Now I am very organized when it comes to scheduling dates and trips and naps and food and blogging.
But when it comes to LIVING? Well…
So this past weekend I decided I was going to GET ORGANIZED. I bought binders for everyone in our family (including my seventeen month old — she actually has more in her binder than anyone else at the moment). We now put school forms and mail and bills into our very own Trapper Keepers. Instead of on my desk. Or on the floor. In a massive pile of IMPORTANT STUFF that accidentally gets recycled.
And I started finding HOMES for everything else. Which means I have to put up notes to figure out what BRILLIANT PLACE I put things.
But after the dog leash, I stopped. Because THIS is a bit overwhelming:
oh yes, this room
and the mess made babies in this room
and then I find this
So I ask: How can I get more organized and still be lazy?
Because I’m running out of rooms in which to hide. The mess keeps FOLLOWING ME.
Answer that said what I was thinking so didn’t really help me at all. Lydia/@uvaleg writes: I read all the comments hoping someone would have a solution… I see there are a lot of us with the MUST-ORGANIZE-but-so-lazy disorder. That 15 minutes thing (with a timer that dings or beeps—KEY!) worked pretty well for me for a while. Then I got lazy and stopped doing the timer. So that sucked. I think people who are organized have less stuff is the best I can figure. But for some reason no matter how many giant SUV-loads of crap I take to Goodwill, I can never get there! It’s maddening.
Answer that shows I’m powerful enough to drive people to drink. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points writes: Umm…you know what blog I write, right?? WOMAN WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? Inter-product sink dating? Mess-breeding experiments? SHOE ORGIES? I…I….I’m feeling a little woozy. I don’t know where to start. It’s not even noon and now I need a cocktail.
Answer that’s actually an answer. Kat writes: 15 minutes a day. (or 5, or 10, or whatever floats your boat.) Set a timer, declutter one spot, stop when the timer ends. When you finish the spot work elsewhere in the room, when you finish the room move to the next one. Slowly, slowly, you will notice a change. And it will only cost you a few quarter-hour commitments. I also find you need to have ample storage. It does no good to shuffle a pile from one corner to another. And finally, for your own sanity, tackle kid messes after everything else is under control. I’ve been having a low-motivation mood the past few weeks, so the toys just go from every room around the house right to her bedroom floor. She knows how I feel about the mess, but I’m not about to waste precious resources cleaning something that will just come out in 5 minutes, anyway. Then I close her door so not to have to look at it all…
Oh, also, because I am a total nerd I find having an app helps. Because I’m not playing on my phone, I am getting organized! It is serious business, yo. I build my own custom routines on HomeRoutines – first $5 app I ever purchased, but after getting over the price tag I love it and use it all the time. Sometimes my house even looks clean more than one day at a time!