There is an organizing continuum, from hoarders to clean freaks. The great majority of us live somewhere in the middle.
I have always been more on the side of organized than disorganized, but there have been 2 times in my life where I was a wreck. The first was when we had 2 babies at home, medical issues and I was working fulltime from home.
The second time was a few years ago when I attempted to re-enter the work force fulltime. I lasted 18 months.
On January 1, 2012, I started this blog and my quest to take back our home and organize it once and for all.
But you see, organizing ISN’T once and for all. Our passions change. Our kids grow up and go through stages of life. We move, get divorced, have a loved one pass away and can fall into depression.
LIFE HAPPENS, and when it does, chaos reigns.
I guess that’s why I love being a professional organizer so much. I LOVE going into a chaotic situation and in a matter of days “resetting” the household back to a home.
It’s too much to do on your own. I have already admitted I can’t organize myself like I can organize you.
I have to organize myself just like you are if you are using blogs like mine to give you ideas and motivation to tackle the next junk drawer, clean out the storage room and organize your kid’s artwork.
One day. One project at a time.
So, I have been working like crazy on my house. The first few months of this blog I went through my WHOLE house in 40 days. Crazy!
This was a fast paced – labor intensive time, but I got rid of probably 30% of our stuff. I felt lighter and more in control of our home.
This year, I am breaking that challenge out into the 40 weeks of school. I know many of you are starting to see a lot of success now that we are in week 19!
I, too, am doing the challenges and tweaking my systems. I estimate that I have eliminated another 20% of our STUFF.
My mindset has totally changed about STUFF. I don’t know if it is because I am over 40, or what, but I can pitch stuff within minutes of it entering the house.
My kids came back from grandma’s, and the majority of the trinkety stuff was pitched that night. I am just tired of little junk all over my house.
I am such a functional organizer: $1 plastic shoeboxes, using what you have, maximizing space inside cabinets.
But I WANT to be a PRETTY organizer. You know… those Pottery Barn rooms, Better Homes and Gardens magazines and blogs like i HEART Organizing.
So my goal this year is to give myself permission to make 12 spaces in my home “pretty.” So far on my list are:
- A props closet
- Beautifying my master bathtub area
- A new home binder
- Better recipe storage
- Scrapbook storage
- My office
- Our family room wall
Organization IS about function, but as you move along the organization continuum, there is room for beauty. And I am ready for some beauty!
What about you? Have you made some Pretty Organization Projects? Come share pictures in the Organize 365 Facebook group!