Blog: My New Home -- An Organizer's Adventure in Building, Selling, Moving
Demolition, Part Deux
I believe one of my strengths is time management. That's one of the reasons I was a project manager and now I'm a professional organizer, because both professions use that strength. But moving has put a strain on this close held view of myself. I was forced to double, and then triple my estimate of how much time it would take us to get everything out of our about-to-be demolished cabin. I believe I understand why. I was only conscious of the stuff we had that I love, I use frequently or that bothers me. That means I accounted for the time it would take to lovingly wrap my favorite mega-sized coffee mugs given me by my best friend of many years. I accounted for the time to pack my hair dryer and my organizing books. And I accounted for a good amount of time to convince my husband to throw away the moldy old life jackets (Yay! They're gone.) But I didn't account for enough time to get everything out of that house.
It was nerve wracking. The excavator said, "Anything that's in the house when we get there is gonna go. Have the house ready when you say it's gonna be ready." He told my husband stories about the times people in their pajamas ran out of their houses clutching belongings minutes before the first blow of the bulldozer imploded the front door. At least that's how I imagined it.
At first I was certain I'd never be one of those last-minute people. After all, I'm a jogger, not a sprinter, and I've been working on this project for weeks, implementing my House Consolidation Plan
, revving up for the Demolition Sale
. But later on, I was not so sure how organized I really was. We'd disposed of huge loads of stuff – to the storage shed, to the dump, to our year-round house, and still more and more things came out of the woodwork. Track lights, baseboards, closet doors, andirons. You name it, we owned it. We advertised a general sale; we advertised by appointment; we put items in Craig's List. We called a few charities. We pressed items on friends.
Sometimes, good time management comes down to being relentless. Letting nothing distract you. Forgoing a few long-planned activities. And using all available time. Even if it means losing your dignity by running out the front door just as the bulldozer rumbles forward.
posted on: 11/16/2007 1:30:00 PM by Ginny Gassman
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Ginny Gassman is the owner of Tidy Cove, LLC, which provides professional organizing services for the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Tidy Cove publishes a free organizing tips newsletter.
Things that make me happy
- 15 minutes more sleep
- Labrador Retrievers
- flat water
- nieces and nephews
- champagne powder
- The Pats