My life just got better. I happened across a book in the library that I devouredÂ as if itÂ was a lemon ice box pie.
It caught my eye as I wasÂ still fumingÂ because I couldnâ€™t find my favorite dress. I call it my lucky dress because good things always happen when Iâ€™m wearing it.
How does a dress justÂ disappear?
I looked in every closet, under every piece of furniture and in the laundry room. Itâ€™s just gone. I even looked in the car but I canâ€™t imagineÂ taking it off Â there unless I was sleep walking.
Iâ€™m thinking the dress was feeling so overworked that it just got up in the night and snuck off.Â
Looking for inspiration, I headed to the public library. This fabulous book that saved my sanity is Julie Morgensternâ€™s â€śOrganizing from the Inside Out.â€ťÂ She is a genius, and Iâ€™veÂ begunÂ incorporating her program into my life.
Did you know that Americans waste nine million hours per day searching for misplaced items? The Wall Street Journal reports that the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information.Â You canÂ figure that an aging baby boomerÂ wastes roughly twice that amount of time because she canâ€™t remember where the bathroom is located.
Itâ€™s way more complicated than this, but in a nutshell, Morgensternâ€™s system calls for you to begin by creating one clutter-free room in which you keep nothing but items you use and love.Â If the experience feels good, create another room like that.Â Move all the â€śrejectsâ€ť to a single room as you go, and you can decide later what to do with the â€śjunkâ€ť thatâ€™s left.
I started my program in the kitchen because that is the most unorganized room in the house. There is no rhyme or reason to how I stash my pots, pans and small appliances. I stuff things where ever they seem to fit. Wrong, says Morgenstern. You should create â€śstationsâ€ť for each activity and group like things together.
When Iâ€™m cooking, I will circle my center island about 20 times trying to pull together everything I need.Â I feel like I just took a ride on the Merry Go Round half the time, and that perpetual dizzy look on my face doesnâ€™t reflect my IQ at all.
This morning IÂ attacked my spice cabinet.Â TuckedÂ behindÂ threeÂ tins of poultry seasoning, I found a can of white spray paint Iâ€™ve been searching for since last Christmas.
Now to tackle my pantry, and hopefully the rest of the house before football season sets in.
I thought I was well on my way to getting organized until today.Â My day planner noted the â€śOrganizationâ€ť book was due back at the library. I combed the house looking for it and it is just gone.Â Iâ€™m wondering if it ran away with my lucky dress and they are in Tahiti having a lovely time without me.
Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement.Â She welcomes comments at http://www.deludeddiva.com.