So, as you may have picked up on from previous posts, I’m not the most organized person. My house feels like it’s constantly a mess and I don’t have much of a schedule going.
But I’m in the process of changing that. I would like to be an organized person with a house that is at the least semi clean all the time so I can invite people over spur of the moment or if my mother in law dropped by I wouldn’t be completely mortified (which is one of my major motivators!) but mostly it’s for me. I don’t like chaos and stress and that’s what I feel when I have a messy home 70% of the time.
I just recently read this quote and it resonated with me so much and I decided I needed a change:
“Clutter is a stealer of joy and contentment. Your home should breathe happiness into your family’s story, not slowly suck the life out of you.” – Melissa Michaels
So here are 5 steps I am taking to become a more organized person:
- Planning my day
The last few days I have been trying this and it is working pretty well! I sit with a notebook first thing after my workout and write down the things I want to accomplish that day. Feed rabbits, do laundry, feed the cats, etc., It helps get my brain thinking of things I need to accomplish instead of getting sidetracked playing candy crush while watching supernatural (seriously, I’m not sure what it is, but I love playing that stupid game while listening to a tv show. I get antsy when I sit and watch anything so playing candy crush or crocheting helps me actually listen to what is being said, I didn’t used to be like this, not sure what changed. Unless it’s a really intense movie [or Game of Thrones] then my focus is 100% on it.)
2. Creating a schedule
I bought one of those big desk calendars (like this Monthly Desk Pad Calendar ) and stuck it on my wall downstairs so it’s the first thing I see when I come downstairs in the morning on the way to the bathroom. I’m doing color coded tasks, so like blue would be laundry, red would be change the litter box etc. Tasks that could be done other days as well if they needed to be, but I have designated days so I know they will get done. Other tasks are more monthly, like moving the couch and vacuuming underneath it, or cleaning out the fridge. Sunday’s will be my meal planning day. I know all these things have to get done but I easily get distracted doing other things, even important things and then don’t get these other things done until much later and by then the chore is harder to accomplish and takes more time. Like waiting for two days to wash dishes instead of doing them any time there is a dirty dish. Which brings me to point 3.
3. Always have an empty sink/clean kitchen before heading to bed
I’ve been trying to at least have the dishes washed, if not the entire kitchen clean before I go to bed. It is so nice to wake up to a clean kitchen, it just feels so much nicer than waking up and thinking “ugh, so much work to do…” helps me start off on a more positive note.
Tavo has been eating more meals in his high chair lately, he is loving it, and it helps contain the mess in the kitchen rather than him roaming the house while he snacks. I’m hoping to start doing more meals around the table, it’s easy for me to take my food and sit and watch something while I eat instead of sitting at the table for meals. We are working on that. But my main focus at the moment is making sure the kitchen is nice and clean every night and working towards having it clean after every meal.
4. Giving myself a break
Not necessarily a physical break, but I mean like if I am tired and forget to finish all the dishes one night, I don’t beat myself up about it, I just make sure I do them in the morning. In the past I have berated myself and felt like I just ruined my progress, but it needs to be sustainable. If I can’t do this the rest of my life, then I’m never going to get anywhere, so if I beat myself up on a day when I don’t do it exactly how I like and it de-rails me then I’m not getting anywhere, so I give myself slack. I’m slowly learning and building good habits, just like with my eating and exercise, it’s all a process and I will get there eventually, it just takes a little time.
5. Make time for what you love
While there are some people who genuinely enjoy housework that isn’t something we all love 100% of the time, I know I don’t. I don’t really mind doing housework, especially if I have some awesome music playing, but it’s not something I like spending every moment of every single day doing, so planning my time and figuring out which days I do certain chores, spreads it out more to give me time to do things I love, like write, and read. Once it becomes a more stable system then I have a nice clean environment to do the things I enjoy doing and it flows so much better.
Those are the major changes that I’ve made and I’m working on building them into lasting habits. I know I can do this, because I’ve accomplished so many other things I’ve set my mind to and I’m determined to do this. I want to be an organized person, I want to be a hostess, I want to have cute little “tea parties” and have my gal friends over to talk and hang out, but I don’t want to run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to tidy up ten minutes before people arrive, or spend the entire day before stressing because my house isn’t ready yet. It’s unnecessary stress that I can avoid by planning my day’s better so that is what I am doing.
Hopefully these tips can help you as well! so far they are working for me, but I’m just at the beginning of my organizational/planner person journey. I will try to update later on how well these have been working for me.
Outfit of the day: Floral Print Romper With Long Flare Sleeves