Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Thankful Project - Day 5

Today I'm linking up with Kenzie at Chasing Happy for Day 5 of her "Thankful Project".
Today's prompt is: a talent you have.

I'm pretty sure everyone who knows me is not particularly thankful for the talent I have, but I think I'm pretty good at planning and organizing.  I like to plan parties, organize everything and everyone in my house, and I like to make lists.

Whenever we go on a trip (usually just a two-hour ride to my mom's house), even though we always pack the same things when we go anywhere, I still make a list.

When I go to the grocery store, I organize my list by section/aisle in the store (I'm aware that a lot of people do this, but I'm thankful for my neurosis because it usually results in less time milling around the grocery store -- less chance that I will buy something I don't need).

When I plan for a party or holiday, I make an Excel spreadsheet with tabs for Guests, Food, and To-dos.  I like to write out each food I plan to have and if someone else has volunteered to bring it, I put a check next to it once I have confirmed that they are bringing it.  I write out everyone's name and address and have a column to put a check mark once they have been invited (either by mail or on FB or via email).  And a column for their RSVP response.

All of this is not to say that I'm not completely scatter-brained and disorganized at times.  I make so many lists that I forget where I put them and then end up walking around Target with $300 worth of crap in my cart.  Damn you, Target!  But for a person like me that needs order to feel secure, the act of planning helps to soothe my anxiety... even if I don't actually do things in the order or manner in which I planned.  When I'm feeling overwhelmed with tasks that need to be completed, I make a list.  And I'll probably never look at it again, but just writing it down makes me feel like I have it all together.

I love my label-maker and would like to live at the Container Store.
I know my down-to-the-last-detail planning gets on my family's nerves, but it makes me feel calm in the chaos. I have been called a party Nazi, and while derogatory, I take it as somewhat of a compliment because that's my niche.

Some people can knit.  Some people can cook.  I can plan.


1 comment:

  1. I think it's amazing how you took something derogatory and turned it to a compliment. Perhaps people see how good you are with planning, and they wish they are as good as you. I like planning events, though I haven't organized a lot. Planning and making lists is important for me because it organizes my life. Keep doing what you're good at, girl!