As a kid I loved The Baby-Sitters Club. It really appealed to me that this group of girls, not that much older than me, were smart, sensible and brave enough to notice a shortcoming in the way people would normally find a babysitter and actually do something about it. Why call a bunch of different people looking for a sitter when you could call one place and also get matched with someone who best fit your needs?! They were just kids, but they saw a flaw in the system and they came up with an idea for how to make the process better for other people. They seemed so exotic and professional, too, that I couldn't help but admire them.
While I don't think I had ALL of the books, I had quite a number of them plus some super specials, mysteries, and even a couple from The Baby-Sitters Little Sister series. Honestly I was probably reading them long after I had outgrown them. But the first organization ideas I remember having were inspired by my desire to keep my Baby-Sitters Club books in order.
My BSC Organization Ideas
I had a fairly wide wall closet that was also relatively deep. It wasn't a walk-in, exactly, but there were shelves along the back wall behind the hanging bar. Since I wasn't very big at the time, me and my clothes didn't take up a whole lot of space. They all fit on either end of the closet so I had easy access to the shelves, which partly served as my own personal little library. I loved lining up all of those Baby-Sitters Club books in order, trying to make sure that they all fit just how I wanted them and stayed straight on the shelves. They were so colorful and lively in there, too! I even went so far as to keep notecards with them where I could keep track if one of my friends wanted to borrow a book.
Clearly organizing started for me at a very young age, and it is always something that has come fairly naturally to me. To be honest, it was quite awhile before I realized that not everybody did this sort of thing. Just because you didn't have these kinds of organization ideas at 9 years old doesn't mean it's too late for you to start getting ideas today!
Organizing is not that different than other types of abilities. Of course there are things that come more naturally to some people, but organizing is not an inherent trait that you either have or you don't. There are a set of skills that you can be taught and learn through trial and error. The girls in The Baby-Sitters Club weren't just born knowing how to run a business or even to do the babysitting. But they saw that something needed to change in the way babysitters were hired, so they made the best plan they could. Then they jumped in and began learning the lessons they needed to improve.
That's what I did in my closet. I picked a shelf and decided how I wanted the books to go. If it didn't work, I made adjustments and tried again.
Even if organizing doesn't come naturally to you, you probably have a pretty good idea about whether or not you have to go out of your way to get all the ingredients for your favorite meal gathered up, or if you have to go up and down the stairs 3 times in the morning when you're trying to get ready and you really don't want to do that anymore. If you can identify the problem, there are likely a variety of organization ideas to fix it. If you're not sure what the fix is, you can call in an organizer to help you figure that part out, just like the families called The Baby-Sitters Club to find the sitter best suited to watch their kids.
So take some time to find the flaws in your systems. I'll be here to help find the solutions when you're ready. In the meantime, I think I'm going to see if I can track down some Baby-Sitters Club ebooks for old time's sake.
Do you have a challenge you need help with? Share in the comments to get some organization ideas!