I have a little organizing business with my neighbor and gave a talk to a mom’s group the other day. Our motto is, “Because life is too short to stress over a mess.” The whole gist of my talk was to get moms to relax and tell them to relax about their houses. I want them to realize that there is no perfect house unless someone is OCD (and someone in the group was). Let me tell you – my house is far from perfect. We live here – it is a not a showcase and at any given time there are children parading through it. We have busy lives and I juggle so many things that it will never be perfect. I used to be a little OCD before kids and as time went on, less and less – thank goodness!
***Getting everyone on your household to all their activities on time, remembering birthdays and important events is what is the most important – you have to be organized in that arena. Everything else is lagniappe.
*** Every item in your home needs to have a home.
***Start with the area that bothers you the most.
***Purge and purge again (and yes- you can throw away stuff you were given).
***Keep all clothes in one closet (winter, next size etc…) for better management. Out of sight often means out of mind.
***Make sure to have low lying cabinets for kids in the kitchen to get cups and plates.
***The kitchen needs to make sense. Not all do – so you have to make it work for you. Coffee centers are great in a kitchen.
***Work with what you’ve got. Do not go out and buy more organizing stuff. Nothing worse than organizing organizing stuff!
***Limit your rubbermaid bucket purchases.
***Catalogs and magazines need not accumulate!!!
***Don’t assume people who have a perfect living area have perfect closets and drawers.
***Computer organization is very important too. I recc. iGoogle to get you in order.
***Clean out toys when children are not home!!! The exception to this is if you intend to let them sell their stuff in a yard sale and keep the money.
***Don’t over-organize. Some people spend way too much of their life trying to organize and never getting anything done!