I was sitting on an airplane last week for over two hours while we waited in line to get de-iced. My good books were in my suitcase because I figured the brief flight home from SLC to SFO wouldn’t warrant enough time for serious reading. I closed my eyes to try to get some sleep (I can never sleep on an airplane!) and started mapping out all of rooms in my house in my head, visualizing my clutter. Deep in thought, I had an epiphany:
I already knew this, but for some reason with nothing else to clutter my mind, I realized this is why I’ve been so annoyed with the lack of balance in my life. I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF. To evaluate my goals, I started to make a list of what I want to accomplish this year. Can you believe with all of these posts that I do that I don’t have a concrete game plan of how I want to tackle the clutter & reorganize my life? For the past two months I’ve been running on this notion: I have the time to do this, what can I get done in this time and post about.
All of the projects I’ve tackled thus far have helped greatly, but there are soo many more to go! So this is my course of action for 2012. Let’s start with the BIG list.
- clean out/organize the basement
- clean out the inside of my car
- scrub/clean/organize the fridge & freezer
- clean out/organize my crafts (and get rid of what I don’t use!)
- organize/purge kitchen cabinets
- fancy up the laundry room so I will actually enjoy the space
- sort through Cooper’s toys & clothes that he’s outgrown
- figure out an efficient way to grocery shop and stick to it
- manage my online life better (calendar, blog, information, ALL OF IT)
- get rid of unnecessary files on my computer and tidy up my folders & desktop
- go through my Aperture library and delete photos I don’t need (huge challenge!)
- sort through the linen closet
- get rid of books I don’t need anymore
- get rid of unnecessary items in the bathroom & organize!
- go through my closet and get rid of clothes I don’t wear
Then I realized that there are several things I can do on a daily basis to help reduce the stress I feel of being disorganized & clutter. So here they are:
- spend 10 minutes before bed every night straightening up the house.
- keep a list of things to pack & bring for work/preschool
- clean out my purse more often
- clean up my mess in the kitchen before starting something new
- be smart with my time spent on the computer (only surf if I have the time to!)
- make Cooper’s lunch the night before school. Even if I’m tired, I must do it.
- don’t buy new things unless I’m ready to get rid of something I don’t need.
- check the pantry before grocery shopping. Shopping smart means less waste.
- hang up clothes immediately when I get home
- take the time to sort things from the car so it doesn’t end up looking like another closet
One of the reasons why I love working on this High Straightenence column is that it holds me accountable each week. I have you watching my progress and it’s inspiring YOU to organize too.
A few of you readers/listeners have sent me twitter pics & emails of your organized cabinets & pantries and I want to say THANK YOU! Check out this post from Shana of Folks Gotta Eat! Amazing, RIGHT?!!
I’d love to show your hard work to all of my readers. Leave a comment with any links or tweet me on twitter! (@shutterbean)
Let’s get organized together!