Just to show you how things go: last night I sat down with a Yankee Magazine from March/April 2015. LOVE this magazine, because it is all things New England and it takes me back to when my husband and I owned an Inn in New Hampshire about 10 years ago. You can read all about THAT here and here.
There is the cutest 2-page article entitled “Jeepers, We’re Keepers” and it gives a list of procrastinatin’ names we probably all suffer from! Like “Accumulitis” – how cute is that! It gives a description of all six. When you’re done reading this, be sure to pop over and see that article, you’ll laugh! 🙂
This month as you know, I’m getting my knitting together and doing basic office organization. The goal: a more streamlined workflow and an increase in all productivity! I can see it all coming together already!
Do you have knitting magazines? I mean, DO YOU HAVE KNITTING MAGAZINES? Like Vogue, Simply Knitting, Piecework, Love Knitting, Knit Simple, Creative Knitting, and all those yarn catalogs, too!
This way I can use niche tags to look for whatever I’ve labeled on the front of the organizers. And I love the colors too! 🙂
Here’s a little something for cleaning everything first.
This stuff is fabulous for cleaning electronics and all your gadgets, and for getting into all of the little crevices of your printer and other desktop items. It certainly beats cleaning the old-fashioned way; where your cloth can’t even get into the small places.
Here’s how to clean: start from the top down!
I love the OXO brand and they have a really nice Microfiber Extendable Duster.
This is great on furniture, blinds, walls, fans, lamps and lights and just about everything. It’s washable and don’t forget to clean your computer and laptop screens off with them, too.
Now here is something I’m really looking forward to getting! Remember that messy desk you saw in my previous post? This will SO help my paper explosions. Besides that I’m always writing notes to myself and starting new lists (don’t you?) that sit here, there and everywhere all over the place, very messy and very disorganized! Just ask my husband!
Speaking of disorganized . . . these will look nice and neat on my closet shelf. I have a lot of different knitting projects going at once, and to keep them from all rolling into one huge “cacophony of cockamanie clap-trap” (I LOVE that phrase — from The Odd Couple, and said by Howard Cosell) — they’ve been separated into shopping bags!
How awful is that! Now, I can put them within easy reach and see what I want to pick next! How nice is that! Organized!
I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say you have just as much knitting disorganization as I do. Papers and patterns you tear out of magazines or print from your computer, little notes you make to yourself so you KNOW what a certain something means. 😉
I’m a BIG fan of Evernote. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a FREE service which you can sign up for and drop ALL of your ideas, links, patterns, notes, and everything else in your life that matters! There are premium and business plans to buy, but for me, for now, the free version is more than I could ask for. If you like something you see online, you can copy and paste that link into Evernote.
Here’s the cool thing: you can sync your account across all of your devices. Laptop, tablet, smartphone, and you never have to SAVE a thing because it’s all automatic. Then wherever you go, you can see your Evernote stuff. Just download the app.
You can even pick it up as a Kindle download. Did you know you can also download the free Kindle for your PC? This way any book you see on Amazon for $2. or $3. — you can have it downloaded right there! And NO shipping costs. How cool is that!
All I know is: You’ll never lose notes or ideas again!
This should take care of a lot of my desk mess very nicely. In Evernote, you can easily use the SEARCH feature to find anything super fast. It’s clean, efficient and super organized! What a time saver!
Sterilite Large Flip Top Storage Boxes Set of 6. These are lifesavers for yarn and completed projects. Or magazines, recipes, knitting patterns, needles, accessories or clothes. Put away, out of sight out of mind.
I’ll finish organizing and rearranging my knitting space and home office . . . and decide if there are other things to purchase, too. This has been such fun, and I HIGHLY recommend it to you! Your brain will thank you for it!
So, for now, click through some of the links above and organize your life; knitting or otherwise!
As always, take your knitting to heart!