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The Importance of Organization – How One Little Change Set the Tone For My Day

May 21, 2010 · 15 comments

in Home & Garden

In January, we decided to buy a new washer and dryer. Since we were getting new appliances, we decided to clean out and paint our laundry room.  This was not an easy task, as we have all the sporting equipment in the laundry room, along with countless pairs of snow pants, boots, and more.    To prepare for painting, we also took down the rack for hanging clothes and some hooks.

Flash forward a couple months later and everything has been put back together for awhile now. (I love my washer and dryer by the way.)   However, there is one thing missing…the little hook that was on the wall that I used to put my keys on when I walked in the door.  It was just one of those cheap plastic hooks made by Scotch, and I didn’t realize how important it was to me, until the other day.

I was rushing around to get ready, like usual, and was on my way out the door to meet up with a friend.   I was still on automatic pilot and walked into the laundry room to stare at the hook to find my keys.  Of course, they were not there, as that hook had never been replaced.  I tore the house up to find those keys, and it took forever.  I had to call my friend to tell her I was running late and had to embarassingly admit it was because I couldn’t find my keys!  I was stressed because I knew she would just be sitting there, waiting for me.  Finally, after 30 minutes and 50 new gray hairs, the keys were located on the table, under a book.  It really impacted my day for the worse, and it made me realize how truly important organization is.  I swore right then and there that I would make a duplicate of my car key (I still haven’t done it) and would get a new hook up the next day.  Instead, guess what happened?  Three days later, I couldn’t find my keys again.  I am a glutton for punishment. I have since come up with a new system that seems to be working, at least for now.  I still plan on buying that hook when I am at the store next, assuming I remember.

In retrospect, I found it really interesting how just one little change affected my routine.  I had no idea how dependent I was on that one little hook.

Have you ever made a small change in your home that made a big difference, either good or bad?  Please share!

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Budgeting in the Fun Stuff May 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm

When we moved into our house, we put a small wicker basket at the end of the countertop – it’s for keys and cell phones. I think we’d go crazy if we didn’t have that little basket now. In our old places, we were constantly trying to remember where we dumped our stuff…


Kris May 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

BFS – I think you should move that wicker basket for a week and then live my life of confusion. 🙂

I need a wicker basket!


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff May 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Email me your address and I’ll send you one. I think they’re at the dollar store, lol. 🙂

Honestly though, I’d go with a plastic tub instead of a wicker basket…the basket is so cheap that is “sheds” little pieces of wood…


The Wealth Artisan May 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

One of the best things I’ve ever done is placed a little cellphone caddy on my night stand. I keep a bunch of little odds and ends in it which would ordinarily be strewn across the entire night stand. It takes a mess and makes it look orderly. Additionally, I have a place to lay a book, or to place a glass!

It was only about $10.00-$20.00 but it has paid back a million times over in retained sanity from pushing a bunch of loose odds and ends around (many times falling behind the nightstand!). Before I leave the house each day I go down my little checklist of things I must have which are: Phone, Wallet, Watch, and Keys. I always check!

Wealth Artisan Team Member


Kris May 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

You aren’t kidding about the small investment in an organizational item paying off in sanity. I could spend a thousand dollars on that new hook and still feel like it was a deal!


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