Blog All About It Challenge May 2018

Posted May 20, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 37 Comments



The prompt for this month’s segment of the challenge is ORGANIZE.

I have been that annoying list person all my life.  My family can testify to this.  I was barely able to spell when I was writing family camping trip lists, taking inventories of the pantry shelves to help my dad go grocery shopping while my mom was away for the military, planning out my week and month ahead on a calendar and to-do list, putting stuff in designated shelves and bins.  Next to a book store, my idea of shopping Nirvana was the office and school supply aisle at K-Mart (we didn’t have whole Office Supply stores back then).

This carried through the travails of high school and college and moving around and across country- yep, moving the ultimate challenge to the organizer.  And, then there was teaching.  I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure a teacher invented the bullet journal.  Have you seen a well-organized lesson plan book?  I did mine with a ruler and colored pens and stickers nearly twenty years ago.  And, don’t let anyone tell you that social work is only about the people.  I organized the snot out of that job so no one and nothing fell through the cracks (if you have a caseload of 150 clients and owe the government a myriad of reports and record keeping to stay funded, you gotta get organized).

To tie it in to our book world, I made lists galore for books I own, books I want, review books, and I do it in more than one place.  I keep it simple and inexpensive.  I created an Excel spreadsheet for books I own and then color code it whether the book is read or not and other details I like to track.  I keep a list of my reading and review schedule along with other special post commitments on a Google calendar and spread sheet.  I track books read, challenges, and a second reading schedule in hard copy with spiral notebooks and a reading journal.

Is this fool proof?  Oh heck no, I can forget with the most disorganized of them- just ask Shari.

So, what do you like to keep organized and what do you use to do it?  Do Tell!

If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  • RO

    Those look gorgeous, and yes I know that you and Anna are super organized (lol) Me, on the other hand – NOT! I do use 3 different planners to keep track of meetings, Dr. appointments, phone calls, blog topics, menu ideas birthdays,and tons of other stuff, but everything has to actually make it into those planners, or it’s just a mess.(lol) I’ve been known to write things down on scraps of paper, but the planners have helped me to get away from that, thank goodness. Great topic!!! Happy Sunday and Hugs…RO

    • Yes! I love notebooks with fun covers. It’s harder for me to misplace them when they are bright. LOL
      Haha, yep, the trick is actually writing it into the organizer. I’ve missed on that one a few times.

      All you can be asked to do is at least try. Have a great Sunday, Ro!

  • I did social work for a long time and you are right about having to be organized in that field. I didn’t go anywhere without my planner back then! I recently started a google docs spreadsheet that I am using to track all of my review books, books read, requests made, and other fun info and it is helping me so much. I am mad that I didn’t do it sooner. I use the google calendar to lay out the blog’s schedule and was recently given an old school planner that I am using to keep track of the family’s schedule. I still forget a whole lot of things but I am trying 🙂

    • Really? How cool, Carole! Yes, you get it then. I had my organizer so stuffed all the time until I went part-time and got a much smaller case load.

      The Google Docs sheet is really helpful. I didn’t even know about it and what it could do until Shari sent me one. I latched right onto that. 🙂

      Hope your house, electricity, and the downed tree situation are going alright.

      • We finally got power back yesterday. We went 5 nights without power. I really didn’t mind much but was missing refrigeration 🙂 My house still needs some work though. It will be a process but at least now I can turn on a light.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh wow thanks for a look inside your brain Sophia Rose, Me I’m not that organized but I rely almost exclusively on my online google calendar so if it ever crashed I would be up the proverbial creek 🙂

  • That’s awesome. I have some notebooks that I use to keep organized but I don’t use an organizer.

    • I always think about buying an organizer, but I have notebooks lying around that I figured I should use up first. They do just as well, right?

  • I justed an excel spreadsheet for years, now I just diliginaly update Goodreads since I can take the app anywhere. Yes, Google is perfect for keeping track of everything. I use a color code for reviews, arcs etc. I use to love journals but writing is super hard now.

    • Oh good one! I forgot to mention GoodReads. I use the shelves there to sort and track my reading, too.

      Bummer about not being able to write as much. I have carpal-tunnel issues so I get it. 🙂

  • I LOVED this post!! I’m a clutter-free freak. I can’t stand clutter, so when my kids or husband leave stuff where it doesn’t belong I throw it away. I like every nice and neat. If there’s too much of anything or stuff isn’t organized, I feel as though I can’t breathe. In regard to books, I keep them organized by author, and nobody dare touch my bookshelves ha!

    Great post!

    • Yes! I do so hate clutter, but I live with a big clutterer so it is an exercise in constant patience. But, yes, there is an enough is enough point and pitching to the garbage occurs. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I keep forgetting about this challenge!! I love this topic though. I’m definitely that person who has always had a planner of some sort for school and I loved it. I’d even buy the ones my college offered every year. I had to have something to write things down or I’d for SURE forget about it. Now, I have a planner for the blog/life and one for my work stuff (I work in an academic library so I have stuff for all the various classes I help with).


    • LOL! Glad to remind you, Lauren.

      Oh yes, I can see you are a kindred organized spirit. 🙂

  • I am so unorganized when it comes to my blogging life. I try to stay organized, but ‘real life’ is constantly intruding, so I’m constantly losing track of release dates. I use mostly Goodreads to keep track of my ‘shelved’ books. I am pretty fanatical about my house, keeping up with shredding (though not lately,) and for the most part, I walk any junk mail to my dumpster before I even walk into my apartment building. And last weekend was a spring cleaning party! LOL

    List people are not annoying! They are the backbone of any civilized society. 😉

    Fun post, Sophia!

    • I like your GR system for having dedicated shelves for your books.
      Oh yes, I like your idea of house order. I just did shredding last week and I walk by the trash with half the mail before I ever get to my desk. Saves time.

      Ooooh, I love that about the backbone of civilized society. Good one, Angie. 🙂

  • I try so very hard to be organized, but it always never pans out…lols!

    • Drat that real life. 🙂 Trying is the key.

  • Karen

    I’m an organizing minimalist lol I jot down a few notes and that’s about it. If I do more than that or organize too far out it feels overwhelming and I forget everything. But it works for me so I just roll with it.

    That does not stop my love of home office supplies & organizational tools though! hehe

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • I think you hit on just the pertinent point. You’re doing what works for you. My boss has a very different personality from mine and she can’t work like I do or nothing happens so I get what you’re saying. 🙂

  • Oh yes. Lists are my happy place. lol The whole having a list to keep track of your lists. This is something I understand. lol

    • High five! I really do get excited when I’m making a new list or found some new cool way to organize so I get that ‘happy place’.

  • I general I would say I am a pretty organized person, but I don’t have journal or anything around. Just a myriad of small notes with things on it, like my to-do list for the day, shopping lists etc. I am more the organized chaos type, it might look chaotic, but I know where everything is. And when it comes to books I am way less organized. Although I do keep track of which books i got for review and color mark release dates for those in my calendar.

    • Haha! I love it- organized chaos. And, that’s important that you lists work for you and your way of organizing your space.

  • LOL – there are always books bits that fall through the crack. But it looks like you go most things covered.

  • Those planners are SO cute.

    • Thanks! I love the colors and motifs, too. Always fun to fill one up and get a new one out. 🙂

  • Google calendar got a lot of shout outs with this prompt!

    • It sure did. 🙂 It’s easy peasy and free so that helps. LOL

    • It sure did. 🙂 It’s easy peasy and free so that helps. LOL