|Don’t Do This is a source of valuable free advice (the best kind!) that you will find no where else. Lifestyle and preserving marital harmony are the two biggest subject areas, but there are other helpful guides as well. Mixing Reactive Substances Do’s and Don’ts, Ten Things to Never Say to an Officer, and How To Pass a Mental Evaluation are just a few. Today I want to address a crucial life skill, organization.
First, I want to refute the notion that I am not organized. I am organized, I just don’t over-do it. I have two models. One is “A place for everything and everything all over the place”. The idea is that since there is a place where something should be, but it’s not there, then it must exist somewhere. That is better than not knowing if you have something at all. Sure, it would be nice if it was where it is supposed to be, but if it was it would mean that someone one has been messing with your stuff because you would certainly not have put it back.
The other method is “Almost everything on this side, and everything else on the other”. That is how I organize my shop. It ensures a there is an open path through the middle of the shop. Finding things would be much harder if I couldn’t get to the back of the shop.
These simple methods will improve one’s happiness by putting things in perspective. It causes one to consider if they really want or need something so badly that they are willing to look for it. We are told we should simplify our lives. What better way than to say, “Aw, &*^% it” and put aside our need for material things?
That being said, there are a few exclusions. These are things so crucial to the happiness of all that they must be close at hand. As much progress as one may have made towards reducing their material needs, it is likely there are some with whom you live that still cling to material things such as counter tops, carpets, furniture, and flooring. Personal mantras such as “Aw, &*^% it” will not aid in their happiness should anything untoward happen. Here, then, are the three classes of things you must actually keep track of:
Cleansers – I’m not taking about a scrub pad and bathtub cleanser, I mean the real thing. Acetone, Trisodium Phosphate, Hydrochloric acid (also called muriatic acid), bleach, and ammonia. It would be a very good time to be organized while using these cleansers because they will do much more damage than they fix in a hurry. Don’t do this.
Touch up paint – Collect a complete set of samples from the paint store from which you can mix various colors. Your spouse has created a difficult situation by having all the wall colors mixed and it will not be easy getting one to match. Obtain enamel model paint for decorative pottery and dishes. A little car touch up paint might not hurt either.
Glues and adhesives – Buy every type you can find.
Using the justification that there are exceptions to every rule, a saying I live by, hoarding the above material things may be essential to your happiness and, more importantly, to those with whom you share matrimonial relationships. De-emphasizing the need for material things, concern for the happiness of others, maintaining one’s own health and happiness (except for the cleanser fumes), these are qualities of an enlightened person. Attaining this lofty goal is the mission of Don’t Do This. I’m glad I could help. Now put the Hydrochloric acid away before your spouse sees it.