No More Tomorrow, Start Today
Alright. I am finally ready to start 2019. I’ve enjoyed the 4-month trial period, and I am ready to purchase full access for the year. It’s taken me 4 months to get it together, but hey, Spring is for new beginnings, right?
New Year’s Resolutions are so tricky. You plan to do something differently with your life with all of the best intentions. That “new you” seems so permanent, all you need to do is to follow through with those aspirations. But of course, if you don’t accomplish your goal, you feel like you failed. We feel so much pressure to avoid failing those new goals that the fear of failure can be paralyzing. So more often than not, you don’t even try… or you put it off for next Monday. You don’t feel bad if you tell yourself, “I’ll start that tomorrow.” Ah yes, the beautiful self-talk of procrastination. At least that’s how I have often functioned in the past. But with the sunshine and warmer weather, I’m realizing it’s time to take a step forward and check some of those “I’ll do that later” items off of my lists.
One of the biggest tasks I’ve been avoiding is organizing my house. Have you joined the KonMari craze? If not, telling you to pause here and go watch Marie Kondo on Netflix now might ruin your day…so I’ll just give you the Cliff’s Notes. Basically, this magical little woman travels far and wide searching for the messiest, most disorganized, inefficient homes across the country and tidies them up! She really seems to love this. (My house next please!!) Well, she doesn’t exactly do it for you, but she gives tips and tricks for keeping clutter and messes at bay. And BOY-oh-BOY do I need that in my life. I need to deep clean every room, every drawer, every closest, and even the attic. Just typing all of that out makes me anxious. It becomes so over whelming to me that it’s easier to say, “I’ll start that on Monday.” But not this time. This time, I am going to spring into action. I am going to use this season as my New Year Resolution reactivation period.
I am going to create a handy dandy list of all of the things I need to do in my home. I am going to ask the family to help and I am going to get things checked off! (yay, go me) And if I can do it with three kids, two full time jobs, a husband, and a cat…I know you can do it too. With this new found motivation to do something crazy…I’ve done a lot of research on how to make this more manageable. And by research, I mean Pinterest searching until I find methods I like and easy to read diagrams to get me started.
Here are some of the best tips for operation Organize Entire House:
Break your home into categories and sections. Clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental items. Kitchen, living room, dining room, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. In each section define how that room functions and create your organization based on those findings. An example might be a bathroom. We all know how that operates but if it’s the children’s bathroom, make notes of bath toy organization, tooth brush and tooth paste compartments, and easy, safe cleaning tools for the little ones.
Stop storing things! All of those operating manuals for the dishwasher, lawnmower, and roku are online and easy to find. All of those clothes you’re saving for “just in case” will “just collect dust!” Are you saving that copy of The Things They Carried for another book report? Throw out that VHS version of Cats that no one has watched for 5 years.
Little boxes… For those miscellaneous items that “spark joy”, which you’ve decided to keep, make use of small boxes nested in drawers or cubbies. These boxes should contain similar items- writing utensils, spices, tools, electronic cables- you name it! But they should all be in the same category.
Get the entire family involved. Even the little ones can help! Teach them about donating old clothes and toys. Show them how much easier their room will be to clean without all those toys they no longer play with.
Be patient with yourself. If you haven’t been extremely organized your entire life, it’s going to take time. This is a lifestyle change and it’s going to be great. #justkeepswimming
Maybe it’s not deep cleaning all the crevices of your home. Maybe it’s something else. Start that daily workout routine. Start that new diet. Start reading more, drawing or painting! Start planning mini dates with your children or significant other. You don’t have to wait for the next Monday, or Summer, or a new year to make it happen. The key is not to focus on the goal. There is no way to finish a large task in a single day. But it only takes one second to start, and it only takes a little bit of motivation and a new beginning like… Spring.