At the weekend, the children and I headed out to a local Messy Church event whilst Damian got on with some painting in Mr H’s bedroom. Mr D and Miss E enjoy this as they get to play board games, make some crafts and get some food!
I had Mr H on my back in the Ergo and as I was tending to Mr D who was asking me to help him with something a gentleman commented that I was ‘obviously very capable’. I laughed and asked what he meant, and he remarked how I was seeing to one child whilst the other was on my back looking around. When I pointed out I had Miss E too he was even more surprised.
A little later on another person commented about how close in age the children were and said ‘wow – you make it all look so effortless.’ I’m not sure I do, but the key to getting out and about is, for me at least, being organised.
Organisation is something that has always been there with me. I can remember as a child organising books by author and size. My CDs were organised by genre, then year of release. When I went into work I was ruthlessly organised; I had to do lists, a diary and always made sure I knew what was happening and when on the various projects I was involved in. I had paperwork filed away for ease of reference and I was generally known as a bit of an organiser and I certainly enjoyed the roles where I was mostly in charge of organising stuff – it’s something that I think probably comes quite naturally to me.
When I was studying I made sure important dates were noted down in diaries and that all notes and books were safely in one place. Even as I’m now studying Spanish I still gather my notes together and keep everything reasonably organised so I know where to refer to for help.
Damian might say I’m a bit messy in some parts – he says that I like to make piles of things – piles of clothes to go away, piles of books to read, piles of stuff to move to somewhere else. I tell him that he likes to hoard things. He takes an age to get rid of stuff – magazines and bits of paper can hang around for months on end and it drives me mad. I suspect I am the more ruthless of the two of us in getting rid of ‘stuff’. I don’t like to hang on to things ‘just in case’.
I had to smile when I spotted the infographic at the end of this post from furniture-work.co.uk as the description of Damian (Taurus) was pretty spot on. When I first met him he really did have a filing system that rivalled the rest of the office! Mine, Sagittarius, isn’t quite as accurate though. I think I am generally pretty organised and I definitely don’t hoard…. although I guess if you look at the groaning book cases in the house you might be persuaded to think otherwise! There’s definitely some things I hold onto, mostly things of sentimental value…. and they’re all stored in an ordered fashion, of course.
What do you think – is this accurate for your star sign? Do you think being organised is something that comes easier to some than others? Being organised definitely helps with the children and in terms of us getting out easy and on time!
This post is in collaboration with Furniture at Work