I’ve often wondered if there are similar souls out there like me – the chronically disorganized at home, always with the best intentions to get a grip on things, often lost as to the approach. I am in awe of those amazing people to whom organization comes so naturally and easily. My mother is of those people. Alas, that trait was left behind in the gene pool and never made its way to me! I’m determined to make a valiant effort this year toward tackling disorganization!
As a magazine junkie, I’ve seen a bazillion articles over the years about getting organized. For me, the rub has typically been all of the things you need to do, buy, make, plan, and fix before you even touch a single part of the chaos. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed by all the process, let alone actually DOING anything! Do you know what I mean? I know my chronic disorganization is in no way a result of being lazy, unmotivated or not caring. It’s directly attributed to being busy, juggling tons of things, and just not enough hours in any given day. Who’s with me here?
I’m taking a realistic approach and going on the old adage that Rome – or any other city, for that matter! – wasn’t built in a day. I’m breaking things down into specific areas to tackle; things I believe will generate positive impact, improve the overall organization of my day-to-day and save me money in the long run.
Here is my plan of attack!
Paper – (Mail, newspaper, books, magazines)
It’s been said we are in a paperless society – I don’t know about you, but that particular society has yet to spread to my home OR office! Too much paper, too many magazines and don’t get me started on the books! Serious action needs to be taken.
Spice/Baking and Gadget Cabinets
I spend a lot of time in my kitchen cooking, baking and making candy. Taking on the entire kitchen – which needs an overhaul of epic proportions, is just too much right away and could stop the entire project in its infant tracks! Getting my spices, baking supplies and gadgets in order will be a great start to getting a grip in the kitchen.
Have to be perfectly candid here – my wardrobe needs some big time organization! I’m not as diligent as I should be after doing laundry about putting things away, hanging up clothes when I change after work and I’ve got a major addiction to ironing everything. This almost seems like an area too big to tackle, but I know this will pay huge dividends in de-stressing the start to my day.
We created a dedicated craft room for me a few years ago, which I promptly outgrew in about a month. Since I’ve brought home enough supplies from my mother-in-law’s home to just about stock my own store, this is definitely a 5-alarm area that needs immediate attention!
When you can’t close the door – there IS a problem! Enough said!
Sometimes, I’m wondering just how old IS that lipstick – oh, and THERE’s the pair of tweezers I’ve replaced three times already this year.
A lot of collections, a lot of wonderful items inherited from family and a general propensity to a nostalgic saving of everything equals a house bursting at the seams!
Whew! Even breaking things down into action areas, it’s a still a big job ahead. I’m bound and determined, in the months ahead, to tackle the disorganization of each of these areas one baby step at a time. Also, I’ve made a goal to reuse, recycle or creatively use, to the greatest extent possible, “stuff” I already have on hand to get a grip on things. I want to bring a little organization to my life, spending as little money as possible to do it and hopefully, bringing some functionality to my life and sharing some ideas and fun with you. I’ll share my stories along the way – the good, the bad and definitely the oh so very ugly! 🙂
Your turn! Are you an organizational wizard or a little bit more in my camp? What areas in your life could benefit from a little organization?
Have a great Friday and for my friends facing bitter cold, snow and general winter misery today – stay safe and warm!