Though I did not write a post about New Year’s Resolutions, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. It either means most of them are too mundane to bore you with, or that I am not really ready to commit to them–I will let you figure out which one is true.
One of these goals, which I am stating here, is the need to de-clutter and better organize my home environment. Pretty much every drawer, closet, shelf, table top and floorspace needs some reorganization–from minor to full-blown, should be featured on television, kind of reorganization.
Yes, I’ve seen those shows, but they don’t really seem to inspire me. They don’t speak to me. If I put all my stuff in Rubbermaid containers, I’d forget they were there and I would probably go out and buy more of the same stuff when I couldn’t find it.
Just as an aside–don’t you wish they would go back to these homes that have been organized a year later to see if the people have kept up with what they promised? I do? I wish they just showed up one Saturday morning. That expert who reorganized everything would probably break down and cry.
I am not terrible. At times, I can organize. The picture above is a before and after shot of my hobby desk. As you can see, at times, I can make everything seem neat and tidy. I just don’t know how long it will last. I must admit, my ex-wife was much better at this than I was. She appreciated organization from both a functional and aesthetic perspective. I think I worked better under her directions. Mostly, I just feel a bit overwhelmed and wonder where to start…then I check the computer for inspiration, see a couple of YouTube videos… then it’s time for bed.
I have bought lots of “organizers” or products that are supposed to make organizing things easier. I have a file drawer for bills and receipts. I have even gone paperless on some bills just to save the space. None of it really seems to make a difference.
What I do know, making something a habit takes a month or so. If you can do something for a month, then you can make it part of your routine. (I learned this from a friend her on WP). Unfortunately, I have to get everything organized before I can keep it organized.
The plan is to tackle one space, or one category a day (or every other day depending on how busy I am). I say space because not everything that needs to be organized is a room. My kitchen pantry needs an overhaul, but that really isn’t a room. All my clothes need to assessed, folded and stored. My bookshelves…. I could go on, but you get the point.
What I need from you people is two things. One is advice. I can’t guarantee I will follow any of it, but I will read it The second is some accountability. I need some of you to remind me of my plans, so that I will feel guilty enough to get it done. Sorry to put this burden on you.