Today, I want to share a post from one of my favorite blogs – Organizing Made Fun. Someone once asked me how organizing can be fun. I guess it’s just who I am, but I absolutely love to organize. The kitchen area at our church is currently being remodeled. When it was announced, my first thought was, “Ooh! Ooh! Can I be the one to organize the new cabinets and storage areas? Pick me! Pick me!!” I actually got excited at the prospect. Is that weird? My mind simply cannot comprehend disorganized people. It hurts my brain.
Anyway, Becky just shared a list of right and wrong ways to organize. I thought it was a great list, so I’m going to share a condensed version of it. To see her full post, click the link a the end.
- try to organize everything like you see on Pinterest
- expect it to be easy. The longer you’ve neglected it, the harder it will be.
- give up after 5 minutes (or in my case, 5 days!)
- feel bad about asking for help
- overdo it by not giving yourself enough time
- put things in places that don’t make sense
- forget to put things back in their permanent spot
- expect everyone in your house to automatically know your organizing system
And I’d like to add one of my own: Don’t make it difficult! A simple system is best. Especially if you or your family members are not natural organizers, it can be overwhelming to keep it organized.
- use Pinterest for inspiration
- have realistic expectations for cleaning out a space
- consider what you can do without, you don’t have to keep everything
- know when to ask for help, from a friend or even a professional
- focus on one task at a time
- put things in logical places and use labels when necessary
- make it a habit to put things back in their proper places
- teach your children to make it a habit as well, but you must lead by example
- be flexible, do what works for you. Realize that there is not only one right way. Try several different things, if you wish, to see which works best.