Notes from a Nester: A Most Unusual Nester… Feb25

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Notes from a Nester: A Most Unusual Nester…


a blogumn by Debra Barlow

I was at a bit of a loss this week as I sat down at the computer.  Nothing is really going on to inspire a column.  I baked some more bread and it turned out better, but still not perfect.  I’ve started using a new organic laundry detergent, but I haven’t been using it long enough to have a useful product review.  All the material I have these days centers around working all the time on tough production deadlines and having no time to think, let alone cook and clean. 

nestSo I Googled ‘nesting’…

Since I’m not a homeowner, a professional decorator, a pregnant woman or a mother… it seems like I don’t fit into what Google seems to think nesting is all about.  I would perhaps like to be one or all of those things when I grow up, but right now I’m just a young working wife who really likes household gadgets.

I also like organizing, but like a lot of people, I don’t really have the time to commit to organizing my house on the level that I’d like it to be.  If I had my way, everything would be labeled to within an inch of its life. As it is, I’m a little anal about how my kitchen is put together.  My husband learned long ago that he should never help unload groceries b/c I will just take everything out and put it back myself.  Canned goods must be organized by type, with the oldest can towards the front.  Every shelf has designated things it can hold.  Put the rice on the shelf meant for soup and I have to take it all out and reorganize.  I even went through and organized my refrigerator by condiment variety. 

Outside the kitchen, it’s a different story.

Stacks of bills to be filed, old cards, photos to be sorted, receipts all sit stacked on my kitchen table and desk.  But they are in very specific piles.  Each weekend before I clean the house, I tackle the new piles that have accumulated over the week.  Sometimes, I never make it past the kitchen table and cleaning takes a back seat to sorting through mail, magazines, grocery store circulars and old newspapers.  I fantasize about taking a week off work and just organizing the entire house, head to toe.  But I know that if I ever took that week off, I’d probably find a lot of things I’d rather do than file and label.  It’s probably just time to come to terms with my variety of organized chaos.

Are you organized?  Do you have any tips for staying on top of the piles?  Or have you just learned to live with the chaos?