Hi friends, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about my husband’s definition of organizing. Basically his idea of organizing is all about just tidying up by putting your stuff into nice piles. And while that will certainly make your house look neater in the short term, in no time at all you’ll be right back to where you started, tidying up all over again. Do you ever feel like you can never get ahead and the piles, once started, just continue to grow and grow and grow? There’s a reason for that. Tidying up (in my opinion of course) typically involves the stuff shuffle dance where things just get randomly moved around to give the appearance of neatness.
Organizing, on the other hand, is about a specific PROCESS that includes purging and implementing systems for lasting change. Keep in mind though that when I say lasting change, I don’t mean do it once and done. We don’t live in bubbles after all. However it does mean that when done properly we add a simplicity to our lives that is not inviting to clutter and chaos. Well most of the time :)
Answer me this. When people come to your home do they see the clutter and piles of stuff lying about? Would you cringe if someone should drop by unannounced? Or do visitors see a tidy home as long as no one dares to open up a closet or a drawer? Do you hide clutter in random spots just to get it out of sight? Or worse, cover your piles with a sheet as if that somehow makes it better?
People just don’t want to take the time or be bothered making decisions about their excess stuff. Shoving it away, thinking you’ll deal with it another day, is certainly one way of managing it all but it’s not sustainable. If more stuff comes in then goes out we’ve got a problem. A big big problem. And then you’ve got to factor in life which can throw us some pretty hard curve balls every once and awhile. Many that we may have absolutely no control over. This can make a messy, unorganized house go from bad to worse in no time at all. This only adds more stress to an already undesirable situation.
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, back in the fall of 2014. I was really really sick and there were many days I couldn’t get out of bed. The flares are fewer and farther between now but I still get occasional days where I just don’t have the strength to do much of anything. Thankfully, the organized systems I have in place and the minimal clutter in our home means that my house doesn’t fall apart when I’m ill.
My kids have been doing chores since they were little so those things still get done regularly. Important things like clean bathrooms is the responsibility of my middle son (16) so not having to worry about that is such a comfort to me. The fact that I taught my kids to cook at a young age was such a blessing when I got sick because I knew they could quite easily fend for themselves. The hours of training when they were young was and is so so worth it. Believe me, I know it’s easier and faster to just do it ourselves sometimes. But you just never know when life is going to hand you a different set of circumstances. The time to organize your home and implement systems and chores is now before a crisis hits.
We can’t control everything that happens in our lives. But we can control the amount of stuff that comes in and out of our homes everyday.
To help you with organizing your home, follow these PROCESS steps I created plus use my free printable purge labels. The purging step is so very important. Ask yourself these questions when you declutter and regardless of how much joy something brings you, you’ve got to purge until it fits.
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So which would you rather, a temporary fix that is exhausting to manage time and time again? Or a lasting change that contributes to a peaceful, less stressed, clutter-free life? If you’ve got further questions for me, let me know in the comments. I’ll be happy to try and help.
You’ve got this!