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First step on the road to organized living

standard October 5, 2009 4 responses

We’re never going to be organized people. We’re never going to have the kind of home that’s featured in the pages of the Pottery Barn catalog. We’re OK with that. Really. We want a comfortable home, not a pristine one.

But we would like a home where guests can stop by on a moment’s notice without sending us into a cleaning frenzy. Where papers don’t overflow on every surface. Where toys and art projects clutter every room.

Today we took the first step towards that. We sat down and discussed, not what we needed to clean, but rather where the chaos was coming from. We figure if we can understand the origin of the clutter and stem it at the source we stand a better chance at keeping it under control.

So today we established that we have 5 main sources of clutter.

1) The mail – it comes in, it piles up, we ignore it… the piles breed. It gets ugly fast.
2) The girls’ art projects – two prolific little artists who color every waking moment create a lot of artwork. A lot.
3) The outgrown clothes – why do we keep feeding these kids? They grow every day and outgrow their clothes every other day!
4) The things that I get for review – boxes everywhere as far as the eye can see.
5) Papers – school papers, work papers, lots and lots of papers.

We started by setting up shelves in the garage where some of the bigger boxes and bins of outgrown kid clothes have gone to rest. Then M purged the front hall closet. And then I tackled the outgrown clothes.

We still have a ways to go. A long, long ways to go. We’ve taken a stab at the mail and set up a system that might work. And we have plans for how to handle the art work explosion. We even have a plan for all the rest. And we’re really very motivated for putting it all into place.

It’s all very exciting. And I promise I’ll let you know when it’s all done. You know, in case you ever want to stop in on a moment’s notice.

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4 responses

  • You never know, I may just pop on in one day soon. When I’m in the area, of course. haha

    Sound like today was one heck of a busy and productive day.

    Oh, and if you’re wondering… Yes, I snuck over and took a look at this post a day before it reached my email inbox. Can never have enough bloggity fun! 🙂

  • I hear you!!! That is the big deal for me. I don’t want to have a panic attack when I hear my husband inviting a neighbor to “swing by.”

    I keep a canvas bag in my son’s closet and as soon as I think “that isn’t really fitting,” I put the item of clothing into it. Then, once a season, or sooner if the bag is full, I go through it and sort into give-away and store piles.

    Good luck!

  • I’m impressed! I should probably do the same exercize.. any time my husband tells me someone is coming over, I flip into panic mode 🙂 Someday I’ll come up with a system!

  • Ooh, I can hardly wait to hear your tips! My office has become the dumping ground whenever people stop by… I really need to start going through the clothes, too…the girls AND mine to get rid of stuff.

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