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Hi all! So you’ve got to know how excited I get when I see the organizing light come on for participants of this challenge. Let there be light! I sit here reading through the posts and comments fist pumping and shouting the word YES at the same time. It’s awesome! (you, not me fist pumping). Here’s what one reader, from Barefoot Deliberations, had to say:
“It also dawned on me that organizing is just planning specific spaces… Instead of planning a room for living, I planned my cupboard for living! Last week it was my closet and the week before, TroubleMaker’s Dresser… It is all starting to make a surprising amount of sense to me now!”
And did she ever plan! Check out this terrific sketch she did to map out her pantry layout:
Nicely done! You can read more of her process and see her after pictures here.
Now for a little eye candy. Over at Need to Change (I didn’t say that, it’s her blog name!) her weekly project was to tackle the shelf above her desk. She did a great job!
Love those Ikea cups, so versatile! (by the way today is the last day to enter to win a $150.00 Ikea shopping spree!!) I love how she really thought out her needs and why her current system wasn’t working for her. Details here.
So why do you want to get organized anyway?
Seriously is being able to find something when you need it not motivation enough? No? How about to avoid being annoyed when you open up a freezer and have an ice pack fall on your foot. Yep that happened to me just the other day. So not happy about that. It makes me cranky and you so don’t want to see me cranky…ha! Or how about so you have more time to watch Undercover Boss bake up delicious batches of brownies? Okay let’s be honest I don’t bake up brownies, but you might want to which is cool. I’d only eat the whole batch myself and then I’d be just be annoyed which would then make me cranky. Are you seeing the cycle here?
Gosh so many reasons to organize! How about so you don’t buy any more envelopes because you’ve misplaced the three boxes you bought a couple months ago. What’s with all the envelopes people? I’m one to talk, have you seen my post it note collection? LOVE them! I sit and draw hearts on them and then color the hearts in. That’s how I get my best thinking done. Apparently for my mind to work, my hands have to be moving. Weird.
Okay so not all reasons to get organized are good ones…don’t do it to impress your friends or because I said so. Really. Do it for you. Do it for your family.
Don’t be worried that you don’t have fancy baskets or colorful labels. Those things are the fluff that can be brought in afterwards if your little heart desires…..nothing wrong with cardboard boxes and masking tape labels. For now let’s get down to the nitty gritty of knowing why we want to get organized in the first place and making it happen. For me, I don’t like to be annoyed so I’ve always got that in the back of my mind. I’m constantly asking myself “how can I fix this so it doesn’t bother me anymore?”
There are no right or wrong answers here and it’s okay if your answer is different from the next.
Not go get organized….because I said so! Oh I mean because you want to. Don’t you? :)
Questions to ponder:
1. Name ONE reason you want to get organized. It will be neat to see the variety of answers.
2. What did you organize last week & were you happy with the way it turned out?
3. Have you had any breakthroughs or a-ha moments yet? I would love to hear them!
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