“”Functional Organizer…”

About one month ago, I asked your daddy to take out the garbage.  We were in Spokane and he was going outside and upstairs so I asked him to help with this chore.  He is always very helpful and efficient.  He although does not multi task in the same way I do.  His gentle comment to me was you are always a “functional organizer.”  I of course took this as a compliment. 🙂  He however was on his way to do some other task that he had in his head, and I knew he would rather do this chore at another time.  Oh well,  he kept the peace and took the garbage out.

I am a functional organizer.  I really do think this is a disposition of someone who is lazy.  I have a very clean and organized home.  Mainly because I never let it get dirty.  I am too lazy to have to clean up!  I simply spend about 50 to 60 seconds cleaning up after myself after everything I do.  People often comment on my clean home.  Truly, I think my way is a great way for a lazy person. :).  I love my free time.  I love having my mind and emotion free to do the things I want to do with out chores waiting.  I also don’t like to take several steps to accomplish things. 

I used to work with a nurse who I called someone who specialized in “economy of motion.”  She loaded up all her supplies to accomplish every task she needed to do so she never had to return for more things.   She was slower at getting started but always accomplished things quicker as everything she needed was at hand.  She definitely economized her motion!

Some examples of my life that I do to make things easy and efficient are in my cooking.  I do not enjoy cooking, but do love to eat!  To make things comfortable for me I arrange my kitchen’s in a way that is functionally organized. (My lazy way! :)).


My favorite breakfast’s are eggs or oatmeal.  These are foods I have almost every day.  Because it is almost daily used, It has a place right within reach on my counter top.  Everything I need for the oatmeal is all in one place.  The measuring cup is set on top of the oats.  The “garnishes” are in jars right next too it.  I put oat bran cereal, nuts, and fruit on my oats.  The pan to cook it in is in the cupboard right below me.  I do take 2 steps to my frig to get filtered water to make it using the measuring cup above.  The measuring cup then is returned to the oats to “dry” on top of the lid.  Easy, Simple, and oh so Yummy!


 Coffee.  Something I enjoy drinking.  I do use decaf when at home and only eat the real thing at coffee shops when I am out and about.  At home it also has a place on my counter top.  This again is something I use almost daily so it gets to stay out and easily accessed.  I again have everything organized to save time and steps. ( The good old functional organizer at work!).  I use creamers, or milk plus a sweetener.  I sometimes use cinnamon.  The stirrer, the sweetener, the cinnamon are all out and ready to go.  The mugs and the coffee are in the cupboard right above the coffee pot.  The sink is to the left of the coffee pot.  I stand in one place to make my great mug of coffee.  Again so easy, simple and yummy.

A great shout out to all the (lazy) great functional organizers out there….I truly understand how you think!!! 

This next weekend I get to go to Pullman to see my Son and his wife graduate from college.  I am so proud and so happy for them both to have accomplished this great goal in their life.  I will write again when I return.  I hope to tell you another story when I return.  It will be called “drop spots”…. Hmmmm, you will have to wait and see what this is. 



2 thoughts on ““”Functional Organizer…”

  1. Cool post mom! I love the oatmeal idea! I think I might get a clear container for my oatmeal as well, since I also eat it every day. 🙂

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