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As a Meetup organizer, do I need to reply to this email?

For the last few months, I've organized a monthly meetup (through Meetup.com) for networking among people in my profession who live in my small town. For the first few months, only two others showed up. A few more people showed up in the past few months, but not all at the same time, so it's generally been two to three people, but always including one of the original women. She's extremely high-maintenance given the context, and I think she just dropped out of the group, and I'm unclear how I should response, or even if I should respond. [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

I'm good at certain things. What cool stuff can I do with these skills?

These skills come intuitively to me: organizing things (email, shelves, boxes, etc.), spatial perception (navigation, fitting things into other things, rough estimations of length, etc.), and paying attention to detail. What cool things can I do with some or all of these skills? [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Dec 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Flash, I Love You, But We Only Have Eight Hours to Clean the World!

I'm devoting tomorrow to battling entropy and getting my house back to a mostly-clean state. What's going to give me the biggest bang for my buck in that time period? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Nov 10, 2014 - 32 answers

Back in NYC after years of working, now in need of organization help

After four years of working for film festivals in various cities, and another few years living and working at a private school, I've come back to New York City to get my Master's while living at la maison famille. But nearly everything I own other than my clothes and my laptop is in boxes, either in my family's house or in storage. Some of those boxes haven't been opened since 2004. What I have now is a three part challenge, and if you can help with any part I'd be grateful. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta on Aug 30, 2014 - 3 answers

How to beat new-parent isolation

I'm a few months out from having my first kid. I'll be staying home to care for the child for at least the first year, and the thing that scares me the most is how many parents who did the same thing report feelings of isolation and loneliness. How can I minimize this in my life? [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Aug 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Where can I find organizing and group facilitation training?

I've recently assumed a role that calls on me to do some serious community-building and group facilitation and I'm feeling pretty unprepared. I'd love advice on possible trainings -- workshops, conferences, methods, even online resources. I'm open to anything really, from the micro of how groups form and interact, to more zoomed out training on the development of large communities and even social movements. [more inside]
posted by vecchio on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Need help with getting things to sort correctly in Excel

I have a spreadsheet with items that I am trying to organize by part numbers made up of both letters and numbers. When I sort them, though, "HMDL32000" comes ahead of "HMDL3700", even though 32000 is a bigger number. In the warehouse, HMDL32000 is behind HMDL3700 and it seems unintuitive to have it appear first on the spreadsheet. How can I get Excel to organize first by the alphabetical portion of the part number, and then in the correct numeric order?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Tips and techniques for organizing my digital life

My desktop PC (running Windows 7) contains four hard drives, with information dating back to 1984. How can I organize that information, de-duplicate it, and archive it in some kind of logical manner? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Mobile tool storage ideas

I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

messed up

Hope me! How do I organize a really cluttery room, with limited space to work within? I feel like I'm just shuffling things around. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 4, 2014 - 33 answers

Website/App that will remind me to stay in touch with people IRL!

My therapist has suggested I spend time with people -- not online, but In Real Life -- in order to help me me deal with issues I have with avoiding difficult situations and confrontation. I thought I would make a list of people I want to spend time with and then periodically 'ask them out' just to spend time and chat about things. Perhaps a lunch or something similar. These could be friends, family, business relationships or just people I respect and would like to spend time with. CONTACTUALLY already does this quite well but is a bit feature-heavy and is geared towards business contacts. I am looking for something a bit more lightweight and geared toward individuals and personal relationships. I think just the following features ought to do it: 1. List of people and contact info 2. Reminders to meet periodically that could be changed based on the contact. 3. Ideally, something that could be edited either online AND an app so that its synced. Looking forward to getting your ideas and input.
posted by seatofmypants on Feb 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Conquering the Invisible Mess

I'd like to keep my apartment cleaner. Problem is, I don't really notice the mess. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Feb 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Everything into one notebook

Help me organize my notebook. Separate sections or all mixed up? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Dec 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Nice bathroom, but where do I put my stuff?

Need lots more storage in my cramped bathroom, but don't know how. Would prefer something that works well and looks nice, and doesn't require drilling or otherwise altering the walls. More details and pictures too after the break [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Migrating to DevonThink

Need help migrating to DevonThink Pro with very large, scattered files. Questions on initial organization and workflow. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Are you good at doing stuff? Tell me how you get stuff done.

I constantly have a huge list of things to do in my head and I'd like to get better at organizing/prioritizing them. [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on May 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Best organizing/storage items for a small bedroom

So I'm trying to change my constantly messy room (which is small) and I've realized that besides daily cleaning, part of what needs to be done is changing the things I use to help store/organize my room. I've done some purging, and will need to do some more, but feel that I'm not getting the most out of what I'm using now (a bookcase, clothes drawer, small desk, small reach closet). I want to use my space more efficiently and be able to organize more of my things in the small space I have! So I'm looking for the best furniture/containers/DIY/storage options that you guys have. Also any websites that show options/ways of doing this would be great too. Don't have a price limit/low budget, but if it's $150+, please note why it's worth the money/time. Thanks!
posted by packfan88c on Apr 15, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I organize my life and surroundings

I lack basic skills to manage a normal day. I have no structure at all and want to be able to get by in life. I am a chronic mess maker and lose much of everything, so I want to learn life skills to be able to live normally. [more inside]
posted by wholecornandsalt on Mar 25, 2013 - 25 answers

Beautiful Delightful Smiling Meetup Has Gotten Huge, HELP!!!

I host a group for a meetup style event that has exploded from being 20 people to 40 people and shows no sign of slowing growth. Help my manage things so that we scale well given that it is volunteer and there's no cash involved? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

How to organize a group of caregivers to help a terminally ill friend

One of my best friends was just diagnosed with late-stage cancer. My friend's going to need a lot of help, and I want to organize people to do it. Have you organized or been part of a caregiving group? I need advice from someone who's been down this road. [more inside]
posted by feets on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Beyond UFYH?

I'm looking for blogs about homekeeping (cleaning, organizing, keeping up on housework, design/decorating, and that sort of thing with maybe some cooking or gardening thrown in). I like Unfuck Your Habitat and I used to read Apartment Therapy before moving into my own house. Are there any other blogs out there that offer inspiration/motivation to keep up with housework and/or design ideas? I'm very DIY and craft-oriented, and appreciate frugal living ideas, too, so blogs that incorporate those things are good, too.
posted by wansac on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Making a big move and need to start consolidating possessions to the essentials

I'm planning to move in a little over a year and will only bring what I can fit in my car. How do I start clear out most of my possessions? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Nov 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Mini dumpsters? Are they a thing?

My mom is coming to help me clear out excess stuff from my apartment in a few weeks. In my ideal world, we'd be able to rent a rollable, roughly refrigerator-box-size mini dumpster for the stuff we're not donating, which someone else would take away when full. Does anything like this actually exist? I'm in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Do I need a cleaner or an organizer for my disaster of an apartment?

Do I need a housekeeper / cleaner or an organizer? I think I'm somewhere in the middle but there's no one in the middle apparently, so which way should I go? (USA, DC area) [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Because binders solve all woes, even weddings

Help me put together a wedding planning binder for a friend! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Canonical classical music titles

Whats the proper way to 'normalize' the titles of classical musical works when there doesn't seem to be any consistently used name? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Apr 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Organizing software

I need a good software tool to organize all my trips to conventions. [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Traveling organizing resources - for the visually inclined, with a pinch of mapping

[TravelFilter] What are your best tools for regrouping/organizing clips and ideas of places to visit or things to do when traveling? Are there any good visual-based sites/apps for doing so? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Jan 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Effeciently origanizing my wdgets for packing

How do I analyze 7 years of past orders to determine how to best organize my 6 shelves of widgets for packing future orders? Each shelf should, on average, be picked from equally. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 25, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get this place clean?

We're having a party. Our house is a disaster. I feel like I need a professional to help. Fiance disagrees. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 7, 2011 - 55 answers

Idiot's guide to starting a depression support group

Looking to start my own in-person depression support group, but have zero background in social work or psychology. What pitfalls should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

After dark water fight

How do I go about organizing an after dark water fight in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Cats, cords, and laptops

I need a way to store laptops and power cords in the living room that doesn't look horrible. I looked at this question and while the answers are creative, they won't work out for my situation. [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Mar 18, 2011 - 9 answers

I just want a shoebox.

iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA! [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot on Mar 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Organizing ain't easy, but it's necessary

Point me to tools for small-group consensus decision making - that includes policies/methods for dealing with irregular meetings/membership? [more inside]
posted by yeloson on Mar 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Email triage for inactionable items

What's the best way to triage my e-mail and deal with the maybe/someday types of items? My problem is this: I often receive e-mails that are actionable but sometime in the future. Or I receive something that I would like to do perhaps someday in the future but, I just don't have the time for it now. Sometimes, I want to just mull it over for a few days. Then, there are some things that I probably should do and sometimes even have to do by they will have to wait until later. More at the jump... [more inside]
posted by chinabound on Dec 5, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get the house in order?

Help with Home Organization! My boyfriend and I have been living in our three bedroom, two bath house for over a year, and have still not managed to unpack everything. We're looking for books that discuss cleaning and organization plans to help us manage our clutter and start a basic maintenance schedule. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Nov 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Best moving advice?

Suggestions for best Household moving organizer.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Sep 26, 2010 - 1 answer

clutterbug and organizer need help

My wife is a clutter bug while I'm an organizer. I'm finding her methods of leaving stuff where she last used it is an impediment to my projects and affects my well-being. What can I do, or how can I harmonize our two traits/methodologies? [more inside]
posted by diode on Sep 10, 2010 - 46 answers

Need help organizing photos and text

I have been the sole writer/editor for a small, free, newspaper for a couple of years. I have kept all original .doc files and published and unpublished photos. What I am looking for is software that will organize both pictures and text. It is easy to find organizing software for images, but not for photos and text. Does software like this even exist? Any help is appreciated.
posted by razorian on Aug 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Help Me Start Paying My Dues!

ResumeFilter: What do social justice/community organizing groups look for? How do I find the good ones? [more inside]
posted by Truthiness on Aug 10, 2010 - 5 answers

How to organize a party chapter?

How do I make a Green Party Chapter from near scratch? [more inside]
posted by Lord Chancellor on Mar 7, 2010 - 3 answers

I feel kind of like that scale in "Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art" that determines that Egyptian kid's fate, only I'm not Osiris, and these are books, not souls.

What strategies can I use for culling books? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 17, 2010 - 28 answers

How can I quickly name and tag TV episodes ripped from DVD?

Is there an ripping/converting application that will automate naming and labeling of TV episodes copied from DVD? [more inside]
posted by sun-el on Oct 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me train the next generation of Alinskys and Obamas!

Help me teach high school students how to be community organizers! [more inside]
posted by elmer benson on Aug 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me organize my move please!

I need advice on how to organize myself for moving myself and my ten-year-old son very quickly. [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Aug 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Are there professional organizers?

Is there such a thing as a professional organizer? What about for the common man? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Aug 3, 2009 - 14 answers

What books resemble Meatball wiki/Wikipedia policies?

What books on community organizing most closely resemble Meatball Wiki and/or Wikipedia's policies and guidelines?
posted by PandemicSoul on Jul 31, 2009 - 0 answers

Help me make a happy house

Is it possible to be a domestic goddess AND have a full-time job? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars on Jul 22, 2009 - 27 answers

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