April 26, 2011
Dirty Little Secret
I have clearly let things slip around my house. In all my excitement for organizing other people, I’ve managed to accumulate a junk drawer all my own. For the record, I could try to blame this on my husband, but he’s probably the most organized guy I know. Or I could have “forgotten” to mention it to you, but that didn’t feel right either. So, I went ahead and took some photos to bring this dirty little secret to light…
So, what does this mean in the grand scheme of getting organized?
- Nobody is perfect. I’m guessing it put you at ease to know that even a professional organizer needs to work at staying organized. So, don’t be so hard on yourself.
- Organizational systems take maintenance. And, from time to time, a system is going to break down. Just hope it’s not a big one (but you can call Urban Simplicity if it is).
- Each drawer, shelf, or space should have a defined purpose. Figure out what that purpose is and stick to it.
- As you notice organizing projects, jot them down on a list. Trust me, I knew that junk drawer was growing, but since I didn’t have it written on my list, it was out of sight, out of mind. Plus, a list is handy, because you likely won’t have time to deal with a project when you first notice it.
- Schedule time on your calendar, say, an hour or two each weekend, to tackle a project. Approaching one project at a time will keep you from feeling overwhelmed, and your progress will keep you motivated.
Hopefully, this gives you a realistic way to look at your organizing challenges. Don’t forget, we’re all human! What matters is that we keep making the effort to do things better.