I am Joe's keys. My silver finish is rubbed off to expose brass, and I am slightly bent from having been used as a screwdriver when Joe couldn't find his toolbox.
I'm supposed to be hanging on a little hook by the door or nestled comfortably in Joe's pocket, but I spend most of my time in the laundry room. I'm there because Joe forgets to take me out of his pocket. Sometimes, I'm under the newspaper on the kitchen table, and I have spent a few nights in the fridge. Life is never dull when you're with Joe!
Joe is organizationally challenged.
I could help Joe get organized, but he won't listen to me. Of course, I can't talk. I'm Joe's keys, not his larynx. But, if I could talk, this is what I would tell him:
Find a place for your things to live.
Joe's checkbook lives in a specific cubbyhole. His can opener was living with his checkbook, but they didn't really get along very well. Can opener now lives in a nice little rental near the microwave. She seems to be happier there and you should see what she has done with the place!
I have a place to live, too, but most of the time Joe forgets to put me there.
Organize things in a way that makes sense to you.
Another big help in getting your stuff together and remembering where you put it is to keep items that are usually used together at least close to each other. Joe has a can opener by the stove and this other one that just recently took up residence near the microwave.
There was a logical reason why the can opener was living with the checkbook, but I can't remember what it was. But then, isn't that always the case? We move in with someone, and, before you know it, you can't remember why you did it, except that it seemed like a good idea at the time and you had already picked out furniture and stuff....
Color code everything that you can.
Here on the keyring, Joe has these little rubber things that go around the top of each key. Each one is a different color. Very cool. Color works for other things, too. Use different colored boxes, folders, envelopes, and computer disks for everything. You want bright colors that really stand out so you can still seem them when you shut your eyes to remember.
Use the trash can.
The best organizational tool you can get is a trash can. It's amazing how much stuff piles up. And remember — more piles only means that I get buried more often. Go through all of this potential landfill material. Be merciless. Remember: OHIO — Only Handle It Once. Pick it up, decide what to do with it, then do it, especially if what you have decided to do with it is to throw it away.
Remember: Don't throw away your keys.