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Happy Friday! Thanks to everyone who linked up last week. You gals are really getting things done, whoot! So proud of all of you! Although I have to tell you I nearly died when I visited Allysgrandma’s site and read this:
“I think I am going to quit the challenge. It is not helping, I see no results, it is making my life more stressful, the other participants are uninspiring……”
Um, gulp. Thankfully I kept reading and this is what came next:
Oh my word, whew! She sure got me good :)
So when we first moved into our new home I set up the back of my office door, using 3M Command hooks, as a Nintendo DS holding station. In other words when the DS’s weren’t in use that is where they were to live (I don’t like the kids to keep them in their rooms). This is what worked for us in the old house. However, as you can see from the back of my office door, this system clearly wasn’t working for us now.
Empty! Nope not working out so good. The 5th step in the organizing PROCESS is to evaluate the system. Is it working? Is it being maintained? What can be modified? Well I definitely needed to modify something here. Where were the DS’s ending up? In the living room. On the floor. I got tired of nagging them to hang them up in the office so sometimes you just have to stop fighting it and come up with another solution. That solution for me is a DS basket right in the living room that they can just throw everything into.
And it’s working! DS’s are getting put away and even though I’d prefer them out of sight in my office, this has turned out to be a great compromise and compromises are important. You avoid a lot of struggles that way, trust me! It’s a small thing but boy does it make a difference to my piece of mind. Yet, it initially took me awhile to even figure out how much time I was wasting being annoyed by the system that wasn’t working. This is why it’s so important to stop once and awhile and evaluate how things are working in all areas of your home. To ask ourselves how can we make this different so everyone wins.
Don’t just keep doing the same things, expecting different results.
It rarely happens. At least not before you pull all your hair out anyway :)
Alright friends, time to get cracking. Little bit by little bit. You are doing great!! If you are just joining us, you can find a complete list of all the 52 Weeks of Organizing posts here. Jump on in and start organizing, it’s never too late!
- Have you got a system that needs some evaluation?
- Pay attention to the areas that annoy you the most. What can you tweak to make it work? Who might you need to compromise with?
- What was your organizing highlight from last week?
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