Friday, November 18, 2011

Mommy's Project: Organizing

Organizing is something I use to think I was good at.  Then over time I realized I'm not really that good at organizing, but I am good at moving things from one pile to another.  I don't know if it is the fact that I'm thirty-five (half way to 70) or what, but lately I've just really been wanting to clean up my life.  This includes organizing things better.  You say "like what", and I say "where to begin"...

My basement is truly a basement- it has poor lighting, minimal windows (just one sliding glass door  to walk out patio, and is constantly in a clutter.  Organizing the basement would be a great start to making the space more enjoyable to spend time in, but I start the organization process, but never seem to finish it. 

"Aha!- that is what I am- a half-ass Organizer!  I purge and move things around, but never really organize the area.  Along with the basement would be my closet/wardrobe.  I've started the process and have two piles of clothes that need to go to Goodwill, but haven't finished the organizing.  I still don't have all my summer outfits put away and all of my winter sweaters out.  So of course I'm not making the most out of my wardrobe, which is another way in which I think organizing the closet/wardrobe would help me.  I have a lot of clothes, but sometimes feel like I'm constantly wearing the same thing over and over and over again. 

Organizing my life would of course include organizing my time better.  I need to look at my back post of the book about how to manage your week, not just your day, and by looking at how I'm spending time, maybe that would be a help to organizing my time better. 

Organizing my office at work would be another big endeavor.  I tear out all of these articles thinking that I will get to them and read them, but I don't seem to get to it and so the piles of unread articles keep piling up.  Along with the articles are papers that I haven't looked at in years, yet I'm fearful one day I just my need that college paper on this and that to help me with my current project, etc.  I know, I know, dump it and move  on and that would be a great step at  organizing my work space and hopefully also organizing my work time. 

So what to do- well I think getting a project done, even if it takes all day, would be a fine step, but then I feel guilty, because while I'm doing all of this organization what am I missing- what are my kids doing while I take all day to organize the basement?  If they are in the basement while I'm trying to organize you know what will happen- toys will be out, tears will be shed about that toy or this toy being put up for adoption at Goodwill.  So do you ship your kids off with friends, family, hubby for the afternoon and miss out on family time.  Oh the fun of being a mom and constantly feeling like you are on a see saw.  I think first step for me is to get my organization priority list made and try to conquer what I can.  If any of you have great organizational tools or ideas I'm all ears.

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to find the time to dedicate to a full-on organizing project, especially with little kids around. I like to get the kids involved by having them sort, help move, or decide what to keep and not (which is often overruled by Mommy and Daddy). Otherwise, we do our best and use a whole weekend to get things done. For our basement (unfinished), we took an entire month, doing something each day/night, to get it done. PITA, but worth the pain!