Everyone who has ever lived with me or visited me has noticed... I am organizationally challenged. Physically.
Schedules... Time-Management- NO Problem.
But physical stuff-- I am always boggled by "assigning items homes". I mean- in my mind something could belong or go anywhere... I'm not picky. I'm not so rigid as to say "dish towels belong by the sink... maybe they go in the linen closet? I don't know..
I was always so mesmerized by roommates and friends who could unpack a house- confident they knew where to put things in their new home. I always had to wait and see how we lived in the new home... how we used the spaces. Storage is so different from house to house... so if I have a linen closet I keep them there.. if I don't then I have to be creative where I store my towels, linen, etc...
Okay- so enough excuses- I'm challenged-lets just leave it at that...
Tuesday I walked to my library and bought a book at their book sale.
This book has changed my life- seriously- I feel like I am on the healing path to becoming organizationally functional.
I know- I know.. it says it is for TEENS... but that is actually what gave me hope...
This is a simple plan to teach teens how to organize their space and life. So it's not rocket science.
I love this book so much. It has so many great features.
1st- It builds you up. What are you currently good at organizing. ( for me- my key & shoes, my time- I'm pretty efficient- If I do say so myself.. my double-tasking and piggy-backing.. I'm able to get lots of thing done.)
2nd - Identifies possible Hang-ups. She lists every reason and excuse why people don't "put things away".. I mean -- every excuse. (some of my favorite excuses are on top of the list..)
I'll never find it again
I'll forget I have it- if I can't see it
Don't know how to assign a logical home
It's not fun and too hard to put things away...
I can never remember what goes where
I leave things out - so I'll remember to do them- but then I forget there are there...
With these road blocks- she lists SOLUTIONS!!! to each excuse (Brilliant!)
She has a few chapters about Organizing: Inside- Out but what really woke me out of my unorganized fog is her Secret Weapon: #1 The kindergarten Model of Organization
Kindergarten classrooms are the perfect model for organizing...
clearly defined activity zones- art, reading, dress up, snacks, etc...
easy -to-access storage
fun- tactile storage
By applying these same principles to my home- I can organize each room in my house! THIS makes total sense to me! ( I do have a degree in Early Childhood Education.) I had never thought of it this way.
So today- I sat in my living room and listed the different ways we use our "great room"
-watching tv/ reading
( she says to limit it to 7 functions.)
So then.. MAP OUT the space into "Centers".... just like in kindergarten!
So around the kitchen table: I placed two book cases so we can easily access- homework supplies, crafting/stamping supplies, we eat there too.
Around my computer desk- I actually pulled my sons smaller desk from up stairs and brought it downstairs so I could have my "work" books, etc... near the computer. Instead of just letting my things PILE up.
Couches are the: Watching TV, reading area
and made a Guinea Pig station... all the supplies to feed and clean the cage.
Cleaning up and Organizing was so easy! Because if it didn't fit in with my "stations" it logically doesn't belong in this room! I knew where to put things... because I am placing the items in the station where we USE them! It was so logical! and FUN.
Really - it didn't feel like work.
If you are not a born organizer- I seriously recommend this book even if you are not a teen.
There is hope!!!
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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