I enjoy what you might call "putting things in order": cataloging, editing, sorting, organizing, compiling information from disparate sources into a single uniform format, arranging things into sets, etc. What hobbies or pastimes might I enjoy? [more inside]
Sooo.... I joined a Meet-Up group. The organizers stepped down a few days later, and I was the only one who offered to take over... Which means I am both a new member and now organizer of a group of 200+ expat families! I am new to MeetUp generally too. What can I do to make this MeetUp group *awesome*? [more inside]
Where can I find inspiration for planner decoration that is geared towards various alternative/weirdo types - e.g. queers, geeks, artists, activists, certain subcultures? [more inside]
I tend to be a high anxiety perfectionist and for many many years have "organized" my life with elaborate to-do lists and systems for recurring tasks. Recently, I started getting into minimalism and decided at the beginning of this year when I couldn't find a planner I liked to just go cold turkey and try to live my life without a to do list. I instantly felt so much better - like I was actually living my life and paying attention to things and people rather than always being stressed about the checking off the next thing on my list. If I saw something that needed to be done I did it and then effing relaxed. The only problem was, I did sometimes forget things that were important but not right in front of me for whatever reason, like ordering my dog's meds or reserving a car for an upcoming vacation. So, I am wondering: is there a middle way? Something that will help me remember the important things I tend to forget but not tempt me to overplan my life?
My wife and I moved about a year ago to a town where we already had some friends, and have made new friends. Trying to invite people to play games via e-mail quickly devolves into micro-scheduling. "Big" board game nights are unwieldy and unfun. I'm looking for something that feels like it should exist, but I haven't found it yet. Full details inside: [more inside]
Hi, I'm a white person who wants to get involved in organizing efforts against racism. I'm particularly interested in efforts that get other white people involved in taking action. [more inside]
I need a class on how to be organized before I start my degree this Fall! Sadly, no one actually teaches organizing undergrad 101 so I'm relying on Metafilter for all your best tips and tricks! [more inside]
I'm looking for an app or other software (hopefully available online) that will help me to plan how to put large numbers of chairs, desks and tables and sort/divide them into different rooms. Do you know of any?
So, there exists such a thing as professional declutterers and organizers, who'll come to your home or office and help you get your stuff together. My question: is there an analogous gig where someone exclusively helps someone else get their personal email/digital/workflow life together (no other apartment/home organizing involved)? Like, say, getting to Inbox Zero, or at least having a system for how they can handle email without feeling overwhelmed? Or helping them track their work more effectively? (Details/background inside.) [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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.
I'd like to keep my apartment cleaner. Problem is, I don't really notice the mess. [more inside]
Help me organize my notebook. Separate sections or all mixed up? [more inside]
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]
Need help migrating to DevonThink Pro with very large, scattered files. Questions on initial organization and workflow. [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Help me put together a wedding planning binder for a friend! [more inside]
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]
I need a good software tool to organize all my trips to conventions. [more inside]
[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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I go about organizing an after dark water fight in New York City? [more inside]
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]
iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA! [more inside]
Point me to tools for small-group consensus decision making - that includes policies/methods for dealing with irregular meetings/membership? [more inside]
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]
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]
Suggestions for best Household moving organizer.. [more inside]
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]
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.
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