Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Dear Old Santa

It all started when I decided to simplify Christmas. I even bought a book about it. After it sat on my desk for a few days, unread, I put it on the soon to be read shelf, but I was afraid I'd forget about it. So I decided to consolidate all the unread organization/simplification books into one section. That involved rearranging the bookshelf.

The organization process.

Noticing what a fabulous selection of unread books I had, I decided to read one. It was full of suggestions about organizing files for everything you want to do. "Wow!" I thought. "Wouldn't Christmas be simplified if I pre-wrote a blog for every day before Christmas?" The book inspired me . . . I just needed some files.

My new file shelf.

The files looked cool and organized, but they were empty. If I just reorganized my old file cabinet Christmas Drawer, I'd have great material to put in my new files.

The simplification process.

One part of the file cabinet held I bunch of stuff I decided I wanted to scan. Wouldn't it be great if all the pre-written Christmas blogs had pre-scanned images? I just needed somewhere to collect my new collection.

Hmmm...This might not be so simple.

So now, I've simplified and organized myself into complicated chaos. And of course I've had to put off writing all those poetic Christmas blogs. I've got a room to reassemble.

Digging through some stacks today, I found my December To Do list, printed on cute Christmas paper. Suddenly I remembered how I had planned my Christmas celebrating so systematically back in October, with a few chores scattered among days filled with music and tranquility. It was all going to be so simple.


diane said...

This sounds a bit too familiar. It all started when we moved the four poster bed downstairs. Next we moved the office into the old guest room. Now I have three rooms of chaos and guests on the way. Why didn't we just wait to rearrange the house until the new year?!

Christie said...

I can totally relate. Once I start something big, I realize all the other big things I need to do. I think it's called organizing ADD. You're in good company.

marta said...

mom, i love you for this. i know only one person who is so organized in her chaos. happy christmas. i have a little elf who'd be happy to help pull things off shelves. good luck.

the wrath of khandrea said...

christie said it best... organizing ADD. i have it, but luckily i move every three years, so my stuff is almost always organized. i fear the day we stop moving, however... when i'm allowed time to put down roots. i can only imagine the chaotic directions in which they will spread.

Heffalump said...

Ha! I have never had a Christmas that felt simple, even when I tried to simplify!

Misty said...

Who knew simplifying could be so complicated? Good luck! And if these latest amazing posts are your substitutes for your amazing planned poetic Christmas posts, we're all in for a treat next year. :)

Diane said...

If you give a mouse a cookie... or an Oma an organizational idea...

I laughed so hard at your post. I've lived it myself too many times to count. The best is a binder with an entire years worth of cleaning organization to simplify my life. It has gathered dust at the side of my bed for six months now.