Construction Alert and Clearing the Fog

Well hello there, Practicalities world!

It seems that I lost  my practical nature, as I hunkered down and focused to preserve my well-being.

But the fog is now lifting, and my B vitamins are now recharging, giving me clarity and restocking my depleted energy reserves.

So prepare for some dust disturbing, please.

As the cloud of memory loss and depression settled upon me, I lost the site focus and merged my angst into the realm of practical things.

My sincere apologies.

I’ve now created a time and space for such airing and I’ll be moving posts around to better separate my artistic side and my opinion side and my practical side.

Hang in there now, ya hear?!

misty mt close

fog on the mountain range

Dreamin’ Girl




Basic Organization Outline


NOTE:  P4s – here it is – this is your guide.  Take it and run and get organized!  Please come back and share your successes with us.

This is the structure we’ll follow.  Read it through and mentally prepare yourself.  Bookmark the page because we’re going to follow these basics for every single space we organize.

Organizing, especially whole home organization, is a very intense process – it will be almost as unsettling as the process of moving to another home. The following facts and tips will help to prepare you for the tasks you are about to undertake.

Important Tip:  It’s best to tackle one area of the home at a time. Think about which areas are causing you the most problems and start with them – reference your first task and make a list.

NOTE: I recommend that you only focus on one room a month or even every two months, so that you can adjust and refine the area you’ve organized before moving to the next area. Also, plan to spend two full days for each room you organize8 hours each day fully dedicated to the process (two motivated people can handle the job in one 8-hour day).

Prior to the start of the organizing process, you will need to assign a “holding” location for all items that will be labeled least used. These items will be sorted at the end of your home organization project, so plan for it to be long-term storage space if you’re working on your whole home.

Determine your target area – the space/room which most needs your attention – you’ve done this with your list.

Find your work area – an area large enough to temporarily contain all of the items you are going to remove and sort from your target area.

Now you are ready to begin the process of organizing. For each targeted area of organization (each item on your list), you will do the following:

1 –  Assemble three boxes and a trash receptacle. The boxes are for:

      • Relocate – least used items for this space, future sort projects to determine where and if they belong
      • Relocate – often used, but boxed to move to more efficient location(s)
      • Give Away – find pleasure in parting with this box
      • Trash

2 –  Assign imaginary “rooms” in your work area (from above – a cleared space large enough for the contents of your target space) for your following categories:

      • Return to target area – it’s a keeper and it belongs here
      • Relocate to other areas of the home more appropriate for items – it would function much better in another space
      • Relocate to “holding” area for final sort – you need more time to consider how to categorize these items
      • Give away – to your favorite source
      • Trash – yep, kick that crap to the curb

3 –  All items in the target area will be removed – sorting by the above categories and quick-sorting all items returning to the target area by item type as you go. This is a quick sort and will be refined during the final steps.

4 –  Make quick decisions on your items – be realistic:

      • do you really need this item?
      • will this item be better used by someone else?
      • why are you keeping this item which holds negative emotions?
      • has this item seen better days?
      • can this item be very easily and affordably replaced should you ever find the need for it (speaking of those things we keep around just in case we ever need them)?

5 –  Once all items are removed from target area, quickly clean target area

6 –  Assign locations for items which will return to target area. Think this out a bit – put your most used items in the most easily/comfortably accessed locations. Those things that don’t get used as often can be placed into less easily accessed spaces.

For instance, in a bedroom, those pretty perfume bottles might be best kept in a fancy tray on top of your dresser, while your nail polish accessories would be better kept in a travel suitcase tucked into the closet.  Think things through in similar manner.

7 –  Move your chosen (and hopefully greatly reduced) items to target area

8 –  Use temporary labels to help all family members adjust to new item locations

9 –  Quickly move those “Relocate – Often Used” box/items to their new proper and most applicable locations/rooms

10 –  Store those “Relocate – Least Used” box/items in your assigned “holding” location

11 –  You’ve done it!  Pat yourself on the back.  Sit down and admire your newly organized space.

Important tip:  Remember to give yourself time to adjust, and to get used to maintaining your newly organized space – and maintenance means that everything has its assigned space and everything must return to its place.  Start your routine and stick with it to keep this space organized.

The change will be unsettling for at least a few weeks as you and your family adjust to the newly organized areas. An oft-repeated organizing theory: It takes 21 days to learn a new habit. So be prepared for the habit of being organized to take several weeks to become “natural” – stick to it, you can do it!

Move on to the next space when you are ready – saving that “holding” location for the last. Be ruthless when you get to the “holding” location – and remember that these items could be using up valuable space and keeping you emotionally bound to material objects.


You are well on your way. As you maintain your organized areas, keep these tips in mind:

    1. Incoming should equal Outgoing (with the exception of food items).
    2. Make a game of it – buy something new – purge something old.
    3. Remember to keep your most used items within reach – utilize your spaces to best suit your needs.
    4. There is always room for improvement. Regular maintenance and custom fitting for life changes is recommended. This is best accomplished with the help of a motivational friend – and can be reciprocated.


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Organized Focus

Make a list.

No, no, no – we’re not trying to figure out who’s naughty and nice!

Seriously. Make a list.

That’s a pretty general task, isn’t it?

Okay, okay. I guess we need to have some focus.  We’ll try this again:  Make a list of the areas inside your home that are most needful of organization.

Did you do it? You might only have two areas listed. If so, congratulations! You might still be writing, because you are trying to list every single area of your home. If so, stop. You need to narrow it down to the top five spaces and make certain they are most often used spaces. The spaces can be as large as a room, or as small as a drawer, but you can only list five.

Done?  Congratulations on finding your starting focus!

Now – number that list in order of the highest priority – number one being that fire that you want/need to put out NOW!

You found your style already, right? If not, then go back to this article and figure out which style or styles are going to work best for you.

Now – at the top of that list, put your style reference: P1, P2, P3, P4

You can list more than one. Let me be more specific – it is perfectly okay to list two styles. If you list all four, fix that! You’re not being honest with yourself, really!

Ready? You’ve got your focus now, and you’ve got your style.

Take note of these basic rules as we begin:

      • organization is going to take focus
      • organization is going to take time
      • organization is not a do it once and it’s done type of feat
      • organization will become a habit
      • organization will require maintenance
      • organization will improve your self image
      • organization does not happen overnight

Okay – back to that list. Make two copies of it – it’s okay to rewrite it or scan it or photocopy it – just make two copies of that list, so that you have three identical lists.

Now, take the copies and place them here:

      • One in your purse (for reference when you are shopping)
      • One at your desk or computer area (for reference when you are researching online)
      • One on your refrigerator (for a constant reminder of your focus)

I know, I know – this seems silly doesn’t it? Think about this: you need to know your focus and you need to stay on focus, or this really is not going to work for you. These copies of the list you’ve created and prioritized are going to remind you that you have tasks to stick to and help keep you focused on staying on task. The reason for so many copies is to have many reminders – and to know there’s another copy if you lose one.

When you reference those lists, keep your priorities in order.  Do not – I repeat, do not – start focusing on number four if you have not completed number One.

As we move through your list, when you’ve completed a focus on your list, put a huge checkmark beside and it move on to the next priority. Stay focused!

Okay, now we’re ready! Let’s get organized!

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