Originally Posted by nova22
I'm decluttering our clothes. I have a ton of women's clothing, including maternity clothes, that doesn't fit. I have baby clothes that my kids have both grown out of. I am putting all the FSOT items in one large box and keeping a detailed list, including colors, sizes, and season for wear, of everything I put in the box.
I put a bunch of baby clothes in the attic to use for the next child we have. Again, I made a detailed list of everything I put in the box. I entered the list into an Excel worksheet and saved it as BOXA1. I labeled the box on all sides with a thick black marker - A1. Eventually I want to put all my lists into FileMaker so I can have more search options. Down the road when I want to find my white newborn onesies, I can search for "onesie" in FileMaker and come up with a list of boxes. Does that make sense? I got the idea from Sidetracked Home Executives (the precurser to FLY-lady). I've been going through a lot of old attic boxes and sorting them in the same way, so I don't have to dig through tons of boxes before I find something. I've also pruned my sock drawer and thrown away anything that is holey or has weak elastic. If I have t-shirts that don't fit or are faded, and aren't nice enough to thrift or sell, I cut them into strips and use them to make rag rugs or dishcloths.
WOW! I'm amazed at people who can make something like this work. It would be a direct road for failure for me. The trouble with advice like this (not the poster, just the advice) is that it is CLEARLY written by someone who is organized. I'm not something we pathological keepers could make work. That sounds like a lot of work. And we pathological keepers are kind of perfectionists, so if we can't do it right, can't do it for a long time, well, best just SAVE the stuff in the closet, drawers, etc until we have time to do a proper inventory and labeling. And therein is my problem. I NEED to let go and box the stuff up any way I can. Yet because I don't have time to properly organize and sort it - well, you know where it sits.
I'll give you another example. I once read some advice that suggested one-way to organization was to ONLY write in Pencil in your address book. This will keep it neat and you can easily update for new cell phone numbers etc. Well, I realized that this advice was CLEARLY written by someone who could find a pencil in their house within 5 seconds. In short, it was written for someone already organized. I realized that I was actually trying to follow that advice. Since I couldn't always find a pencil, I would jot down numbers with whatever I could find on whatever I could find (big black markers on napkins, highlighters on the backs of envelopes, crayon on post-it notes) and then stick these near my address book with the intention of later transferring once a proper pencil could be found. So the address book was out of control with little slips of paper falling out of it. God forbid I should write in it with the WRONG pen. I realized that organizational tip was absolutely NO HELP to someone disorganized. I just needed to get the number into the address book AT ANY cost, with any pen.
For me, the box thing with excel spreadsheets would completely backfire. There would NEVER be time to do it right, so it would never get done. For myself I'm trying to get things boxed up and moved out, ANY WAY I can. I need to let go of the perfectionism. Good luck though - I'm continually impressed by people who can do that. But I need to admit that I'm not one of them.
Has anyone read Spiritual Housecleaning?http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=IA43FXPLC9SGE
I'm flirting with it as a way of approaching my house, but haven't bought yet.