Usually Wednesday is Tip Day, but surprise, today is a quiz instead.
Most people understand that it's a pain to be disorganized. Disorganized people spend a lot of time hunting for their keys; they have to order a replacement birth certificate; they know they must have a dozen hammers, because it’s always been easier to buy a new one than to locate one in the house.
Often, however, people don’t realize how disorganized they are. Are you? Take this quiz.
At a minimum, you should know exactly where to find these possessions (assuming, of course, you own them—and you should):
your passport and if you’re married, your spouse’s passport
a safety pin
a functioning alarm clock
paperclips or a stapler
your phone charger
a spare set of keys
your doctor’s phone number
your tax statements from 2003
fabric stain remover
a pair of mittens
spare AA batteries
Congratulate yourself for being well-organized if you can also say exactly where you’d find these objects:
a tape measure
your high-school yearbook
a Swiss army knife
a pencil sharpener
a copy of Pride and Prejudice or The Da Vinci Code
the instruction manual for your camera
a vase the proper size to hold a bunch of tulips
a tube of lip balm
a cheese knife
an extension cord
a recipe for a favorite food your mother or father used to make
a pack of playing cards
a pad of sticky notes (Post-Its)
One observation: disorganized people often aim to put things away approximately. They’ll keep something “in a kitchen drawer” or “in my office.” It’s much more satisfying to put things away in an exact location—like a particular kitchen drawer. It takes some effort, at first, to decide where everything belongs, but once you’ve put objects in their proper places, it’s much easier to return them there.
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