I am not an organized person. I want to be. I pin pretty pictures of organized homes, and in a pinch, I’m really good at faking it. But at the end of the day, I’m not an organized person. But I’m going to be.
All right. *cracks knuckles* Here we go. I am getting started on my goals. First up? Organization. Being in the middle of building a home, and getting the current one ready to sell, my summer has largely consisted of cleaning the living room. (Feels that way anyway).
While I have purged and cleaned and packed, I needed more of a process. So I turned to my favorite organization book, organize now! I first read this book a few years ago, and I loved it. It gives a simple plan for organizing your entire life, one week at a time.
I still have my copy of the book, but it has been packed, and there’s an updated version. So instead of going to my mom’s where our packed boxes are being stored and unpacking a bunch of boxes looking for it, I treated myself to the updated version.
I really, truly, love this book. I like that Berry, the author, is a trained professional. I also like that she gives solid reasons for organizing. She addresses the psychology of clutter, the cost of clutter, and understands and addresses the emotional attachment we have to objects.
Mostly? I love how slow she makes the process. Too often, I try to jump into something and say “Hey, I’ll send the kids to my mom’s and then I’ll crank this out in a weekend!”
Yeah. That never happens. Ever. Because organizing and cleaning, and decluttering is exhausting. It’s a lot of work. There’s a good reason the cleaning services industry is a 46 billion dollar industry. I imagine if you ask just about anyone if they would get a housekeeper if they could afford it, the answer would be heck yes. I sure would.
So begins my journey to an organized home and life. I’m hoping to post updates nearly weekly, but I know myself, and I’m not making any promises. Week 1 is “Organizing your mind and vision”. I’m about to head to a doctor appointment, but I’m kind of excited to get home, dig in and really think about where I’m headed. There will certainly be hiccups, I’ll take weeks off, especially as we get closer to closing and moving into the new house.
I am ready to roll on this. I’m a little nervous about weeks 1-4 being “Organize Yourself” though. I mean, I like myself, am I really ready to look deeper and find out I’m not as cool as I think I am? (that was me being facetious, for the record).
I’m going to offer this challenge up to my readers. Hop on this train with me. It’ll take us over a year, but we will get to the finish line, together. I will share each week’s task, but I won’t share any details from the book, that’s not fair to the author. So while the book is optional, I highly recommend purchasing your own copy here and joining me week by week, or at your own pace.
Who’s in? Will you join me in getting your home, life, and everything else organized?
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