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December 30th, 2014, 12:39 AM
Do you put important things in "special places" only to find that you can't remember that special place? I do and currently my DH is tearing the house apart to find a few documents that he obviously put in a special place. It helps me know that my resolution to declutter and organize is a good one! I don't have a large house and we don't have much space, so it shouldn't be too difficult to do it. My main problem is plastic tubs of things that should probably be in filing cabinets, but there is no place for those -- bins fit in closets and under beds.

Anyway, just wanted to know if you all are in the organizing mood at the new year. I always am and obviously past resolutions haven't worked out so well. :icon_rolleyes:
Maybe this year, maybe this year...

December 30th, 2014, 12:41 AM
all the time, all the time
story of my life

Simply Quilting
December 30th, 2014, 12:48 AM
I use to be very organized. Now, it seems not so much. I've missed placed the foot pedal to my Kenmore. I know that it is in a shoebox that I thought was in the hall closet but it is not there. Thankfully, I do have other machines to sew on. With some stuff in storage, it seems like it is harder to find things. It seems weird but it is harder to find things as I use to know exactly where things were right down to what shelf. But everything has gotten moved around too much.

DH has been going through and cleaning out papers and did clean out the hall closet tonight. So I have more space to put my sewing stuff upstairs.

Grandma Nan
December 30th, 2014, 12:53 AM
Oh my I do this all the time. I am constantly looking for something that i just had or something that I had a special place for it so I wouldn't loose it. Yikes, growing older is not for the faint of heart.

December 30th, 2014, 12:56 AM
Totally in the same boat - need to regroup and re-organize. I know I have a box of Shout color catchers - I finally found it the last time I was looking for it and then moved it, now I can't find it again.....

Carrie J
December 30th, 2014, 01:00 AM
ROFL, yeah, story of MY life, I get the urge to organize and PFFFFFT forget where I put things too! Though must give the Hubs credit, he's meticulous with ledgers, so THIS time, he made a Master List. Now all I need to remember is NOT to redo, move, use and not put it back! HAH, wish me luck y'all! :D

December 30th, 2014, 01:04 AM
ROFL, yeah, story of MY life, I get the urge to organize and PFFFFFT forget where I put things too! Though must give the Hubs credit, he's meticulous with ledgers, so THIS time, he made a Master List. Now all I need to remember is NOT to redo, move, use and not put it back! HAH, wish me luck y'all! :D

What a great idea! Sometimes I reorganize and then can't find where something is because it isn't in the right pile. At work I "file by pile" and it works great! I've nearly gone paperless and it has really helped. Home needs the same treatment!

December 30th, 2014, 01:17 AM
MM put my Burmese Ruby and Diamond ring in a special place.....I asked him to put it in the safe and he has no clue where it is!!!

K. McEuen
December 30th, 2014, 01:22 AM
Mine is a "safe" place. So darn safe even I can't find it ... been doing that my whole life.

December 30th, 2014, 01:35 AM
You know, they have plastic totes that have tracks to hang file folders on. I have a few in different sizes and they are pretty handy. You will need to mark on the outside what is filed inside though. Here it's farm, work, or house. I am thinking about one for my quilting patterns that are too big for the photo box or that require larger templates.

The BEST thing I ever did when organizing was to label both ends and/or sides of the container. We have one of those p-touch jobs and it spits labels out just dandy. I have also used regular Scotch tape and a marked on that with a Sharpie. The tape will peel off if you need to change what's in the container.
If you use a sharpie on a Tupperware/Glad type container and need to change what you wrote, use a bit of degreasing dish detergent (Dawn) and that usually does the trick. If not, add a dab of baking soda.
I also added the ID badge holders to the wire bins that most of my fabric is in. I have them labeled with the fabric color or type that I would find in that bin. If I switch fabrics around it's fairly easy to slide out the old tag and replace it.

I found that the dollar store sometimes has the large ziptop bags that are good for storing everything from single projects to fleece and batting. They aren't quite as heavy as the Ziploc brand, but then again, they are only a dollar and you get 3 L, 2 XL, or 1 XXL for a buck.

One other thing. If you find a style of bin/container that you really like and works with your storage plans, buy as many as you can or will fit in that space. If you don't they WILL discontinue that size/style no matter how long they have carried it. Wanna ask me how I know?

December 30th, 2014, 01:39 AM
You are not alone. I always put stuff in a special place, a safe place.

Still can't find my original marriage certificate :)

Sylvia H
December 30th, 2014, 02:06 AM
Once, I didn't find the special place I had hidden a few small (thankfully) Christmas gifts until two years later!

December 30th, 2014, 02:37 AM
I love my PTouch label maker! A few years back I read Getting Things Done (by David Allen) and I've been following that ever since. It's a great system because it's not really a system but more of a mindset.

I use my label maker all the time. I label my bins with a really long label and wrap it around the corner of the bin, so the label can be seen no matter how I store the box.

I also have been stung by finding the perfect bin and not buy enough only to find out they don't make them anymore. I just hate that.

I'm a geek, so I use my computer and phone to store a lot of stuff. I got rid of my paper address book, paper calendar and appointment book. I have my recipes online, and my music too. I haven't had the nerve to get rid of my cookbooks and the actual CDs and vinyl. The cookbooks I'll probably never get rid of, but I did finally store my CD's in a bin.

The most important thing I have is my Emergency notebook, but I often call it my In Case I'm Dead book. :) It has all the important things in it. Copies of every card in my wallet, passport copy, where all my keys are and what they are for, codes for things, how many bank, insurance and stock accounts I have, and passwords to online accounts. What is my SSN? Where is my will and my birth certificate? What kind of health insurance do I have? What about life insurance? What is in my safety deposit box and where is the key? Where is the deed to the house, the car papers, the divorce decree, the tax papers for the farm? What kinds of annual payments (magazines, charities, online) do I have? All those questions can be answered in my notebook. After dealing with several widowed aunts and uncles with dementia and my mom's death, I realized I needed to write all this stuff down so my kids won't be in the dark.

Every year about this time I update my book.

December 30th, 2014, 02:53 AM
Snippet, that's a brilliant idea,, I think I'm going to steal it. After the passing of several relatives that we had to take care of, we bought our cemetery plot & headstone but that's about as much preplanning that we've done. I think the more you can do to help out your kids in case you die, the easier it will be for them at that awful time.
It should save me a lot of time & hassle too :)
I also use a couple of bins made for hanging files to store papers, with the files labeled with my handy P Touch. They work well because you can stick the in the closet, they don't take up too much space & are easy to move around when needed.

December 30th, 2014, 03:42 AM
Wonderful idea!
When my mom passed ('92), the first thing I had to do was to teach my dad how to write a check and balance the checkbook. She had always handled the finances. With all the "special" places my mother had, I found things my dad didn't even know about. Living 50 miles from my dad, it took me awhile to get my father "up and running" so to speak. Your Emergency Notebook is a fantastic idea!

December 30th, 2014, 04:59 AM
Thanks, it was a lifesaver for me with my aunts and uncles. One uncle kept his checkbook in the glovebox of his truck. I searched his house for it to pay bills that he had put in his 'special place' - the bottom shelf of the pantry. Why... I'll never know. My mom had some weird things too - locks for the storage shed in the back, a key to the gun cabinet. Oh gosh, her meds too.... I had to document those as well and her doctors that she saw.

There are a ton of sites with notebooks like mine set up: LiveStrong, Springwell, ElderCareTeam, USAA are some that I've bookmarked. If you want to download my basic files (blank of course!) go here:
Notebook Headers (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B92hmARBLSVtejJzWnZmWWF3a0k/view?usp=sharing)
What My Family Needs to Know (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B92hmARBLSVtT2Q4QWlNOHVuN2s/view?usp=sharing)

December 30th, 2014, 08:32 AM
I'm always looking for something..... My DH used to be the designated Fnder... He was like a bloodhound, and wouldn't 'to stop until he had found whatever it was I had misplaced..... I learned to NEVER mention that I couodn't find something when we needed to be somewhere.....

December 30th, 2014, 08:49 AM
I try so hard to be organized but I do the same thing. I will get in a hurry and stick something in a 'special' place and never see it again...lol!! Not long ago I pulled out the heels I wore when Jeff and I got married (7 years ago) and found a ring box with several of my best pieces of jewelry...in my shoe!!!!! It must have seemed like a 'special place' once upon a time.

December 30th, 2014, 08:52 AM
Last year I bought some earrings for my daughter and as I. Would be traveling for almost three months hid them. She is still waiting for her 2013 Christmas present.

December 30th, 2014, 09:35 AM
You are not alone. I always put stuff in a special place, a safe place.

Still can't find my original marriage certificate :)

Ah oh! I actually found my wedding certificate and license last year and put it in the fire safe. I realize that after 27 years no one questions if it is legal, but I thought my kids might like to see it someday!

December 30th, 2014, 09:45 AM
Thanks! I've downloaded your files and will start working on that. My 24 year old daughter has been hounding me to do this. She is super organized and has already done one and updates it regularly even though she and her new husband have almost no possessions! I appreciate all your advice and comments.

Iris Girl
December 30th, 2014, 09:46 AM
Mine is a "safe" place. So darn safe even I can't find it ... been doing that my whole life.

I so agree same here!

December 30th, 2014, 10:15 AM
Boy I am having more and more of those days and it really gets to me at times. I can see by all the post I am not alone. Even My daughter who is 50 is doing the same thing. What is going on with us?

December 30th, 2014, 10:41 AM
Thanks Carol, I've saved the 2 links to my favorites.
Since I am the paper pusher and financial person in this family, I started my own little notebook many, many years ago and every January I update it. Mine is just in a small notebook but it looks like this one would be a little easier for them to read if anything happens to me. The kids know where to go for my notebook but after looking at some of the information on the 2nd link, I suppose I could get a little more detailed for them.
I even have a separate file drawer for each of the kids. If they EVER move completely out, that file drawer will go with them. It holds their car insurance info., titles to their vehicles, shot records, medical stuff, school stuff, SS information, birth records, etc.
The hardest part is getting started. Once that's done, just update it every year.

December 31st, 2014, 02:21 AM
Since I retired I can only find our passports. I used to be able to tell you where the last straight pin was. Now? I could no more tell you where a pin was than I can tell you where my underwear is. It is shocking to my two children, and my oldest grandson-he is 7. He told me my walk in pantry was messy...which shocked me to no end. I have no idea what has happened to my house, but a change is in order. I will no longer live like this. It is embarrassing to me. My hubby is some one who doesn't see his three pair of shoes sitting in front of him. I am going to see if I can find the person that I used to be and bring here back home. It hurts me when my kids wince when they come in.

hubby has agreed that we will start a new plan and keep it. The plan will start with cleaning and sleeping. I would say don't hold your breath, but my nose is plugged already so that won't help.

January 6th, 2015, 04:19 AM
Be flexible -- realize that what has worked for 17 years may no longer work (re: storage). Maybe with change in hobbies, kids growing, etc.

Think outside the box re: storage -- Pinterest has great storage ideas for so many things and rooms in the house.

My personal favorites:

filing cabinets (files, scrapbooking paper and albums, copy paper, and new folders and notebooks),

wire cube shelving units (placed inside closets; easy to assemble at width/height needed),

over-the-door shoe pouches (cloth ones for shoes, clear plastic ones for cameras, chargers, camera/phone electronics manuals, etc. for each person in the house, sharpies, dry erase board markers and erasers, etc.),

hanging shoe holders that velcro over the closet poles are great for storing not only shoes, but winter hats/gloves/scarves, toilet paper rolls, paper towels, napkins, etc. -- just put one in the respective closet where those items are most needed.

ottomans that function as storage and coffee table or extra seating

Now ... where to put my increasing stash of fabric since I've started quilting?

Claire OneStitchAtATime
January 6th, 2015, 04:53 AM
Maybe also get a younger relative to help with the physical aspect of cleaning up? Sometimes I think as we age we get less organized because it's harder to deal with getting things off a high shelf, moving a file box, bending down to see into the back of the fridge, etc. -- your knees hurt, your back hurts, your rotator cuff isn't what it was, etc.

Good luck. An organized house is liberating. I used to have one, but the last few years have been so awful for us it has gone downhill a bit -- so many kind friends & relatives pitching in to help with chores has resulted in disarray. Now I keep finding things in closets & cabinets & thinking what is that doing there? But the answer is that I couldn't handle the household stuff myself and one of our supportive relatives did their best. By the time we were done with help, or example, there were four opened bottles of soy sauce in the fridge.

January 6th, 2015, 08:02 AM
It is a bit :icon_offtopic: as far as sewing related but my cousin, who lives in Ohio, sent me some buckeyes (chocolate and peanut butter). Never heard of them but they were oh so good. She sent about 2 1/2 dozen. We got them on christmas eve, our anniversary. By Sunday night there were 6 left. I scoffed down 3 and told hubby that the other 3 were his but "If you snooze, you lose." In this house, nothing lasts. So he took the last three with the tin, and hid them. Sigh..... that was a week ago. He still hasn't found them. :icon_hihi:

January 6th, 2015, 10:33 AM
Putting food in special places is dangerous! However, I do have a special place in my kitchen for food I don't want to share with my husband (who can not control himself around the yummy!). My kitchen is small enough and I'm consistent enough to not lose Scottish shortbread, my favorite thing to hide. :D

January 6th, 2015, 12:21 PM
Oh, this is the story of my life too! I cringe if someone asks me for something that I know I can't readily get my hands on. In some ways, I'm very organized (ex: all my spices are in alphabetical order, at work very organized) but not when it comes to home paperwork! Fortunately (and unfortunately), I save all my paperwork/receipts, etc. but I don't have a good filing system set up. So, I Know I have something, it's just which bin is it thrown in? Every year I vow to get it all organized but it hasn't happened yet! Prayerfully, maybe 2015! I will be totally converting my home office into my sewing room/partial office soon. I'm determined to have it organized from the get-go!

January 6th, 2015, 12:28 PM
ROFL, yeah, story of MY life, I get the urge to organize and PFFFFFT forget where I put things too! Though must give the Hubs credit, he's meticulous with ledgers, so THIS time, he made a Master List. Now all I need to remember is NOT to redo, move, use and not put it back! HAH, wish me luck y'all! :D

Well, he has the list of where it all belongs, so he can put it all away for you?? :)

January 6th, 2015, 12:56 PM
Same saying around our house,"It's in a safe place, so safe we can't find it."

Carrie J
January 6th, 2015, 02:01 PM
ROFL, am at the Dr's office with the iPad, can you say "addicted to the Forum"? So forgive my iPad's interpretive and rather amusing errors if any. Rearranged the sewing room so I'D have the windows, lotsa grousing from the Hubs on that, but told him he'd be by the heat vent. Bwahahaha! Hope this Doc gets him back out here soon, I want to FINISH it up, then make a list of what I CAN'T find, LOL! AND to start sewing................Thankfully, the filing cabinet just got moved, as did my bookcase. Hoping there weren't any Gremlins that decided to grab something and run/hide with items I need! Heck, I even locked the filing cabinet...................where did I put that key?

January 6th, 2015, 10:29 PM
So many good ideas! My brain doesn't think that way.

January 7th, 2015, 12:13 PM
If I had all of the time back I have spent looking for items I've tucked somewhere safe. I started writing on the central family calendar in the kitchen any time I put something away for safe keeping. At least then I have a central spot to start the search. As soon as I hear myself say that is a great place to store whatever I know I am in trouble if it doesn't get written on the calendar. I also started a folder in the kitchen for important papers I will need to access in the near future-tickets, gift certificates, gift cards for friends and family. I have started using Outlook calendar to keep track of where I put gifts I have made/bought on the birth date of the person. Having said this if you can tell me where my manual is for my serger I would love to have it. I had to buy a PDF of it which is not as handy but better than none. Have learned a lot from this thread.

Kim T
January 7th, 2015, 03:58 PM
I too am in the same boat and need to get organized. However, whenever I think to start it becomes overwhelming. I was watching Peter Walsh on one the morning shows and he said to commit to 10 minutes a day for 31 days and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish. That is what I am doing and makes me feel like I am accomplishing a lot.