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50 Weeks to Organized: Week 17



I start this post with two warnings: one, you will see that it is self-evident from the pictures below that my hubby and I have a teensy little problem when it comes to buying movies, and two, there are no “before” pictures (mostly just because to the regular eye, you probably wouldn’t see much difference).

But, of course, that’s where your eye would be wrong.

You see, before, our movies were thrown every which way into a haphazard array of genres, leading actors, purposes, etc.

But no more, friends.

We now have specialized sections dedicated to:
*our t.v. series (yes, we DO in fact own all the seasons of Big Bang Theory and Psych)
*our movies for different purposes (church movies, exercise tapes, language-learning DVDs, etc.)
*one (whole!) shelf dedicated to Matt’s “man” movies, which includes such titles as The Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Lord of the Rings, etc., AND
*four (whole!) shelves dedicated to my chick flicks (or rom com, if you prefer the new-fangled way of putting things), including entire sections devoted to leading actresses (Sandra Bullock has an entire half-shelf!)

Yeah, we definitely have an issue. (And it’s NOT just the fact that I basically nonverbally refuse to watch any of Matt’s “man” movies.)

Quick Stats for the Week:

# of Items Tossed/Donated: 2
Description of Items Tossed: one movie that proved too crude for our taste, and one duplicate
# of Items Left to Toss/Donate Before Dec. 31st: 257
Amount of Money Spent this Week on Organizing: $0 (although we did spend $7.99 on a new movie…whoops!)


For next week’s project, I’m once again falling prey to the organizational task at hand that seems to be screaming at me with the loudest voice:

My Workspace (a.k.a. The Teacher Desk)

It has literally gotten to the point where my desk could justifiably be considered a fire hazard, not to mention an assignment-eating monster that has only half-digested the last month’s worth of homework assignments.

This could get ugly, folks.

This Week’s To-Do List:

*Throw out all pens, highlighters, and markers that no longer work or that bleed, and sharpen all pencils.
*Gather all small desk items (post-it notes, paper clips, thumbtacks, etc.) and store them in a drawer organizer.
*Remove all personal items such as pictures from the desktop and hang them on a wall or bulletin board to free up valuable desk space.
*Clear off everything else that is left on the desk and give it a good scrubbing.
*Place the electronics that are the most used (printer, fax, etc.) within easy reach of desk chair
*Set up an organizational system for such things as Incoming Assignments/Mail, Outgoing (Graded) Assignments, To Do, To File, etc.
*Sort up all papers that were on your desk previously into one of those sections, and recycle all papers that are no longer needed
*Go through To Do pile and deal with it all NOW. If it’s something that’s been perpetually put off for “later,” reconsider the project.
*Toss all odds and ends in your desk drawers that are not useful or that you no longer need
*Empty recycle bin

*All to-do lists and cleaning suggestions are taken from and/or inspired by Jennifer Ford Berry’s book Organize Now. (This is NOT a sponsored project–I just adore the book! I highly recommend buying a copy for yourself. It literally is what inspired this whole project and is worth the money. Check it out here.)
And, just for your info, I think I’ll permanently be moving my organizational posts to the weekends (at least for now) to free up my week for, well, work.

So, for this next week, let’s see that we get our workspaces in order, shall we? Who’s with me?!


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