Organizing, 1 day down many more to go!

August 26, 2009

I can’t believe it!  I’ve done one session with Dawn from Ultra Organized and I made it through without too much damage.  It was hard for me.  I think the hardest part was just starting.  Overwhelming was an understatement.  Every room effected by years of busy schedules, neglect and just plain old not doing it. As much as I enjoy seeing a clean and organized house, it’s not really on the top of my most fun things to do list.  Oh I can think of a million things I’d rather be doing like sharing a meal with friends, quilting, shopping, cooking even basket weaving is more fun than organizing.

So what was the goal?  The goal is to find a good solid working place for my business.  That means that other things have to be sorted through first.  The goal was in one part of the house but the work started in another area.  That meant that your ultimate goal was not realized…yet.

Dawn help me get right to work.  Right by my side to motivate, cheer and to ask me those tough questions like how long has it been since you used or touched this?  I can’t remember I said.  Dawn said, Ok then let’s get rid of it.  I said, Alright let’s chuck it.  So I did.  It became easier and easier to toss, throw, discard and heave anything that got in my way.  With each toss of the junk my stress level went up and down as I pondered the memories, what would family say if they saw this in the can and how I’m gonna feel after this is all done.  Whoa mom, don’t ever do this again!  A whole lot of life gets stored for the day you might need this or that.  It never really comes does it?  Nope.

We made three piles, one for trash, one for giving away and one for things that need to be put elsewhere and in their proper places.  I now have a little less junk, an itemized list of Good Will donated items, some homework to do and some more cleaning to work on.  I feel a tad bit lighter but still not quite seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or the other end of the basement.

I have some new strategies for keeping my kids from leaving things all over the house.  I’m calling it the black bag process.  Basically you put everything they leave around the spaces you want to keep clean in a black bag.  They are giving maybe two weeks to buy  the bag back but they are not allowed to look in the bag to itemize it’s importance.  If they don’t care to buy it back the whole bag goes to Good Will.  Works for me.  I can already see that a little panic and questions began to surface when we announced this plan.  Already some stuff found it’s way to their own rooms.

Don’t quit she said.  No, I’m not going to quit.  This is the beginning of the end of my household disorganization and stress.  An organized clean house to me is a deep breath of fresh air and a place to exhale and call HOME.