Very Pinteresting

I’m an organizing fanatic.  Although if you were to open one of my closets, you might be immediately killed by the avalanche.  Clearly I’m a work in progress.  I have nearly every organizing book ever written:  The Fly Lady, Unclutter Your Home, Julie Morgenstern’s Organizing from the Inside Out, etc.

Now if I could only find them.

And of course, one of my favorite bloggers pens a website called I’m An Organizing Junkie.  I want to be Laura when I grow up.

I don’t function well in clutter.  I prefer to declutter as I go.  For example, something that drives my husband insane is my pesky habit of putting the condiments away while he is mid-sandwich in his lunch preparation.  Clutter doesn’t affect him.  It doesn’t affect any of the slobs that I live with.  I will never understand that.

But it is my higher calling to keep us all functioning in a relatively clutter free and organized environment.  Even if it kills me.  Which it just might.

I have files for nearly everything.  It is not unusual for me to find inspiration in, say, a magazine, cut out a picture, and then file it in the appropriate folder.

Never to be seen again.

I’ve been generally about 10 years behind the technological times.  Over the last number of months I’ve had many friends banter the term “Pinterest” around.  I’ve responded by sticking my fingers into my ears and whispering TIME SUCK.  Like I need something else to distract me from my quest to remove the petrified yogurt splatters from the ceiling.

But a couple of weeks ago, I succumbed.  I set up an account and began repinning like mad.  BECAUSE LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY DECORATING PICTURES.

At first I feared that all of my pinning would simply add to my already inflated sense of inadequacy.  But I’ve learned that it helps me to be visually inspired.  And Pinterest is a great way for me to organize ideas, thoughts, plans, and dreams.

All without tripping over them on the floor.

I’m really a NOVICE and have no clue what I’m doing, but if you want to follow me on Pinterest, please do.  But don’t be alarmed at my visual level of crazy.

And while I’m on the subject of organizing, I’ve recently come across a homeschooling program called The Organized Life and Learning Yearbook (OLLY).  It’s a way to keep track of lesson plans, courses, attendance, grades, and homeschooling what-have-you.  And it was created for use on a Mac.  WOOHOO.

I am putting it to good use in my quest to organize our homeschooling year.  I will be officially reviewing the program and offering a giveaway some time next month.

The BlogHer Life Well Lived panel has some terrific tools to help get you (and by you, I mean ME) organized.  And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter the Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes for a chance to win an iPod Touch.

And now I want to turn it over to you.

What are your favorite resources (Products, Apps, Books, Websites, etc.) that help you get organized?

6 Responses to Very Pinteresting

  • I love Pinterest just exactly for the reasons you said – no more piles of magazines, file folders or binders. The best part is that the Pin links back to the instructions whenever you need them.

    I am loving TeauxDeaux app. It is a very simple To Do List app. It moves what is not crossed off to the next day. There is a “Some Day” list as well as the daily list.

  • Sigh…I am still avoiding Pinterest for the very reasons you did…are you telling me it’s time to give in!?!

  • Love Pinterest – so many great ideas. Just decided to paint my daughter’s bedroom furniture after years of looking at that mahogany sleigh bed (it was mine growing up). I was skeered! But, I found a great how to, pinned it, bought the goodies and Benjamin Moore and I are gonna get busy in the basement! I’m buying her some new Billy bookshelves at Ikea for her room and I’m going to paint the back panel of each of the boxes too. Thank you Pinterest people!

  • I said the same thing about Pinterest; I don’t need one more “distraction.” However, I find I don’t get on very often, but when I do I find a lot of wonderful ideas; and have even shared some. 🙂 Great ideas for homeschooling too.

  • I find that the Notes app on my iPhone allows me to use te “talk to text” option. I need that ability to say something into my notes that I need to remember later.

    Pinterest is literally a virtual organizer’s dream come true. I’ve actually been using so many of the recipes that I need to creat a “Pinned There Done That” board! Ha

  • I’m organized in my mind only, nothing else about me, my house or life is organized!!! loved the post.