Have you ever noticed the messier your house is the less you get done? Or even the more clutter, the worse you feel… So why can’t you get organized?
You have to get rid of the excuses before you can get rid of the clutter. It’s just that simple. All the organizing tips in the world will not help one bit if you are still holding on to your reasons (code name for excuses) as to why you can’t get organized.
We all have priorities of what matters to us. And no matter what we say, our actions really do speak loud and clear about what’s in our hearts. If it’s important enough, we’ll find a way. But sometimes we need to kick some junk out (in this case, excuses) before we can focus on what we want.
I have a free article I want to share with you called Get Organized in 5 Easy Steps, but before we can get to that, let’s address the variety of excuses that we use to hold us back from a little organization and simplicity in our lives.
One of my neighbors in Houston.. hello Barbara if you’re reading this.. had eight children ranging in age from about fourteen years to a newborn. Her husband worked fulltime while she was a nurse (I think 72 hours straight, then off the rest of the time).. Anyway, my point, and I do have one!
My point is, she had one of the most organized (and clean) homes on the block. I remember she had a laundry system where each child had their own basket. Whoever was doing the laundry..and all the kids pitched in.. would simply fill up each basket for the owner to retrieve and put away. Of course each basket was neatly stored on a built-in shelf in the laundry room before it made its way into the kid’s rooms. I suppose Barbara and hubby had a basket too, now that I think about it.
The reason I illustrate the story of my Houston neighbors, is because I knew that would be one of the first excuses to pop up! “Not enough time.” So let’s lay out some of the most common excuses first:
- Not enough time
- I’ve always been this way
- Everyone else in the family is a slob
- It’s too overwhelming
- I don’t know where to start
Let’s tackle them one by one.
Not enough time
First of all, you do know that time is the one thing we all have the same amount of on any given day, right? Obviously we fill our time up differently, depending on our priorities.
I’m not going to get into a big debate about this because here’s the bottom line: It takes less time to be organized then to be disorganized. Yes, you know it’s true! If you take five minutes to hang your clean clothes up, you’ll save that in one morning of desperately searching for a particular garment. Now multiply that by several mornings of searching and you get what I mean. Or how about searching for keys or misplaced school books? You know I’m right.
I’ve always been this way
Girl, this is probably the lamest excuse in the bunch! Do not use this one, because it holds you back on so many levels it’s not even funny. Your past does not have to equal your future IF you make a decision to change your actions. Different actions get different results, period.
Everyone else in the family is a slob
OK, even I will admit this can be challenging. If you get in gear and start organizing but then everyone else throws stuff around, it can get frustrating. If it’s your kids, perfect! You have the opportunity to teach them to be good stewards of their belongings. After all, you’re the mom. If it’s your spouse, ya’ll can either have (what we like to say in Texas) a ‘come to Jesus talk’ or an understanding that you don’t see eye to eye.
But all is not lost if your spouse refuses to change his/her messy ways! There are plenty of areas that you can declutter and keep organized. Your purse, your car, your papers, your closet, etc. Even getting these spots in order will bring you tremendous relief and clarity. And there is always the possibility that your organization will encourage your spouse to keep the house a bit tidier.
It’s too overwhelming + I don’t know where to start
These two go together because I’m giving you the free organizing article I told you about earlier that will address both of these issues. I have some very simple tips in there so you can get started today towards organizing your life!
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