Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Costs of disorganization

I keep finding myself paying the price, financial and otherwise, for being chaotically disorganized.
I've had to pay late fees on bills frequently during the past six months.
I just paid $26 extra dollars to sign my son up for the SAT.
Yesterday it was $32 in library fines.
I lose hours each week just searching for things.
We aren't eating as well as we could be.

The problem is that I need some time to get organized, but there is always something more urgent. The overwhelmingness of this move has taken me by surprise. I've made state-to-state moves with small children that didn't leave me in this kind of chaos. Maybe that was easier because moving was, in itself, a break. I didn't move and continue to work and do my regular activities. And I guess I didn't do all of that and plan a wedding and have to work on rehabbing a house at the same time, either. So, I guess I can see how I got here.

But looking ahead, I don't see a break coming. I don't see a chance to catch up. There is Thanksgiving. There are cookies to be baked the week after (about 30 dozen.) There is Christmas shopping, house guests, and--oh yeah--this is one of the busy times at church/work.

Somehow, I have to figure it out, because I can't continue in the disorganized state that I'm in.


Susan said...

Right now, I'm looking at how I'm barely keeping up (healthwise) with the basics of job and home. I look at December's calendar, with doctor appointments and church and a trip to O'Hare and a trip to Mankato, and it seems completely impossible. And then if I start adding in things like decorating and gift-shopping and baking, I might as well just crawl into bed with antibiotics right now, and sleep through the next month.

Elephantschild said...

*hugs* The summer you've had and the move you've done would tax even the most OCD, organized, control-freak person.

Elephantschild said...

In other words, don't be too hard on yourself.

Adriane said...

I am going to start following you around and every time somebody asks you for something or to do something, I'm going to yell, "NO!" before you even get a chance to answer. That should help, yes? (The answer to that is "NO!")

Elephantschild said...

Adriane, I've threatened before to take her car keys away. Of course, now she can walk everywhere.... ;-)