Organization is Key, Now Where are the Damn Keys!? – Day 26 #30DBC

Ask me to find a file in my computer, no problem! A few strokes later I've got the file ready. Ask me to pull up that website I showed you 2 years ago that had that funny picture of a cat with a top hat? I'll pull it right up within a minute. Ask me to find stuff at home, like my main set of keys. Most of the time, it'll be a while before I find them. As a matter of fact, my keys have been missing for weeks now.

What is this? I'm over thirty and still have problems finding stuff around. Is it a matter of interest? where I'm interested in websites and random files but not in my keys? I doubt it.

It's a matter of habits and organization as far as I can tell. I've had this problem for as long as I can remember. I will eventually find whatever I think I've lost. The truth is that it isn't lost, just misplaced. I will find my keys, wallet, and stuff, I just won't find it when I need it. So over time, I've determined that this is a problem, but the solution isn't as easy to pinpoint.

I've tried many things, and maybe the one thing I haven't tried is blogging about it. I recently found I won't be a hoarder too a great little blog about home organization. And this blog just kinda inspired me to talk more about these little things that bug me or drive me crazy. Also having a kid on the way really has pushed me towards organizing my material life more than I have in the past. I've always been a bit of a pack-rat, but not to any kind of extreme like you see on TV, at all.

Recently, I had a garage sale to begin de-cluttering my house. It went well, I sold a lot of stuff. The problem is that it took most of Saturday and I didn't get rid of nearly as much stuff as I needed to. So how does one go about organizing and de-cluttering a home. For some, this is a simple task, they just "do it" for hoarders, de-cluttering is sometimes an impossibility. I'm somewhere in the middle. So along with my daily life, some of my adventures, stuff about me, TV Movies & Netflix, and parenting, I now invite you to stick around to read some of my experiences with organizing a home. Wish me luck.

The first thing to de-cluttering a house, seems to be identifying the clutter. Furthermore, identifying the source or reason for the clutter, not just the clutter zones themselves. So organization and decluttering, that's on my project plate now. As a stay at home parent, I'll need to step up my game. I'll need to be more efficient, more productive and more purposeful than ever. Currently there are three major clutter zones in my home. Kitchen cabinets & storage, Garage, and the Upstairs landing area. This is where I should begin and let you know how things go.

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7 Comments

  1. I’ve got to tackle my attic. Lately we’ve been opening the door, throwing stuff in and slamming it before it pops back out. But, I have one question for you, Oscar. Do you have Male Refrigerator Blindness? If you do, sorry, de-cluttering might not help you find things like keys, milk, or cans in the pantry. I hear that’s a genetic deficiency:)

    • I don’t know what “male refrigerator blindess” is Greta, lol but it sounds funny. I wasn’t very clear on this post… and you’re right. de-cluttering won’t help me find this stuff, but what it will help me do is follow the old advice: “A place for every thing, and every thing in its place” right now, things get put away wherever I find space for them. If I de-clutter, then I can organize the spaces better and keep things more neatly organized… I hope.

  2. Funny, I just listen to Untitled Minimalism podcast with an interview of Joanna Karpinski who writes the I won’t be a hoarder too.

    • So… William! That’s where I found it. After reading a blogpost or tweet from you I found the Untitled Minimalism podcast and eventually found Joanna. So this post exists thanks to you!

  3. Boy can I relate to this one, especially the clutter part. Although I have found a solution to the keys, it’s Hooks. For years now I’ve had hooks in a location close to the door or in the kitchen area. Somewhere along the line I developed the habit of putting them on the hook when I come in. Although these days they may also be on a table near the door. For my eldest, I put a small pedestal dish on the same table and that worked for her. Funny how kids do help you get more organized, until they move out.

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