I am the messiest person in the world. I'm not exaggerating. I am truly disorganized and messy in every single sense of the word. I am a moving tornado, messing up everything I touch. My car is messy, my room is messy, my office is messy - and don't get me started on what it looks like in the tent or hotel room about 30 seconds after I enter. In short, I am a messy messy person and it's driving me insane!
My workshop is only tidy because my mother likes to sneak in there when I'm out and sort everything out! If I move something in my bedroom, everything comes cascading down (I am a charter member of the Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things), and any flat space becomes a storage unit. I am getting more organized mentally with the iPod, but my physical world is just annoying.
I also need to have books around me at all times, just in case I need to grab another one. I have tried putting them in a cupboard, but I can't see them and it drives me nuts. I really don't have that many books - maybe 100 or so - but for some reason, I need to have them live right near me at all times.
And I need to put my crafts near me as well (not the bath & body stuff - those live in the workshop!) because I might be halfway through something when I get another idea and that first thing will languish until I do some cleaning! So I need a place to put my works in progress where I can know they are there and will remember to check. (Yes, I'm hyper and scattered, but I also run various craft groups, so I need to keep trying new things!)
My mother is a master organizer, and I love it when she helps me organize, but I find her ideas don't seem logical to me and I can't get them to work in the long term.
I can't really get a larger space - my room is the size it is - and I don't have that much stuff (okay, except for craft supplies, books, Simpsons figurines, snow globes, and other trinkets from my travels), so getting rid of things would leave me with nothing. We have a number of video game systems and drawers will work for games and accessories, but where to put the drum kit, guitar, and bass for Rock Band.
Yes, this is getting to the point of pathology! I am trying to work on some little habits like putting things back where they belong, and I've started making sure there's a garbage bag in the car, but my room is simply too far gone for these approaches to work well.
I need a philosophy that works and some ideas for storage that aren't a big set of shelves. I know I have to change my mindset, but I'm not sure how to do that, hence this posting.
Does you have any suggestions (other than throw out my stuff or buy some more drawers)? I welcome all ideas!