Monday, February 4, 2013

Changes and Donations

Keeping a schedule is important for me. It's how I'm wired. And organization is one thing that keeps me glued together -- to a fault, probably. At least that's what my husband and kids might tell you. So just don't ask them. Because they'll tell you wildly falsified stories about how I charitably donate items they still use, want or wear in order to keep our home organized. And those stories just aren't true.

My husband's favorite example is the canvas fold-up chair he got for free at some football clinic he attended. Kind of like the blue one in this photo. It sat in our storage area for TWO YEARS. Never was it removed from its original packaging. Never was it unfolded. Never was it sat upon. So I donated it. But now, every Fourth of July before venturing to fireworks (or any other outdoor festivity the rest of the year), my husband asks where his canvas chair is. "Oh, that's right. You donated it," he says, eyeballing me.

Well, so I don't freak out and come unglued, an organized blogging schedule is important to me. And I'll be making a change to posting just once a week, on Mondays. Some of my Mondays will still feature middle grade books with the other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday-ers, and some of them will be my whatever-I-want-them-to-be Mondays. Occasionally, I'll pop in on another day for special events.

So, are you a scheduler and an organizer? Or do you fly with the moment? Or are you somewhere in between? And . . . have you ever donated something a family member insists they would use if it were still around?

23 comments:

  1. Me? I do a little of both, somewhat organized, somewhat flying. And I've been known to throw things out. Just because you get a free calendar in the mail doesn't mean you have to keep it, but someone thought it made great wall art.Eesh!

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  2. I'm a total organizer and I live with my daughter and husband who can't give away anything. We have so much to donate but especially my husband can't let go. That's why our basement looks like it does. Sigh.

    Good that you're doing what you need to with your blog too.

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  3. I'm a list maker, but I'm not organized. I just like being able to cross things off of lists. Maybe someday I'll become a bit more organized, but I doubt it. Until then, I'll envy your organization because... the grass is always greener, right?

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  4. Not always organized, but I do keep a schedule. My blogging schedule is important to me because I feel like it forces me to write something three times a week. When I'm editing or even on summer vacation with the kids this feels like an important touchstone for my writing in general.

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  5. Ahhh. I am a pack rat of the first order and I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time. Funny thing is, most people think I'm terribly organized. Maybe that's just because I know where most of my junk is! The best I can do with letting go of stuff is the book giveaways I'm doing on my blog. It's a beginning.

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  6. I feel I'm a mix of both. While I like to schedule things in my planner day-to-day, life can be unpredictable sometimes, so I'm very open to "fly with the moment," as you call it. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your posts every Monday! :)

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  7. I try to be organized. But as I've heard, there is no trying, only doing. At night I of kind of think about what I want to get done the next day, then hope for the best.

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  8. I totally had to do this. But even once a week you'll be able to keep up w/everyone and them with you! It's just one of those things. Writers have to write! And blogging can take away from valuable writing time!

    Glad you'll still be around, though~ :o) <3

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  9. I'm the middle everything (except child!). I'm vaguely organized; at least things don't often crash and burn.

    My wife and I still regret giving away some of our Japanese stuff at a yardsale. Every so often we'll miss something, and say "what were we thinking?!"

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  10. i try to stay on a schedule - but too often break it. one of my favorite hobbies is creating a new calendar to get myself back on schedule :)

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  11. Lol, nope you'll never live that down. My hubby does stuff like that to me. I'm a fifty-fifty right/left brain thinker so sometimes I'm organized, other times I'm not.
    I think once a week is ample blog time. I just heard the recipe for success is twice a month so you don't burn out, but for me, once a week is substantial.
    Good luck with the writing!! :D

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  12. I was always extremely organized. But I had a houseful of men who weren't. So it was a struggle. Once I stopped being a stay-at-home mom and went back to work, much of the organization went out the window. My priorities simply changed. Scheduling is still important to me. I have three calendars and I use all of them.

    And yes, I've gotten rid of things someone wanted. Hey, if you're not gonna use it for five years...

    Good for you for cutting back on blogging if you need the time to write or accomplish anything else. I've cut back too.

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  13. That happens in my house all the time, Barbara (last week actually). The true value of an item always comes out after Mom donates it. :)

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  14. It's always as soon as you donate something that you need it, right?
    I'm an organizer, so long as time permits. Lately I've had to become a little more comfortable with being spontaneous, as my schedule has gotten more packed.

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  15. I'm a scheduler, except I usually forget to write it down. The only organization I do is in my writing. That's when I'm super organized. :D

    My hubby accidentally donated my daughter's favorite building blocks. Still not sure what he was thinking.

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  16. I totally relate here, but I've turned into a fly with the moment person to maintain my sanity. Before I was married I was such a perfectionist that I knew if someone was in my room because an object was moved half an inch. Then I married a slob, and proceeded to produce two more slobs. Sigh!

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  17. OMG^ I was just like Rose about the object being moved half an inch, lol. I'm much normal now, but my hubby is still mad at me for throwing away some of his WWE kid stuff after our first year of marriage to make room in our small closet!

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  18. Ha! That cracks me up.

    I made the switch to Mondays only and it's been nice. Perhaps during the summer I'll blog a bit more. But teaching is a bit too crazy this year for me to post more frequently. Hope it helps slow things down for you too Barbara! ;)

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  19. Lol! That story with the chair sounds exactly like Hubby and I. I'm a scheduler and an organizer but not to extremes. I can adapt and go with the flow when it's needed.

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  20. It's good to be flexible and I've seen that on your blog ever since my very first visit. :)
    I'm a scheduler and organizer but I've been working on being flexible since life won't ask for your permission before throwing you a curve ball or something.

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  21. Funny how they only remember it if it's gone, like some weird sixth sense! LOL. I look forward to your Monday posts!

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  22. This happens to me all the time! The husband eye-balling thing, b/c I tossed something he never used.
    Ergh!
    I wish I was more scheduled. I fly by the seat of my pants, and I feel funny about the blog a lot. Like, do they know I'm still out there? Because I post all different days of the week...

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  23. What a funny post! I have that happen with my kids all the time. I'm definitely a scheduler and an organizer, probably to a fault. I feel so out of control when I get behind or there are too many piles of stuff laying around the house.

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