Getting organized is fairly easy. It's about rearranging our "stuff" in a way that it's easily accessible (and pleasant to the eyes). Refold the sheets, and stack them neatly. Line up the spices in alphabetical order. Put pencils in one box, crayons in another, markers in a third.
Easy peasy, mac 'n' cheesy.
Staying organized - now that's a horse of a different color.
That's not even a horse.
It's a unicorn.
It's magical, and elegant, and peaceful, and always elusive. No one really knows if it exists. (At least, no one who lives with other
I myself have only experienced the "staying organized" unicorn once in my life. It was when we were living in South Korea. That entire year - even with a toddler and a newborn running things - our home stayed tidy and organized.
Because everything we owned could fit in 6-8 suitcases.
We had one outfit for "church" that we wore every Sunday. Two pairs of pants and six or seven shirts for the other days of the week. Toys fit in one small box in Miss C's room. A couple pairs of shoes each. Minimal kitchen gadgets and appliances. (I didn't even have a coffee pot - what?!)
So what's my point? You and I can rearrange our "stuff" all day long, and it could look tidy for a minute. But if we really want to live an organized life, we have to cull. Cut. Reduce. Minimize. Get rid of that junk.
My Goodwill pile is growing by the day. How about yours?
Day 5 Challenge: Find 10-20 items in your house that you can sell or donate. Then go put them in the trunk of your car. Don't create a pile in your home; you will be too tempted to put some of the items back. Put them in the trunk of your car, and swing by your nearest donation place the next time you're out and about. Be sure to comment and let us know what you're getting rid of today! Maybe it will be something we haven't thought of, and we can join you!