The Bride of the First House (bride) wrote,
The Bride of the First House

Friday Five - Personal Organization

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1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?

Yes. Insanely so. You need to see my drive partitions. You need to see the directory structure of each drive. You need to see the hierarchy of my bookmarks in my browsers. You need to see my personal budgetting spreadsheet formulas.

You need to see my desk at home. You need to see my 4 drawer filing cabinet. You need to see all the colour coded folders in it — bad boys run off yelling garbage but valiant gentlemen won't tell, good Sir =D 10 Geek Points for getting that one.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?

I used to when I was in University, but not anymore. I've found that I don't need one anymore because I'm almost always at near a computer with net access. I e-mail notes to myself and I use an online calendar with e-mail reminders. And for the times that I'm not, my cell phone can act as a temporary storage area for notes.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?

Pretty much, yes. And I have e-mail filters up the wall and down the other side.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?

Most of my music is in MP3s on my harddrive, so I name them all a certain way and they get auto-sorted by whatever criteria I choose. One of my on-going/never-finishing projects was a db-backend-web-frontend for our VHS movie collection. But since we don't care about VHS anymore, that's fallen off the radar. Our DVDs are sorted like Oracle INSERTs... roughly by purchase date order, but no guarantees. =)

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?

One-time Deal: My wedding.

Ongoing: Clothes.

I just can't do it. I can't figure out a good system for sorting and storing my clothes. I have a 6-drawer armoire all to myself, a shared closet and encroaching on Husband Guy's gigantic armoire (just the bottom drawer... for now). And I still have polycotton stalagmites all over the bedroom.

The only good thing that comes out of that is when some of the clothes get lost for long stretches of time and I throw it in the laundry, then wear it, people think it's brand new =D =D =D Hey, works for me.

Every year or so, I go through the regular stuff and if I haven't touched that item in the last few months, it gets blue bagged and carted off to the BC Cancer Society. That helps the stalagmite problem.

I have a quasi-system already. I've taken care of the Widowed Socks issue, once and for all. I can deal with the Summer/Winter Wardrobe problem. I just need to work out the Between Seasons issue, Between Laundry issue, and the solution to the Lost/Forgotten Clothes issue should fall out as a corollary.

I need a system that deals with clothes that have been worn once or twice, but still clean enough to not need laundering yet. I try not to wear the exact same thing two days in a row. Unless I'm really fed up and couldn't give a rat's ass. But that means I need something for clothes in this state.

I may be the only Dork on the face of the planet whose daily wardrobe system involves Rational Rose, stack pointers and Bugzilla.


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