Small-BookcaseIs there a class called Organization 101? I need it! I realize there are compulsively neat individuals who are unhappy, and I don’t wish to make light of them. But I’m not one and have even considered hiring someone to help me get organized.

Day after day, letters and papers arrive in the mail needing to be sorted, but get stacked in a pile. The counter accumulates crumbs, as does the floor, and dishes gather in the sink because the dishwasher is full from the night before. After my AM walk, I tackle a load of laundry and do a quick cleanup of the kitchen when my biggest challenge dwells one floor above me: my writing space.

New-Bookshelf

Our house doesn’t lack for bookshelves. The problem? They’re all full! Our son’s old bedroom, my writing room, now houses a new bookshelf where I decided to organize papers, padded envelopes for sending out prizes, photography necessities, and much more. If I could just figure out a system.

Bookshelf-TopI’m trying the clear plastic bin method, but my label maker went kaput so I don’t know what’s inside most of the containers. What should I put in which bin and how much should I save? When I think of a possible book title or admire a unique name, I jot it down on a scrap of paper and slip it into a file in a desk. Should I store them in a plastic container instead, where they won’t be forgotten?

The bookshelf was partly purchased to alleviate the mess on my desk, but it hasn’t eradicated the Post-it notes that materialize every day.

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Albert Einstein once said. No empty minds around here!

Any tips for me, a woman who likes the printed page rather than amassing data in my computer? Is having too much storage space a disadvantage? Where should I start? Must I read every piece of paper before filing it? I’m open to all ideas except the paper shredder.

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To be Released June 1, 2014

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