Organizing and such…

7 Mar

As of late, I’ve been knuckling down a bit more on organizing/culling/maintaining cleanliness in my home. I must say it’s due in part to FlyLady. I learned about her a few years ago, was interested, but it didn’t really seem very necessary at that point in time (pre-kids). No one really messed up anything, no one really was around for much of the day, I could leisurely plan and execute meals (for fun!) and once I cleaned something it really did stay clean for longer than five minutes!

Since we’ve lived in this house for about 5 1/2 years now and have added 2 kids to it, things feel like they’ve gotten a bit out of control (to me). I hate clutter and I love throwing things out. It’s just that when you’re running around all day and finally have a moment or two to yourself, then really the last thing I feel like doing is organizing or cleaning up large projects. Everywhere I look around it seems like there’s something I want to organize or rearrange or get rid of. Problem is, I guess when I think about how much there is to do, I get overwhelmed and do nothing. Then the feeling builds and I end up getting annoyed about everything and how messy stuff is. I can definitely live with toys on the floor for the day because, honestly, there is no point in cleaning them up until bedtime. It’s just asking for extra work!

I got out “Sink Reflections” from the library. It’s FlyLady’s book (although everything is on her website in even more detail www.flylady.net) and it really spoke to me since it was pretty much the kick I am on at this point in time. A couple of things that stood out to me were that you’re never behind. Just jump in where you are. Also, things didn’t get messy/cluttered/disorganized in a day; don’t expect to fix it all in one day. Take it 15 minutes per day at a time. You will see improvement.

Today, since I had some time that I felt like cleaning or whatever during the day, I went through all my plastic storage containers. Now, I’m pretty good about only keeping the ones that have lids, etc, but I really seemed to have an abundance of containers. I kept the ones I truly use, and am getting rid of the rest. (I’m really lucky there are pickups from Big Brothers and Developmental Disabilities Association so I don’t have to wonder where to take my stuff to). I also am getting rid of about 6 extra cutting boards (I know, seriously, who needs 9 cutting boards!) and just keeping the ones I really like.

Another task is to go through all the books we have and donate many of them. We have TONS of books and really, who needs them all? I’m also going through the kids’ books and getting rid of the ones I don’t like 😉 I told Maya today to pick some to give to kids who don’t have any books. She kind of got it, but wouldn’t let me give away any “big” books. Apparently those less fortunate are to suffer with smaller sized board books.

I’d also like to go through my “loose” recipes, meaning they’re actually all in a binder together, but really are not all being used of course. I have an app on my Mac called YummySoup and it’s pretty cool. You can import your recipes all together into this one program and categorize them at the same time. It will definitely take me a while to get those all in the program, but at least I can leave out the ones I don’t like or don’t use.

So things are a work in progress, and I’m ok with that. Just to clarify, this is not considered “nesting”. Only sanity.

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One Response to “Organizing and such…”

  1. Rachel March 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    I LOVED THIS POST!!!! Ohhhhhhh, I so relate. I was just about to blog about this exact thing. It must be spring-is-coming fever. Good work Jen!!!

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