Posts Tagged ‘organization’

There is nothing more frustrating than insomnia, especially if you have to get to work by 6:00 a.m. the next day.  A bout of insomnia on the weekend, however, is a whole different matter.

One weekend I had a really weird pattern of sleep, but I used it to my advantage.  The project: spice cabinet.  The hour: midnight.

Our spice cabinet was a mess.  I tried to keep it organized and put things in alphabetical order, but in so many other ways it was complete chaos.  Spices were stored in different sized containers, because you know buying in bulk is less expensive than buying those little containers every time.  But then when you fill the little plastic container you bought in the first place with the bulk spice you just bought, the bulk stuff doesn’t all fit in the small container, so you have to store the residual bulk stuff somewhere.  More than likely it’s stored somewhere in back where you forget you have it and then when it’s time to fill up that little container again and you know you have some bulk stuff stored somewhere you can’t find it, so you buy another bulk packet of the spice.  This happens with lots of spices, so the cabinet gets fuller and more disorganized as time goes on.  I’d had it.  It was time to change.

The first thing I had to do was empty the cabinet completely.  I was full of energy, even though it was midnight.  The only thing I had to concern myself with was keeping kind of quiet as Husby was fast asleep upstairs.

When I saw the nasty shelf liner I decided to replace that too.  I had some nice green and white liner down in Craftland, which was great because I didn’t want to put the project on hold until I got some shelf liner.

Also lucky for me I was stocked with quite a few spice jars, thanks to Husby.  So I went to work transferring all the spices to same-sized spice jars.  Yes, I had some leftovers, but I organized those all nice and gave them a shelf of their own.  So when I run out of the spice I know exactly where to go to see if I have some more.

The new overflow shelf. Two unopened jars of meat tenderizer? Yes, but there won’t be any more coming into the house until these are gone.

After the shelf liners were in place and the spices were in the jars I got to work printing labels. I wish I could remember where I found the template so I could give some credit. They were the perfect size and just what I wanted.  Once I got them set up and printed out I cut them all out.  Then I stuck them on the jars.  The reason I’m relaying every tiny detail is because if you remember I started this project at midnight.  After each phase of the project I would say to myself, “okay, I’ll just do (the next phase) and then I’m going to bed.”  But I kept going and going.  If you say I was like the Energizer Bunny I might have to push you down.  But it was kind of like that.

Finally everything was done and I could move things back into the cabinet.  Top shelf is the overflow shelf (see picture above).  Second shelf stores the things that I didn’t want to put into spice jars but are used on a fairly regular basis.

Yes, Duck Dynasty fans, that is Phil Robinson’s “zesty” Cajun Style Seasoning. And it’s pretty good.

The very tidy and organized spices. You can’t tell from this picture, but when you look into the cabinet all of the labels are visible, making the search for spices super easy.

And so the clock strikes 5:00 a.m.  Five hours of insomnia put to very good use.  I should spend all of my insomniatic nights like this!  Husby woke up shortly after I finished the project and was very delighted with what he saw.

The finished project. A neat and organized cabinet makes spending time in the kitchen so much more enjoyable.

That’s the story of my spicy night. Too bad Husby slept through it all.

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There is tension in the air that isn’t all the way stressful, but an urgency is definitely there.  Once again I don’t feel as organized as I would like, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t think I’ll ever feel as organized as I’d like.  That doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying to improve my organizational skills.  The new year’s resolution I made to discipline myself more has really paid off and I still practice it three months after I resolved to do it.  Instead of getting cozy in bed with my book at an early hour as I would have liked I finished up the straggly ends of things I had been working on earlier in the evening.  It doesn’t really matter that I didn’t get enough sleep, does it?


The most logical reason for feeling this tension and urgency is because I finally have three applications in for shows this summer.  Woo hoo!  I’m not sure how many shows I’ll be doing this year, but I do know it will be at least three. 

In other news, I just got an order for candles to be part of a wedding.  I love when that happens!  Beautiful red palm wax pillars will grace the tables at a very happy occasion.  When my candles are at a special event like this I feel like I’m right there too.  Cheers to the happy couple!

It’s only Tuesday and I’m already looking forward to the weekend.  Lots to do!

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Mary Poppins says, “once begun is half done.”  So true.  Half done.  The killer is in the completion.  In addition to my To Do list I also have a Finish list.  Seriously.  Something goes on my To Do list, I do it halfway, then I put that same project on my Finish list.  There’s something terribly wrong with this.

I pour a batch of candles but neglect to shrink-wrap and label them.  I print out magnet images but don’t cut them out.  I don’t really consider this procrastination because I actually start the project.  I just put off finishing it.  I guess that’s procrastination after all.

When I start and finish a task in one chunk of time I feel like an actual grown-up.  Like today, I was cleaning my bathroom and was so tempted to just do the countertops and sink and leave the tub, toilet and floor for another day.  Why does my brain think that way?  It’s counter-productive!  What makes it worse is I know a half-finished task nagging at me drives me out of my mind.  And yet I continue to do it.

Be assured I cleaned my entire bathroom all at once.  I was so proud.  I also did loads of laundry and folded everything, but they remain in the basket.  I made dinner and washed dishes afterwards, but the dishes remain “air drying” in the sink.

There has to be a name for this disorder.  Some may call it the too-much-on-your-plate syndrome.  I don’t want to call it that because I dislike the phrase too-much-on-your-plate.  Others may call it disorganization disorder.  That’s more to my liking, but makes me feel really badly about myself.  I’ve vowed to become more organized on many occasions; I start to get myself more organized but then don’t finish the plan.

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.  The past few weeks have been muddled with the decline and demise of Husby’s dad ~ that’s a pretty good excuse isn’t it?  Maybe now our lives will slowly regain some normalcy and I’ll get back on track and see tasks and projects through to their completion.  I can only hope.  If I have a household and business filled with unfinished projects I’ll absolutely lose my mind.

What do you do to keep yourself on track?  Are you able to start a project and finish it to completion all in one sitting…on a consistent basis?  Do the tasks you don’t have time to start and/or finish drive you crazy, just sitting there begging you to do them?

One good thing: I finished this blog post.  Yay me!

PS ~ I always finish everything eventually.  Except for putting photographs in an album.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never, ever finish that project.

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