Organization comes pretty easy to me. Since the home I grew up in was in total and utter chaos at all times, my Dad says that I must have some how tapped into my great-great-Grandmother’s personality. She was a German immigrant who ran a dairy farm in Kansas. Her house was super organized and her farm and home were managed well, she was not a woman to be messed with. I so wish I could have met her, but I do feel her in my bones.
Keeping my home orderly is very important to me. If my house is messy or things are not where they are supposed to be, I feel anxiety rising up. I begin to not feel safe in my own home, which of course, is how I felt as a child. But even if you came from a happy home, I think organization is really important.
It helps busy moms do their jobs better. If you don’t always put your keys in the same spot, you are wasting valuable time searching for them. Time you could be spending hanging out with your family or do something to relax.
Starting a new organization project is easy for me, I enjoy the process and the outcome. It helps calm me down and makes me feel good. Having the urge to organize something is my cue that I have some emotional homework to do. It gives me a chance to sit with my feelings, explore them and then release it. But I think one of my biggest pieces of advice would be to start very, very small.
So say your child’s playroom needs to be organized. Don’t just say I am off to organize the entire playroom. Pick one thing in the playroom to organize, say the art supplies. And that’s it. Take 20 minutes and complete the task from beginning to end. It won’t feel so overwhelming and you still have a finished product at the end to give yourself a pat on the back.
Another big tip is just to think of your organization as a means to contain things. If you get a couple of bins, it will automatically look organized, even if each bin is not perfect on the inside. Just try to contain the mess.
I also tend to do things in stages, or an evolution of sorts, even in one area. So when I first got my craft table, I just folded up the fabric and threw tools into one big bin. Then later I added these and separated and contained everything better. A lot of that has to do with money, bins and storage things are expensive, so I buy a little at a time and build on the organization I already have.
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