BOOMERBROADcast

Baby Boomer's social commentary on life in OUR sixties for those who rocked life in THE sixties.

It’s all about being organized

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As a Virgo I naturally love stores like The Container Store (www.containerstore.com) in the U.S. and Solutions (www.solutions-stores.ca) in Canada. All those endless bins and organizers appeal to my innate sense of order. I could (and have) spent hours fingering the jewellery hangers, the belt racks and OMG the kitchen wares. But a lot of my organizational tricks are practically free and work beautifully at keeping my life ticking along. Here are a couple of examples.

Before I retired, every day at the office started with a list of things to do. Stroking off each item gave me a sense of accomplishment. When I employed that system at home for household chores, I ended up with pages of messy, marked-up lists.

Here's what my daily production schedule looks like.

Here’s what my daily production schedule looks like.

My solution was to write each chore on a sticky note and stick it on the kitchen cupboard door in front of my nose. Sometimes I start the day with a dozen stickies which I remove one by one as the chore is done. And I re-cycle these in a drawer. It includes such chores as ironing, laundry, walk the dog, do my nails, clean powder room, etc.

Another organizational compulsion that girlfriends tease me about is the hanging tags on my black pants in the closet. Most of us have many pairs of

Note the little metal descriptive tags on each hanger.

Note the little metal descriptive tags on each hanger.

black pants of varying fabrics, cuts and even sizes. When I scan them by eye hanging in my closet it’s hard to tell the boot-leg ones from the skinnies or the size 12s from the size 8s. In the semi-light of a closet these tags instantly tell me the pants are “dress black straight leg” or “NYDJ zips at the ankle” without having to pull each pair out and examine them individually. I’m not really neurotic, am I?

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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