Welcome to the first edition of Ask the Freak, your questions answered! A couple of months ago I was crazy enough to ask you to leave a question for me in order to be entered into a giveaway I was doing. I was expecting maybe 100 nice and simple questions….you know questions like what type of shampoo I use or maybe what type of cereal I eat every morning. Gulp, imagine my surprise when I was showered with 463 comments and all of them GOOD organizing questions that require
a little a lot of thought of my behalf. So I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I’ll only be answering a few questions at a time. I do intend to get to them all eventually though because even I want to know the answers to some of them!
Question #1 ~ Barb wanted to know how I became so determined to organize every single aspect of my life. Was I like this when I was young?
I got quite a few questions like this actually. I definitely don’t think I was a born organized type. When I was a teenager I can clearly remember not being able to find my dresser top as it was so cluttered with products! I truly believe that organizing is a skill anyone can learn though. I think it finally dawned on me how beneficial organizing was when we moved into our first home. It was small at 900 square feet and I quickly realized that I needed to get pretty creative if I wanted to keep us (four of us at the time) from living in constant chaos and tripping over one another and all our stuff. It started with us converting a closet in our dining room into a “computer room”. My hubbie thought I’d lost my marbles when I suggested it too. Now he fondly looks back on it as a “stroke of genius”. I wouldn’t go that far but it’s sweet he thinks so. I loved having our office in the dining room and I loved that I could close the doors when I was done and no one was the wiser. I had all our office supplies in there and all of our files. I miss it still even though we no longer live there. Anyway creating that closet unleashed a passion in me that to this day hasn’t grown old. Before I knew it I was adding extra shelves in the top of all our closets and my container buying frenzy slowly started taking over my life!
Question #2 ~ Janeen asked what the hardest room in my house is to keep organized and how I do it?
Well the hardest rooms hands down are my kids rooms and only because I let them have a say in how it is going to be done. It would be so easy for me just to go in and do it for them and make the decisions myself about what stays or what goes. Unfortunately it wouldn’t teach them anything so over time I’ve been slowly trying trying to introduce them to the PROCESS steps and empower them to make some of these decisions on their own. This is NOT easy for me to do and some days I just want to haul a big ole garbage bag in there so fast because I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE (okay maybe I have done this once or twice)! Other days I see them carry out one of the steps on their own and I rejoice.
Question #3 ~ How can I get through the Container Store without leaving a trail of drool behind me?
Definitely can’t be done, bring tissues :)
I hope you have enjoyed this first installment and will join me again next week for Edition #2 of Ask the Freak!