I think I have created an organizing monster with my daughter! She has been watching me around the house and now has the organizing bug herself. Over the past few weeks she has been asking me to help her go through all of her stuff and organize it. “Mommy I think we need to organize my shoes. Mommy I think we need to organize my toys. Mommy I think we need to organize this (whatever she is working on).” I love it, but it is amazing to me how much fun she is having. Do you have fun while you are organizing? Probably not, because you are stressed out, frustrated and limited on time. Even though I love to organize, it is often more of chore than a fun activity.
When you are feeling overwhelmed it is important to go back to basics. And that is exactly what my daughter is doing.
- She sees a problem area
- She decides to take action on it
- She takes everything out of the space
- She sorts through what she has, matches like with like, then tosses or fixes what needs it
- She cleans/organizes/gets bins
- She puts the items back in the space
Simple right?! That really is all there is to organizing.
The key is to:
- Not bite off more than you can chew- in other words not to get too ambitious with the time/project you are working on
- Remember the basic steps
- Just do it- when you see a problem take care of it right then
- Don’t overthink things- follow the steps and move forward
- Yes you may get stuck on an item- but set it aside and decide later or go ahead and keep it and re-assess it the next time you organize the space
- Try not to get distracted- focus on what you are doing and work on it until you finish (this will be easier if you are working a small project which is why that is important)
“Mom this is messy, I think we need to organize it.” (This is a cabinet that contains her workbooks, coloring books and notebooks)
Without me telling her what to do – she starts taking everything out and putting it on the table.
The pile is getting pretty high, but she is determined to take everything out and have a clean slate inside to work with.
Now that everything is out she asked me to wipe down the area with a cloth. Then started putting things back in the space.
As she picked up an item she would decide if she wanted to keep it or not. If no- she put it on the chair and if yes- it went back in the cupboard.
She worked diligently until all the things were put back inside. Again it isn’t always about the beautiful result- but the process.
I am so proud of her for knowing what to do and thinking it is fun to organize!
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