Saturday, December 13, 2008

Getting Organized

Whew! Getting organized is quite a job for me. And I tend to put it off, because I already know what's in each of my piles! :) But today I took a couple of hours to put things in notebooks, to file research material, to file receipts. (Well, not file. More like cram in my tax folder.)

It's nice to have a little more room to work!

Okay, if you're an organized person, I'd love to hear suggestions for how you do it! And if you're more of a piler like I am, I'd love to hear how you try to stay semi-organized.

Missy--who's really happy her son arrived home this evening!


Donna said...

I am a stacker and often I complain that the paper monster has taken over my desk. However, I love the accordian folder for my writing. Each WIP has it's own folder and when new ideas come I make a new file. Of course making me sitdown and put them together is a task too! As for the rest I am still in need of assistance! Of course my entire life is a little upside down with well with life!

Pamela J said...

I'm a piler. I find it next to impossible to find what I want within a few minutes unless I've seen and placed it recently. Sorry, no suggestions from me. I know what I NEED to do is get things related to the same topic at least in a file drawer in the same folder file. No matter the dates, if the topics were sorted. That would sometimes save hours. The time it takes to do that would be well spent, I just seem to have miss placed the time to do that!

Missy Tippens said...

Donna, I like accordian files, too. I also sell Mary Kay, and I use them for all the paperwork for that business.

I usually use spiral notebooks for my writing (the kind with the very stiff backing so they're almost like a lap desk). But I just set up some binders to use to try that out. That way I can put other papers in there (like character charts, etc.) I'll have to let you know how that goes! :)

Missy Tippens said...


My sister hired a professional organizer to come to my house for 3 visits a good many years ago. She probably could have spent the whole 3 days on my paper work! LOL She did try to help me set up a filing system, but it never worked very well for me. I've had to adjust over the years to try to figure out a system I'll actually use. I'm still adjusting! :)


the reverend mommy said...

I'm super organized on some things and not at all organized on others.

Right now I'm "between offices" -- neither of my churches have an office (it's been a weird feeling...) so I have all my office stuff and the circuit copy machine in my dining room.

I'm finding my organizational methods that work in an office, don't work so well in a dining room.

Missy Tippens said...

Hey, Rev. I use my dining room table, too. :) My real office is in the basement, and it's like dungeon (no windows near my desk). Plus, it's freezing down there year round. So I work upstairs on the couch on my laptop. I have a printer and files right behind the couch.

In the dining room, one corner is full of my boxes of Steeple Hill books. Most of the table is taken by all the notebooks and paperwork from my teaching job. On one end is all my Mary Kay product. The whole room is pretty much a disaster!

Now that my son has moved out for college, I had thought to make an office in one of the bedrooms. But I haven't taken the plunge yet. And now that he's home for Christmas, it hit me that he'll be here all summer, too. I guess it would be hard to work there. :)

the reverend mommy said...

On that note,
When we make offices, why do we put them in such places like the basement? I'm such a people person, I want to be near the action -- mine really should be just off the kitchen. And I love to sit in a comfy chair with the laptop -- why not include on in our offices??

Now I'm thinking about office design...

Missy Tippens said...

I agree!

Missy--who's sitting a cushy in the corner of the sectional sofa right now, typing away. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Missy, I hear you on the basement office. Mine is the same and I just don't go down there. I worked for 20 yrs in a windowless comm centre in the military.

I need sunlight to be creative. Especially in the winter when our days are so short. If we don't get enough sunlight, we suffer from SAD which is Seasonal Affective Disorder. You have 2 choices to combat the depression arising from SAD - you can buy an artificial sun lamp, or you can ensure your curtains are open to capture all available sunlight. I do the latter and am now fine during Jan and Feb.

As for my office, hubby finally bought me a writing armoire last Jan. It only takes up a little corner and I can push my laptop shelf in and close the doors when not in use - yeah, right!

Of course it's limited it the amt of books and paperwork it can hold, but it's 6' high, has shelves, and even a filing drawer.

It's better than what I had before...which was the basement or nothing...and if you think your basement is cold, you should come up here when it's -49F outside like it was last week!

Missy Tippens said...

Anita Mae, that sounds so cool! I'll have to look online at office furniture. Do you remember where you got it?


Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Missy, I bought it at Sears.

I was reading the Edit Cafe last summer when they were showing one sheets and they showed one author's with a pic of her writing armoire and it was exactly like mine. I keep thinking the author was Mary Connealy but I could be wrong.

Catherine Terry said...

Like others, I need to be close to the action in order to enjoy my space. In the house that we just bought, my studio is right off the living room and near enough to the kitchen to smell when something is done. I confess that I'm not a real attentive cook; I set it and often forget it. Lol!

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Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, Anita Mae! I'll check it out!

Catherine, I'm so glad you stopped by! I love being in the middle of the family room. But during the summer, while the kids are home, it's a bit more difficult! :)