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The cost of being disorganized

January 22nd, 2007 at 06:06 pm

I have spent the last few months trying to de-clutter my house. I have never considered myself a pack rat, but I think the problem is laziness - I am too lazy to get rid of things we don't need. I started out with the easy things - my cookbooksrecipes, my cothes closet, bathroom closets... Well now I HAVE to tackle our home office since it is nearing tax time. We have a small home buiness that we started in 2006 and I am bound and determined to figure out how to do the taxes by myself - I have an accounting degree (that I don't currently use...) for god's sake - I should be able to figure it out. My record keeping has been minimal at best for our business in 2006 - so I think I am going to start the year from scratch. It really shouldn't be a huge deal since the business probably only averaged about 10 transactions a month.

I have PILES of paper in my office so I thought the first step would be to sort those. I created 4 piles - File, Read, Act, Toss. Going through the papers I realized I had crap back from 2003 - I can't believe that was the last time I filed! I guess it makes since - that is when our 1st DD was born - I just haven't had the desire to do anything since.

Anyway - here is the costs of me being disorganized (besides spending an entire Sunday going through papers).

1. I found a $30 amazon gift certificate taht expired December 2006. I was hoping the expiration date wouldn't really matter, so I tried using it last night and was denied.

2. I have lost a few utility bills for 2006. I THINK I can deduct part of our utilities since we have a home business. We should be able to at least deduct internet since we didn't have that expense before the business.

3. My DH wanted to pull the girls in a sled around the house yesterday. We both swear we purchased a sled last year, but we could not find it anywhere. Luckily he decided to build a snowman instead so the missing sled has not cost us anything... yet.

4. Snowpants for our youngest DD - I know we had a pair when my oldest was this age, but we can't find them anywhere. We haven't replaced them yet - hoping we can just live with it this winter.

5. I lost my wedding ring - it has been missing for about 2 weeks. Granted, it is just a wedding band - no diamonds or anything fancy - just a silver band, but it is also pricless to me. I am still on the hunt for it - I haven't given up yet.

I will continue to make progress in my organizing skills - maybe I will check out a book at the library for pointers, since I have been disoranized (lazy) most of my life.

2 Responses to “The cost of being disorganized”

  1. princessperky Says:

    I found the same sort of problem when I got serious about decluttering. I have friends who think I am naturally clean, but for those that know me well, I find it hard to figure out how to clean for all the 'stuff' around.

    I actually subbed to Flylady.net, read all the decluttering emails and now while there is still too much stuff, most of it is my husbands, and some lax on my part, but lax since christmas now, not since my oldest was born (he will be 5 in April)

    If you sub, you get to start decluttering practice on her email barrage! (I unsubbed, I have enough practice deleting the junk from friends now)

  2. denisentexas Says:

    "If you sub, you get to start decluttering practice on her email barrage!"

    Baahahahaha, I agree with that! I joined Flylady in 2002, I think, and lasted about 6 months before I finally gave her list up. I kept many of her practices and found that they really helped me in the organization dept but I can't handle all that email! I get too much as it is. I did start my own FLYing group for people in this part of Texas, though, and it's near and dear to me.

    Cutting back definitely has costs though. Kudos to you for at least attempting to get organized! Keep it up. Smile

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