Organized minds are relative to the person whose mind it is. I’ve studied this and pondered it much. While I cannot speak for others’ minds, I can for my own.
When it comes to organization, for me it requires convenience. Convenience equals efficiency. Efficiency equals speed of access. To say that everything I own is stored conveniently, efficiently and has speedy access would be a lie. But, if I’m to be organized it has to be in such a way that I will return an item to its rightful place.
Organized minds have organized systems that work for them, but not necessarily everyone else.
My Side of the Bedroom
My side of the bedroom has got very unorganized. That’s largely because I don’t have a usable system of storage. (The same is true in my office and studio.)
Here’s Brent’s organized mind 101:
Out of sight = out of mind. I’m a visual person and things stored out of my sight are quickly forgotten.
If I use it frequently, it should be in arm’s reach, in sight, easy to get. In a 4-drawer dresser I seldom open anything below the top two drawers. On a bookshelf, I seldom look at the bottom two shelves or the top shelf. Grocers get this concept. Why do you think they put the stuff they want you to buy on those shelves that are between waist and shoulder height?
A drawer that isn’t compartmentalized quickly becomes a junk drawer. The same is true with a bag or box.
L.I.F.O. My brain is a LIFO queue. (That’s last in, first out.) If I create a stack of important papers, the ones on the top are the most recent, and the ones on the bottom the oldest. I think chronologically.
Today’s Daunting Task
Today’s daunting task was organizing my side of the bedroom. The question is, will I be able to find anything tomorrow?
We are receiving much needed rain. The ground is so dry the rain just soaks in to the dry soil. It really came down hard this morning, yet, the dirt remains dry looking.
After a big thundershower, it drizzled throughout the day. I’m not complaining because we need the rain. My lawn needs the rain. It may be too late for my tomatoes, but I hope this perks them up too.
My office organization attempts failed. I don’t know what it is about my brain, but organizing objects is not my strong point. If I put A, B and C together, I later get frustrated because I need A, D and E together which breaks up A, B and C. The same would be true if I started out with A, D and E, at some point I would want A, B and C.
I also like things easy to reach. I think most people do, and that’s why their sock drawer is at the top of the dresser. Socks are one of those things you reach for often. Putting an often used item in the bottom drawer is a frustration.
If I were rich I’d hire a person whose only job would be to fetch something from where it is always stored, and then replace it when I’m done. You might ask why I don’t do that. It’s a time thing. You come home from an appointment and you don’t have time to unpack your bag. Then, after the next appointment, you forget you haven’t unpacked your bag. It’s a vicious cycle. What can I say?
Today is the First Monday Event and 4 friends came over where we stat around and photographed flowers. This was more of an exercise in doing time exposures with flashlights, but flowers make a great subject.
Rose Lit by LEDs
The nice things about photographing flowers inside are 1) you don’t have to contend with the wind. Even the slightest breeze will interfere with your picture, and 2) you can photograph from the comfort of a chair. No fussing around with trying to get to the right height to shoot the flower.
So, it was a successful First Monday. I’m enjoying the results of my flower pictures.
Elizabethe and I talked to a lady from Children Awaiting Parents. They are looking for photographers to voluntarily photograph the children. This goes right along with an idea I’ve had about starting a non-profit organization that would coordinate with photographers and adoption agencies to provide high quality portraits for the orphans’ file. While it would be quite an undertaking, it would be a worthy cause.
The lady took us around their office and showed pictures other photographers have done. She went down the list of the photographers they’ve used, and I didn’t recognize a single one of them. That aside, I think I can help promote the idea and get some high-quality photographers involved.