Hanging my busy mom/blogger/photographer brain on the wall.

I am determined to feel less overwhelmed. I am on a mission to stop forgetting things. I can imagine I will gain hours back in each day when I am no longer wasting time LOOKING for things. Making sure I keep track of all the many spinning plates in life does not come naturally to me. The constant feeling that I am missing something important causes me great anxiety. I want to fix it, but I was never sure where to start. Having given a lot of thought to the origins of behaviors lately, I have started to see where I can help myself. These are long standing bad habits I need to break. In fact, my mother always said to me, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” No seriously, she has said that to me since I can remember. Clearly, this is a lifelong issue for me. 
Well, mom, I am finally listening. And I am set on helping Gemma shake the bad habits she clearly inherited from me.

organization-wall

Today I started by setting up our kitchen “brain”. It is a multifaceted wall setup that will store and organize all the little bits of papers and reminders that end up getting lost at the bottom of my messy bag. There is also a spot for printed checklists to keep the day to day running on schedule. We even have a white board for quick reminders or love notes. I picked the wall since it is one we pass a hundred times a day and it is also home to that video doorbell unit. Might as well do something useful with that space. 
Today I picked up simple clipboards at Officeworks. A packet of strong, but small white wall hooks (so I did not need to find the hammer and nails) and then letter stickers (from the sign section) to simply and easily identify the boards.

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Knowing myself and my kids, we are going to need to stencil some arrows on the floor to remind us to stop and look at my great new system!!! 

This is just the beginning. I am on the organization/simplification warpath in the house. The bathroom cabinets are my next target. Baby steps, but I will get there in the end. I might even find my watch and Gemma’s cub scout handbook in the process. They just *have* to be around here somewhere.

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  • melbo - I am totally in favour of clipboards and clips. Have a magnet one on the fridge which is a gem-o-rama for this kind of stuff.

    I have a diary too and when I remember to use it, it’s great.August 29, 2013 – 2:26 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - Yes, the diary…where paper goes to die. I have SO many different systems, so I am now determined to get one that works for all of us and sticks? Alec lives and dies by Google Calendar, so if it is not in there, it is not happening. I am getting WAY better using that now that I have my laptop!August 29, 2013 – 2:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Angela K. - I suggest looking at this http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com blog. She is amazing at organization. I love all of her ideas. Now to actually start the organizing, instead of just pinning them and wishing. LolAugust 29, 2013 – 3:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - Alec is exempt from the brain?August 29, 2013 – 3:59 pmReplyCancel

    • sesame - Alec does not need the brain. He is super organized and I know that the kids and I kill him slowly every day with our non-system. This will make him happy.August 29, 2013 – 4:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Angie Baxter - Looks awesome!! xxAugust 29, 2013 – 4:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I did just that with white clipboards about a year ago….. Best thing I ever did!! Every so often I do a bit of a cull and file and we’re all good to go again 😉August 29, 2013 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Michał - Interesting IDEA! 😀August 29, 2013 – 6:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Suzi - I WISH I could get Google Calendar to work for me but I end up missing all the notifications because there are too many, and adding things to one calendar and not the one I share with hubby. The whole system is just SO baffling to me.

    I have a clip board for all my bills. The rest of the house is hell in a hand basket and with a 5 month old who doesn’t sleep, it’s only getting worse with my decreased brain capacity. This looks great!August 29, 2013 – 9:23 pmReplyCancel

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