By Darius Alexander I pride myself on being organized. Actually, I pride myself on trying to be organized. I have all these ideas of getting a folder for each of my bills and having a well-organized filing cabinet with all of my important papers marked and ready at a moment's notice. I've also had the idea of scanning all of my important papers and keeping copies of them on my computer. That way, I can have a totally paperless home! But none of those things have happened yet. And now with an impending new arrival, those things aren't going to happen anytime soon. I'm doing my best to get everything organized so I can concentrate on being a father in a few months. But the whole task is just overwhelming. Ideally, I want to work with my wife and have charts, tables and lists posted all over the house. I want to have our meals planned out for the month, a chore list posted on the refrigerator and our carpool list in a prominent location. I want to have our recipes in a convenient place so we never have to look for them. I want our refrigerator organized in such a way that we never have to throw away food that we could've eaten had it not been in the back where we couldn't see it. In addition to having those things posted around the house, I want to have digital copies on my computer. I want to have copies of those copies because you never know when your new infant or cat is going to spill orange juice on your laptop rendering it nothing more than the world's most expensive paperweight. I also want to go through all of the parenting magazines we've been receiving for three years and enter everything into a database so I can look anything up at a moment's notice. What type of tax deductions can I use because of my new baby? All I would have to do is type in "tax deductions" in my computer's search feature and that article would appear on my screen in a matter of seconds. How do I get a nickel out of my son's nose? Who knows how much damage I could save to my son's nose and brain if I don't need to take the time to search through all those magazines or call the pediatrician at 3 a.m. But alas, it doesn't look like that's going to happen before the arrival. I've been spending too much time working and saving up money for the kid's college fund. It looks like things are going to be just as disorganized after the new baby comes as it is now. Hopefully I'll find some time to get at least some of these things done so I can spend as much time as possible with the new baby.
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