non stop windmill of thoughts. I often fail to follow through on things and get overwhelmed by the pressure of my character and what comes with it.

This is a problem. I’m a business owner now, and, oh yeah…. I’m an adult. I have a family and responsibilities. I’m a leader in my church community, and I wanna be effective. I’m a musician that actually wants to get my dang music into a physical form that people can listen to. I got a lot of -ish goin’ on, and because of my “creative” tendencies, my life is mostly a disaster.

So, I’ve been trying to change that. I want to be organized, no matter how against the grain it feels for me. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing. If you’re like me, you should try these things too.

Getting Things Done

Read this book. This man came up with a very hands on formula that helps you 1) get EVERYTHING out of your head and 2)organize it in a way that will facilitate getting everything that was in your head done.

Mini Composition Notebook

 

This is a tiny composition notebook, and the pages rip out very easily. It was only $1 at Office Max. I keep this in my purse, and as soon as I get a thought or an idea, I write it on a piece of paper. Even if it’s something like you need to get bobby pins from CVS, write down “Bobby Pins” on a piece of paper. Now it’s out of your head, and you can trust that it will get done because that piece of paper isn’t going to forget it.

Organizing Tasks

 

I made a little system next to my desk that organizes my tasks from most importance to least importance. I bought a project notebook from Walmart ($2.97), clips from Office max ($2.00 for a pack of 8) and little number tabs from the Target dollar bins, and put up four push pins on my wall. Each piece of paper has the title of my task, and the steps I need to take to get it done. I then number them according to their importance (whether that be because of time deadlines or because I just really want to do them) and then hang them up. Now I’m not stuck standing in the middle of my house trying to figure out what I should do first. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I have literally stood in the center of my living room, petrified and not knowing what to do because I couldn’t articulate in my head what should get done first. Without organization, everything feels like it’s the most important.

What system do you have in place to keep yourself organized? Does it work? What about it can you change to make it better?

Bathroom Re-do

Guys (I mean ladies)… my bathroom is the worst. The wall paper is ALMOSTĀ unbearable, but fortunately I have a vintage spirit. The tile is coming up, but was really cute at one time (back in the 70’s). The sink and toilet are ancient and gross, but the reality is, we can’t do anything about it. We cannot afford to renovate the bathroom (like the rest of our house needs), so we have just kinda ignored it for the past two years, using it solely for function.

Yesterday, out of no where, a spark inside my soul inspired me to re-do the bathroom as best as I could, to make it a more enjoyable space.

It cost nothing. I simply took some stuff out, did some cleaning, and grabbed stuff from around the house to decorate it with.

Here are some pics pre- creativity.

Ugh… so sad. That metal thing makes me want to barf.

That white thing was at one time very useful, for our bathroom in Greer, SC had no cabinets, and was so small that you could crap and brush your teeth at the same time.

Ok, so here are the after pics. It’s not ideal obviously, but it is so much better! Now I actually don’t mind spending time in there doing my hair or taking a bath.

I have a problem with hair bands. I SUCK at keeping them in the same spot. It’s been a struggle my whole life, and much like bobby pins, I will start out with a pack of 100 and be rid of them after 4 months. Well no more! Since the wall paper is old and going to peel off at any moment now, I decided to just hot glue these babies to the wall. Now my hair bands are organized, and I feel encouraged to put them back where they belong.

I love me a ball jar, ya’ll. That tiny jar once held baby food. I knew they’d come in handy, and now they are the home of my bobby pins. We’ll see how that goes. I’m skeptical. Bobby pins are like pogs. They just disappear and no one ever knows where they went.

I took this painting out of my craft room, cause Lord knows that’s decorated enough. I found that tin jar at a local thrift store months ago, and it is inconspicuously resting on a phone jack.

These pictures came out of a Tinker Bell story book I bought at a thrift store a year ago. I loved the art and knew it would serve a purpose eventually (Plus, I secretly love tinker bell…. don’t judge).

My toiletry holder for when we go out of town.

Isn’t it soooo much better? Like I said, it’s not ideal, and colors clash all over the place. But now it feels like MY bathroom. And I’m a pretty colorful/chaotic person, so it suites me.

Are you happy with your bathroom? What would you change about it?

Our Backyard Project.

Who’s got a backyard that needs some serious help? This gal. In April we will be celebrating Abram’s first birthday. I’m overjoyed that our tax return was so large because this means that we can actually throw him a birthday party, and pay for it ourselves! Now, we aren’t going to go crazy or anything, but we do want to invite all of our friends and family from all over the place. My first thought was to have it at Daniel’s parents house, which is five minutes down the road. They have a giant backyard with a nice deck and a grill. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to have it at our home. We have plenty of space, and with the some work (well, a lot of work) we can get our backyard looking decent. It really does have great potential, it’s just overgrown and wasn’t kept up for about 15 years. Sooo….

We have all of the trees around our house, which provides excellent shade, but boy is it the worst when it comes to the leaf count.

Our patio is spacious. I have big dreams for it, but first….

We have to get rid of the spider haven. The entire roof of that overhang is covered in spiderwebs, where they all lurk and hide during the day. And the stuff on the patio isn’t necessarily junk. We got rid of the junk part last year. But it’s just stuff we need to move and find a place for. Now granted, there is still some stuff we need to throw away. Like that ridiculous pot. And the three paper/mail boxes.

 

Daniel’s fixing to build some shelves for me and a rack for his recording gear out of all that wood.

Yes, that is a bin of old mason jars. And yes, I am crazy for not having taken them out already and using them. But soon my friends, soon.

We are guessing that this is where Daniel’s great aunt Lois had her garden. Now it is just an overgrown poop box for our dog Titan. I bought some organic seeds at Lowe’s on Saturday, so my hope is to turn it back into the garden it once was.

Really?

There are currently two giant holes in the backyard. Daniel and Roger were on a quest to find the septic tank because our toilets have been backing up. So that’s a fun decoration.

Our shed, that I never looked into until Saturday, is an interesting part of our backyard. The eagle on the top is my favorite. Hopefully we can shove all the stuff on the patio that we want to keep in here so that we can start to clean it up. I don’t want to have a birthday party where spiders are raining on our guests heads. It just can’t happen.

 

What house projects have you been working on lately? What are some you want to start?