Organizing the Blues

Organizing the Blues

By, Mrs. Devora Farrell   It happens to the best of us, some more than others.  Those days when it’s just a bit harder to get out of bed, the day’s activities punctuated by a sigh, food just doesn’t have much flavor.  If it can be tied to a specific circumstance, if it’s temporary, we are relieved.  Maybe we indulge for a few days and then move on. What if we can’t? What if it’s relentless, or lasts longer than we anticipate?  I’m not a Rabbi, but I’m a big fan of spiritual guidance.  I’m not a therapist, but I’m a big fan of therapy.  I’m not a doctor, but I’m a big fan of appropriate medication dispensed appropriately. What is your part? As is a common refrain in my columns, there is no “one size fits all,” when it comes to organizing, or to most other things.  As is another common refrain in my columns, many rough edges of life can be smoothed by a plan.  It is much harder to cobble one together during difficult days than it is in anticipation of them.  What’s the worst case scenario?  The plan does not work adequately, or perfectly, or at all.  How is that worse than not having a plan to begin with? If you’re like me, and tend toward down days (or weeks or months), there are things that I can do that help me get through them, and hopefully, shorten their duration (and sometimes, prevent them from starting).  Here’s the list I’ve come up with over the years.  The numbering is just for ease of organization, not...
Summer Simplicity

Summer Simplicity

By, Mrs. Devora Farrell Ask the Organizer   I love summer!  The longer days give me hope that I will really have time for everything I want to do, every hill I want to climb, every goal I want to achieve…and no homework.  This gap of time feels so malleable and filled with potential.  Here are some de-cluttering tips for getting the most out of this time of year. This is not the time to attack the attic or garage, unless your air conditioning extends that far Amazon is your friend. For those people who have children, take care of ordering bathing suits (I recommend 2 per child to allow for adequate air-drying time between wearings – putting them in the drier can decrease the elasticity of the fabric), swimming towels (you may be able to get away with one per family member because probably not everyone will need them simultaneously), and Croc-style pool shoes If possible, buy multiples of the same swimming towel, or at least all in the same color family so that they can all be washed/dried in the same load or two Rinse or wash bathing suits between wearings, especially if the pool is chlorinated so that the colors will be more likely to remain vibrant Keep a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag for wet bathing suits and a plastic grocery bag for wet towels in each child’s camp bag to keep other camp items from getting damp Have snacks/supper ready for the children in advance of their return home; this way, they will be more likely to eat healthfully when they return from camp famished...