I admit it has taken me considerably too long to realize that creating new ways to organize is not going to solve the epic mess cycle in our home. It has been a long process that continues to evolve, but I am starting to figure out how to stop trying to do things the 'organized people' way and do them MY way. A great example of my new insight happened the other day when my husband showed me a cool boot rack made of horseshoes and suggested we purchase it because he is tired of tripping over the kids' boots every night when he gets home. I sarcastically replied, “Sure! I bet it would look real nice with a pile of boots in front of it!” He didn't think it was as funny as I did.
Another thing that helped me realize I am not cut out for taking advice happened last year when a number of my friends were raving about www.flylady.net. I figured I would give it a try, even though I was pretty sure most of them were naturally more organized than myself. I will admit that I started out with a less-than-positive attitude about the likelihood of success. I was pretty much acting like a whiny, excuse-making brat because I don’t like getting dressed and wearing shoes in my house while I clean. However, I honestly do believe having seven kids and a larger-than-average house are legitimate obstacles to the fly lady’s plan. Despite all that, I started the first step, which consists of just shining the sink every day. I did it for a few days and then forgot for a couple and then did it for a few more days. Then about two weeks later, I suddenly thought to myself, “Oh yeah, I was doing that sink shining thing! Oh well, I guess I am just not fly lady material.” I did the same thing when I started planking to get my tummy back in shape after seven pregnancies. So until my kids are all old enough to not starve when left to their own devices, I will stick with feeding them as my only every single day chore.
My plans for organizing can be amazing plans, but the execution rarely works. Even though this is a hallmark of my rare personality type, I am certain I am not the only one struggling with this. Why do you think there are a bazillion ‘how to’ posts about organizing out there? Over the next couple weeks, I am going to post my organizing philosophies. I realize I am doing what I just got done complaining about, but I promise it will not be like anything you have seen before. I think making beds is a stupid waste of time and cleaning is done best while looking like a slob. If you agree, check back (or sign up for my monthly newsletter via the pop-up) if you are also frustrated with the same old organizing advice.
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