January 4, 2012 by Gina
If I could be anything or do anything, it would probably be a professional organizer. I love things to be all dress-right-dress, lined up, everything has a place and everything in its place and organized. Bottom line, I don’t like clutter. So this last week I’ve been on a clutter busting mission. People who know me are probably thinking, “What clutter did she have to bust? I’ve been to her house – there isn’t any clutter.” But there is! The clutter lurking in the corners and the drawers and stuffed way back in the closets. I’m not sure how it gets there but it just happens over time (and possibly asexual reproduction – that’s really the only logical explanation).
So far, I’ve reorganized the toys upstairs in the living room, the spice cupboard, the gluten free/baking shelf, the tupperware shelf and the toys downstairs in the playroom. I even quickly organized my pajama drawer after Tuesday’s pajama buying shopping spree. The donate pile in the garage has grown from all the “stuff” I’ve found to get rid of. I wish I would have taken “before” and “after” pictures but I didn’t think about it so you’ll have to settle for a few “after” shots. Next up, the office/extra bedroom where bills and other paperwork tends to accumulate on the desk. If only it would magically file itself! Then, Getty’s closet which is overflowing with gifts and cards that still need to be put away from his birth and baptism.
A few months ago, I reorganized my sock and underwear drawers and felt a complete sense of accomplishment after just a few minutes work. Something so simple can make me so happy. Why was I hanging on to those holey socks anyway?
It really doesn’t take much time to clean out a space. Just break it down into small, workable sections – one drawer or closet section at a time. A few minutes, hours or days later you’ll have a completely clean, organized and functional space!
You do what you know and it will probably come as no surprise to hear that I grew up in a highly organized home. My mom labeled all our toy tubs so we knew where to put our animals, barbies and cars. We had to pick up our toys, books and rooms daily and I already make Finn do the same thing. He knows he has to put his things away before moving onto the next activity or task of the day.
My brain just works better when my physical space is organized. There alot of benefits to an organized home – more time and money, less stress, good role modeling and of course, a clean home! Okay – better go grab my labeler and label something. Happy organizing and here’s to a more organized year!