Having an organized home or office is wonderful. When you have straightened and cleaned, you have such a sense of accomplishment. By placing items in their proper place, you not only are organizing, but composing a setting that is comfortable.
Maintaing that composure can be challenging. But doing just a little bit of daily or weekly maintenance, you actually save time. When you have to do a big project it may take longer because your enthusiasm wanes quickly. But taking just one or two small actions, you maintain your composure with little time or effort.
Here are some of my quickie maintenance items that maintain my composure!
Keeping up with your maintenance items (keeping the composure you put together) not only keeps things tidy, but you may prohibit further cluttering by visually seeing that the house is tidy.
I recently read that you can tell a lot about how organized someone's house is by looking in their refrigerator. My first thought was "that's ridiculous!"
And then I looked in my fridge. Hmm, maybe there was some truth to that statement.
I applied the +1 action plan and cleaned out the door of my refrigerator. Not the entire refrigerator, just the door. Tackled that one little thing. Small space, big return!
Don't you love it when you get something new? It's exciting. It seems to just sparkle and is the perfect decoration, piece of clothes, serving dish or organizer that will make your life somehow better.
Jump ahead one month, six months or a year. Do you still see it in the same light? Do you see it at all?
Take a quick glance at one small area of your house that you haven't really looked at before. Try a drawer in your kitchen, the bathroom pantry or a shelf in your kitchen. Look at it for one minute. Now sit down and write what you saw. No counting what you know is already in there.
What did you actually see? If there are things that you didn't remember seeing, are those items that can be edited out? Honestly ask yourself why not. If you didn't even remember that it was there after just looking at it, do you honestly need it?
We see both what we expect and want to see. Our minds focus on what is important. Need proof?
"But there are only so many hours in the day" you say. And you would be right. Except we tend to think that time is a commodity that we have an abundance of. "I'll do it tomorrow" you say. But how many tomorrows are there?
We don't like to think about negative things. In her book "Willful Blindness", Margaret Heffernan states that we avoid because want to always protect our self esteem. "We need to feel good about ourselves even, or especially, when we are bad." Absence of conflict makes us happy.
We don't like to deal with the everyday stuff (laundry, recycling, organizing the linen closet) much less larger conflicts (emergencies, insurance, wills, final wishes) We don't even want to think about those big issues much less discuss them. Ever go to a party and have a good time because you were all talking about how great it is that you already paid your funeral costs? Talk about raining on a parade!
Yes there are only so many hours in the day. But that's exactly the point. There are only so many hours left - period.
What are you putting off until tomorrow that you can do one little thing about today.
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.