Getting organised. Or should I say: Staying organised?

I try hard, I try very hard to stay organised.

Boxes. Photo by Lisa Risager

The Problem
I hate being told what to do and when to do it. I hate clutter.
I also procrastinate. And I collect.

Web Apps or Paper & Pen?
I love webapps – Tadalist, Remember The Milk, Fogbugz, Delicious, Flickr, 23, Tumblr, Posterous.
I also love writing lists in gorgeous notebooks.
A stack of notebooks. Photo by Lisa Risager

Getting Organised
I love decluttering and organising. Categorising and tagging. Boxing stuff. I can spend weeks getting organised.

Avoiding the Subject
As I said before I hate being told what to do. Even if it is a web app kindly reminding me to… Have you ever decluttered your entire bedroom because your self-created todo-list told you to go buy a present for your friend’s birthday? I have!

The cycle then reaches the point where I realise that I’ve started ignoring the To-Do-List Web App Of The Month and as a result getting absolutely nothing done. I then start organising my kitchen cupboards even though the problem is the clutter on my desk.

Starting Over
I hate clutter. I can’t work when my desk, my mind, my computer, my life is cluttered. So I try out new solutions. Spend weeks putting everything into a new fancy system. In short, procrastinating instead of getting things done.

A Solution?
I think I’ve finally found what works for me.

  • To Do List: Teux Deux. It’s so very simple, but does excactly what I want it to do. Looks pretty too.
  • Memory & Links: Evernote. After loading links to Delicious for years but never being able to find them again I really enjoy Evernote because saving pictures with links makes it much easier for me to use.
  • Email, To Do List & Archive: Gmail with Labs features (Flickr preview, Multiple Inboxes, Superstars, Send & Archive)
  • Memory, Planning, Brainstorming: Mind42. I make lots of mind maps.
  • Using my pretty coloured pencils and my lovely notebooks.
  • Documenting cool stuff with my camera.

And finally: Just doing it.

PS – P52 is what helped me write this post!

Honest Scrap

Thanks to Néné I now have to tell you 10 secrets about myself…

a. ‘The Honest Scrap Blogger Award’ must be shared.
b. The recipient has to tell 10 (true) things about themselves that no one else knows.
See below
c. The recipient has to pass on the award to 10 more bloggers.
Mairuru, Shopping Losts, Laylock, TechKnitter, Sandra Juto, La Beet, Swiss Miss, Pixel Diva, Notes from Abbey Road, Needled
If you feel left out, please don’t! I love you all.
d. Those 10 bloggers should link back to the blog that awarded them.
If you like.
10 (true) things about me that no one else knows
Disclaimer: I don’t believe in secrecy so a number of people probably know this already.

Dåser, æsker, indpakning
I collect things.

Mercedes Benz
I am fascinated by old cars.

This cat sleeps in my bed at night.

Billede 221
I like street art.

Vingsted Historiske Værksted
I like repetitions.

London , September 2008
I like metaphotography.

I like drinks. Even red wine with ice and coca cola.

I like old things.

Blues for Obama
I like bright lights, big cities.

Roma 2008
I’ve visited Rome once and I didn’t really like it.

My little corner

What happened? I am now officially a lifehacker? I uploaded this photo to flickr and added it to the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell (Pool)…

I work as a freelance webdesigner and webdeveloper.

My workspace is in our living room. When I’m not working I’m crafting, and I like to keep my sewing and knitting stuff handy.

From my space I can see my two cats sleeping (or sometimes yawning), I can see Istedgade, Copenhagen, Denmark outside my windows and the kettle is in the kitchen a few steps from me.

I can also see and smile to my best friend when he’s sitting in his space in the opposite corner of the room!

Do check out the other workspaces featured on Lifehacker!


I was the lucky winner of the Proximidade Award, it was given to me weeks ago but I have just not had the time nor the head space to actually pass it on. When you read the background to this award you will realize why this task cannot be taken lightly…
Thank you Irene!

This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award.

I pay the tribute forward to:

Birgit – who is crafty and creative and open to friendship. And makes me believe that I too can learn to speak Spanish.
Brenda – for setting up Artemis Adornments and inviting others to play!
Evelien – for letting us all be a part of her art and (knit)wit
Liselotte – for being so very friendly and open. I don’t follow her blog regularly (she blogs too often!) but her creative craftiness is very inspiring and I do enjoy popping in once in a while.
Irene – for turning a virtual cyber-friendship into IRL friendship and for doing stuff instead of just fiddling with the ideas
Pilar for sharing so much with me!
Henriette for being a true web-avantgardista.
Julia for being so lovely and creative and because she’s kalak!

My February Lady Sweater

Yes, it really did start with a firm intention to make my own February Lady Sweater.

Only I did want that cute edging at the top, And having knitted a lot of garter-stitch garments lately I wanted something different. I also decided against lacy holes as I might want to wear this cardigan without a t-shirt. The sleeves really had to cover my elbow but not be too loose – I don’t like catching my sleeve on door handles.

Lastly I decided that since this cardigan is knitted from the yarn formerly known as my coolest summer dress I would copy the lace edging from the dress.

Plus I crocheted the front part with the buttons.

I am very pleased with the results! I’m glad I frogged the summer dress and knit this cardigan instead.