Did you ever have that day where you had to send your spouse a text letting them know that when they walked into the house that it may be a tad messy? To me this is becoming more and more apparent that this is a necessary text message. I only have one child left at home and we no longer have a dog. The list of people that I can blame on being messy is very short. And they are smart enough to know who the real messy person is in our house.
I am the self proclaimed organizing expert. Not only am I self proclaimed but I have the credentials to prove how much I know about organizing. I am a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Not only am I a member but I am a Golden Circle member, which means I have been around for awhile and know my stuff, or should know my stuff!
So if I am messy is there hope for anyone else out there? The answer is yes. I know where I am falling apart and failing miserably at. Learn from my mistakes and don’t worry about being perfect in the process.
Set aside 20 minutes a day to just put things away. Last week I had three pairs of pants laying on my bed because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to wear. By the time I figured out what I was going to wear I needed to leave the house. So there they sat, and were moved to another area of my bedroom to be dealt with later.
Start your day earlier. I know we all like staying in bed until the last possible minute, but I am here to say to you, get up a little earlier. Wake up before the rest of the family. Start a load of laundry or finish a load. Take some time to simply breathe.
Make checklists. I have started doing that this week and I must say my days have been going better. The feeling of checking something off a list is so freeing. I want to shout on Facebook, “hey I just did a load of laundry!” as I check the box.
Meal plan. If you know what you are making for dinner before you leave the house for the day you will save so much time. You will be home so you can see what you have in the cabinets so that you are not overbuying and finding yourself with 15 cans of tomato sauce. Even getting the evening meal into the crockpot or the meat marinating to go on the grill will give you so much peace of mind during your day that you can focus on the important tasks at hand and find the 20 minutes you need to just put things away.
Focus on your problem areas for two weeks. My problem areas are my makeup and my clothes that are in transition, you know the ones. The clothes that have been worn once and aren’t dirty enough to get washed but not clean enough to be hung back up. So there they sit…in their transition chair. Waiting to be dealt with. You will find that after you have focused on your problem areas for two weeks that you will find solutions that work for you. Don’t give up after a few days, keep going! I know for me what needs to be done, see my tips above. If I do all of the tips I know in two weeks my problem areas will be taken care of.
And if my problem areas aren’t solved in that time period? Time to get another dog so I have someone to blame and who will love me despite my messy ways.
And now to deal with my other message that I frequently send, “there was not fire in the house. I was just browning meat.” True story.
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!