Happy Mothers Day!
Aren’t you grateful someone decided to set this day aside to honor and recognize Mom’s?
I had grand plans to do a blog post this week dedicated to ‘just us mom’s but life happened and those well intended plans got lost in a sea of busyness. Maybe another day – when I don’t have a day job. 🙂
Today I will continue to answer the questions you (my subscribers) sent in response to a recent email.
So let’s jump right in – The #1 Organizing Question you asked went something like this:
I organize – but it never seems to stay that way – What am I doing wrong?
Truth is – you may not be doing anything wrong. You’ve just created some unrealistic expectations for yourself.
Before going further you first must determine if the problem is really about being organized or about being tidy – there is a difference and before you can solve the problem you need to determine what the real issue is.
If the problem is a ‘tidy’ issue you just need make sure you’re taking the time to put things back where they belong when you’re through with them, piles of clutter will make you ‘feel’ disorganized even though it’s a temporary situation that will resolve itself as soon as things are returned to their rightful ‘homes.’
But if you’re following the basic organizing rules 🙂 like:
* Putting things back where they belong when you’re through with them
* One item in, One item out
* And, you’ve created a home for everything you own – but you’re still struggling it could be, you’re making one of these organizing mistakes. (I hate calling them ‘mistakes’ but it’ll have to work for now)
Hey, how does misguided wisdom sound? Oh well – whatever you choose to call them here they are:
- Purchasing organizing supplies before organizing
When this happens you often end up with the wrong size container or product – however, you try to ‘make it work anyway’ – because you’ve already spent the money. If its not working – let it go – otherwise you just end up frustrated. Maybe you can use it somewhere else but if not – you have my permission to just – Let it go!
- Being too specific in your efforts
Example: when you organized your pantry, you got all excited and created individual baskets for ‘crackers, nuts and candy’ rather than just one basket for “Snacks.”
Work with your personality not against it. (often just getting things in the pantry is an accomplishment)
We often have this misguided concept that when we ‘get organized’ life will be perfect and things will never get messy again – Nothing could be further from the truth.
You also need to remember when scrolling through Pinterest that (most of ) the photos of perfectly organized rooms have been staged for ‘photo purposes’ only.
They’re intended for inspiration and not to heap guilt on you if yours doesn’t look like that.
You can TOTALLY have an organized pantry without have ‘perfectly lined up, color coordinated jars.’
(btw – if you pantry looks like this I’m not criticizing – it’s just not reality for most of us – and I just want folks to know you can be organized without being ‘picture perfect.’)
- Using containers with uneven bottoms or sides
I know they’re cute 😊 but if the sides or bottoms of your containers (baskets) aren’t flat or square you will constantly struggle to keep the items you put inside upright or flat – just do yourself a favor and trust me on this one – those cute baskets that are wider at the top than they are at the bottom – only work if you’re ‘tossing’ things in the basket (like toys, socks and such) they do NOT work for shampoos, cleaning supplies or anything that needs to stand up.
- Setting up impractical organizational systems
Keep items you use often close to where you use them.
Is it possible that you’re too organized? In your efforts to get organized did you create systems that are impractical to maintain?
Example: All your pens and pencils are in a shoe box on the top shelf of the closet – Now, every time you need one you have to get a step stool and ‘climb’ to get it. And, even though you ‘mostly’ use your scissors in the kitchen you have them stored in a desk on the 3rd floor – simply because ‘everyone’ else stores theirs there. (these examples are a bit extreme but you get the picture)
- Failing to take advantage of vertical spaces
This is probably the #1 thing I see when working with clients individually – We’re trained to think horizontally – after all that’s how we read, write and watch TV. So we have to re-train our brains to think vertically.
Use hooks to hang items on the wall space in a pantry or the back of a cabinet door.
One of my FAVORITE organizing products is a clear shoe organizer (like the one below) I use them ‘everywhere’ to take advantage vertical spaces in bathrooms, bedrooms and the pantries. Sometime you have to think outside the box.
In its purest form being organized is the ability to:
Find what you need – when you need it, in a minute or less!
However you arrive to this destination is up to you!
Listen – Getting Organized changed my life – Literally – so I acknowledge how important it is, just don’t set yourself up for failure by creating unrealistic expectations.
Life is too short to become ‘obsessive’ about anything – especially getting organized. It’s all about BALANCE.
You want to be organized enough to be live a productive life but as Michael J Fox once said: “I strive for excellence and leave perfection to God.”
Hey, if this has helped you please take a minute and comment below, and if you know someone who is struggling this area feel free to SHARE this post with them.
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