The Armoire Arrives…and the Art of Problem Solving

My jewelry armoire arrived and I am think it is going to work very well for me.  It looks just as good here as it did in the photos online that I found:

Armoire 1 

I like that it has a lot of different storage types that are part of it such as the doors that store necklaces:

Armoire 3

And the top that opens to a mirror and has ring storage in it plus some small spaces to store earrings and other small items:

Armoire 2

There top 3 drawers have built in dividers while the bottom drawers do not.  I like this since I can order organizers for the bottom drawers that I can customize for what I need.  I rejected some armoires that can dividers in every drawer as that didn’t allow me to customize it the way I wanted.

The bigger part of why I am so satisfied with this and which relates to the overall topic of this blog is the whole idea of problem solving.  The commenters to my original post on this addressed that issue, recognizing that I had researched my problem and then obtained the tools I needed to solve it.

When I look back over the last several years of weight loss, I can honestly say that working on problem solving has been a key part of getting to goal and staying there.  To solve problems, you have to first understand what the problem really is and why the problem exists.  And, you have to recognize the barriers to solving the problem.   When I recognized I wasn’t  wearing my jewelry — even though I used to enjoy doing so — it was easy for a long time to just tell myself that my interest in jewelry had changed.  But, the reality was more complicated.  And, there wasn’t just one reason I wasn’t wearing jewelry.  Part of it was the whole “what’s the use” mentality.  Part of it was the inability to wear most of my earring due to the stretching of the holes in my ear lobes.  Part of it was the jewelry just not being easily accessible to me.  To solve my problem, I had to tackle all of these.  Tackling one of them wouldn’t work.

I went through much the same process when I tackled the problem of overeating cookies. I got in a habit of buying a container of cookies at the grocery store and then overeating them.  I recognized the problem and came up with how to solve it.  Now, as is often the case, my first solution didn’t work.  That solution was to still buy the cookies, but use portion control at home.  That solution does work for me for all sorts of food, but didn’t work for cookies.  Ultimately, I recognized that and realized that the best solution was to simply not buy cookies for the house.  Or, to put it another way, don’t buy more than a single serving of cookies.

Since I have started this blog, there have been a ton of things I have tried that didn’t work.  Many times, I have to try something to see if it will work.  And, quite often, the solution doesn’t work.  But, I learn from the attempt.  The key for me is to not look at it as a failure.  Rather, I try to look at it as simply an experiment where I gathered data.  I am reminded of that great Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

One of the things that helps me in problem solving is to really analyze the problem to try to see what the real problem is and to ask myself what underlies this problem.  To not look at it superficially, but to look at all the barriers to solving the problem.  Those barriers can be a variety of things such as psychological (such as “what’s the use thinking”), physical (stretched ear lobes) or matters of practicality and convenience (location of my jewelry).  What I have learned is to try to go below the surface and find all of the aspects of the problem since I am not likely to solve a problem if I don’t look at everything.

Anyway …. I don’t yet know if everything I am doing will solve the jewelry problem.  But, I think I am on the right track.  And, of course, I continue to use that type of problem solving if things aren’t going right on weight loss or maintenance.

Comments

  1. cathy says

    Very nice, love that you included photos and are keeping busy while you await your surgeries. Looking forward to seeing and reading about how things go. Best of luck!

  2. says

    pretttttttyyyyyyyyyy 🙂

    good thoughts about problem solving also. and also the dedication you’ve shown and having the true desire to actually solve the problem are important, too.
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