Melanie's Get Organized Journal: Week 1

  1. My childhood home was...
    ...similar to my home. Even though my mother was a home economics teacher, she was not very organized. On the outside, things were relatively neat, but closets were crammed with stuff with no rhyme or reason. When I would "clean up" my room, I would throw stuff into drawers, into the closet and under the bed. My niece's room was usually the only room in the house that didn't fall into this pattern.
  2. How many environments have you lived in? Describe them...
    • Early childhood - Usually neat, but not organized
    • Teen years - Not an organized environment

      (These were both with my parents.)

    • College dorm - My side of the room was a pig sty
    • My home - Items have no homes in my house
  3. The last time I tried to get organized...
    ...was a couple of months ago. I was reading the Julie Morgenstern book, and I started with my Household Information Center. I set up a drawer in my bedside table for bill-paying. I brought a portable filing system up from the basement. I never filed anything that needed to be filed - I stuck it in the drawer for "later" and later never came. My drawer is now clogged with junk. However, to my credit, I organized my dresser drawers a couple of weeks ago, and they have remained neat and organized.
  4. Maintaining an organized environment is hard for me because...
    ... of my tendency to procrastinate. If it doesn't involve sitting in my bed or at my computer, it may not get done. I put off even simple things, like putting away the phone book when I'm finished, or hanging up my coat when I come in. Sometimes I can motivate myself by saying, "It will only take a minute," but that doesn't work all the time. My disorganization is due to something inside me.

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