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Many people in my life have tried to help me “get organized”. Grandparents, aunts, parents, husband, sister, they all had a go at it. The truth is I am an organized person just not in the traditional sense of the word: systematically arranging things to, in theory, efficiently deal with them.

A place for everything and everything in its place is a sure-fire way to guarantee I will hunt for and never find the thing again in my life time. Such is the case with two items I’ve been looking for high and low for two weeks now. The CD for my printer so I can reload it into my computer and a pattern I need to reference a neckline.

It seems I was cleaning out computer files late one night two weeks ago and oops(!) there went the printer file. I have since imposed a rule on myself that prevents me from tinkering with and cleaning up the computer after 9 pm.

The printer disc was one of those things I distinctly remember The Skipper interferring helping in the placement of. I wanted to slip it into one of the little nooks in my antique secretary’s desk. He stopped me, gave a brief lecture on everything in its place, and had me put it…well that’s the question: Where? Where was this proper place for this thing?

I’ve asked him. He’s given me all the suggestion of where he would suggest it go and it’s not in any of those places. Though the desk nook might not have been the systematically correct way of arranging it I would have had it in my hot little hands by now and fixed the problem in what to me would have been an efficient and timely fashion.

The second item I am searching for is a baby sweater pattern which I had saved so I could reference the neckline design. The technique was interesting. The technique would also be of help to me at the moment with the little girl’s sweater I am almost finished with. I say almost finished because I still have the neckline to do.

I originally was going to put the pattern in with a stash of wool that if I was ever to knit up the pattern I would most likely use to knit it. Again The Skipper decided I need organizing help and stepped in to offer the systematically correct way of keeping reference patterns. His solution is binders.

The Skipper is a huge fan of notebook binders. The bigger the binder the better. He also covets page protectors. If you need a sure stock market tip, invest in a company that makes binders and page protectors. As long as The Skipper is alive the stock is safe. I am sure that his suggestion was to put it in a page protector and a binder. Well, I’ve looked through every binder he’s had me make and no pattern. I even opened the yarn vault (much to Yarn Rascal delight) and looked where it should have been. Still no pattern.

All of this is to say that while I may seem unorganized to the systematically efficient crowd, I’m really not. The executive function part of my brain just works a little differently in what and how it lumps things together.

And now I am off to hunt again for the CD and the pattern. Systematic efficiency is killing me.

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