Ohhhhhh yeaaahhhh. Grab your coffee and your laptop and hunker down for a productive Saturday morning in your favorite cozy chair!
The lack of sunshine and vitamin D has me wanting to hibernate like a bear more than organizing one. more. cupboard. I think I had this winter fatigue last year around this time, too. There’s just only so much “doing” that my body wants to do. A hot beverage and a warm blanket are way more appealing. But sitting and doing nada isn’t my style, either. Fortunately, there are still organizing projects you can do from the coziness of your favorite chair even when you don’t really have energy to physically do anything.
I’ve tackled two out of three of these projects in the past week. They’re things that really needed done, were on my larger to-do list and will save me time down the road, yet they weren’t as high on the priority list as other projects, like organizing and cleaning out the kitchen, or getting our February budget set up (which could also be done from the chair, incidentally!). But if it’s a choice between doing one of these or just popping in a movie because “it’s Friday night and I am a tired mom and have no life but I’m sure as heck not going to CLEAN tonight”, then I say it’s a good time to do one of these! Bonus: You can put the movie in while you work. (Or Young & the Restless. Maybe that’s just me.)
Most of the time I keep recipes on Pinterest, and I have them organized by very detailed categories there (more on that later). When I find recipes in magazines or get them from friends, or for the times I print them, I file them in this file box. I have it divided by category (main dishes, side dishes, salads, soups, desserts, etc.) and then one folder in the front that holds recipes I’ve tried, liked and want to write on a card for my recipe box. #thereinliestheproblem I NEVER get to write those recipes down! Not only that, but sometimes when I do get a chance to sift through the folders, I discover recipes that in the real world I’m probably not going to actually ever make, even if it sounds amazing.
So one project you can do from your seat, regardless of what your recipe storage method is, would be to organize your recipes! Go through them, toss (or delete) any that you don’t think you’ll make or maybe tried and didn’t love. Trying to eat better?? Maybe ditch all the recipes with processed ingredients and stick to whole, real food recipes. Then organize what’s left. If you put them on cards, like me, then transfer them to cards…whether by writing them down, typing and printing, or copying and pasting to print. When it’s time to plan meals, all the recipes will be in one place, you don’t have to waste time sifting through recipes you’ll likely never make, and in one little corner of your world you can feel clutter-free!
Sorting Digital Photos
My digital photos tend to pile up on my computer until sometime, maybe six months later, I finally sort through them all. Of course this takes for-EVUH, and if I ever need to find a photo it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Scheduling a monthly photo sort is a great way to stay on top of this. I organize our personal photos on an external hard drive by year and then month, so that they sort in order (ex. 2017-1, 2017-2, 2017-3…). I posted about my system here. Within each monthly folder, I may have additional folders for special events that have multiple photos, like the county fair, a wedding we attended, or a birthday party.
Another thing you can do from the comfort of your seat is to upload your pics…that way, when Shutterfly offers 101 free prints, you’re ready to submit that order! (I need to be better about this, too!)
Organizing Pinterest Boards
This was the most recent project I tackled. I’ve tried before, but as much as I love Pinterest, they haven’t yet made it easy enough for us super-organizing types to get our boards in order…especially with as many as I have! Dragging and dropping is easy enough, but when you have to drag a board from the lower end of your profile aaaaaaallllll the way up to the top it’s quite a process. The other day, though, when I just didn’t want to do much, I decided that I’d do that. It literally took me 2-3 hours, I think, but being an organizer and not having my own Pinterest profile not-so-organized was unacceptable. I put my boards in alphabetical order, except for a few that are more personal and not necessarily anything anyone else would find useful, and those went to the bottom. As I dragged-and-dropped the boards into place, I also consolidated some, deleted some, and I even went into a few and pared down the pins.
Some categories have tons of pins, so I break them down even further. Decorating, for example has subcategories, like Decorating: Accessories, Decorating: Lighting, Decorating: Kitchen. I do the same for food, holidays, and organizing.
While that’s something I’ve always done and I could see them alphabetically when I went to pin to one, anyone visiting my profile had to sift through every board because they weren’t in any order that made sense. I’d started many times, but sometimes they’d move back or the changes wouldn’t save, and after wasting quite a bit of time trying and failing, I’d give up. Happily, the changes stuck every time this time around, even though it was still really time consuming. As I tweeted recently, “I dream of a day when Pinterest boards can be organized in list view.” #firstworldproblems #ihaveadream
Well, there you have it! So the next time a lazy moment strikes but you just can’t bear to sit still doing nothing, get to work on one of these! As for our household organizing, I’m still slowly chipping away at it but time has not been my friend. A few of the evenings this week are busy and we have commitments all weekend. Things are coming along but I’m certain I’ll be taking my organizing plans into February. I should learn by now not to plan so much. 😉
It’s snowing here tonight so we’re praying for some good accumulation to play in! I’m sure if we do I’ll share on Instagram! Speaking of snow and cold, I also plan to share soon how I’ve been successfully supporting my body and immunity during this winter season! Stay tuned!