I don’t have a perfectly organized home but having systems in place helps me to get back on track when things fall apart. But there are some spaces that are just problem areas and need to be addressed. Here are some areas in two rooms of my home that I’d really like to find solutions to. Do you have any of these same issues?
- Problem: My husbands desk is always covered with paperwork.
- Problem: My own filing system is not entirely useful.
- Problem: Bedroom bookshelves are full. My nightstand always has a stack of books setting on it that I am reading. This means messy, messy.
- Problem: Master bedroom closet is too full.
I don’t think there ever comes a point where you can say you have arrived and everything is perfectly organized how you like it. Life is constantly changing. We are in one season and then we have to transition to another one and with each season, we must change the way we do things or we will end up with confusion and chaos once again.
For those who like to organize this isn’t so bad. But for the one who does not like it, it can feel overwhelming to think about it all. The good news is there are certain areas that will stay organized and will not need to change. You set them up once and the main part is done. All that is left is maintaining. That IS good news, my friend. So be encouraged.
But there are going to be those areas that will have to be revamped as you move into the different seasons of your life. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about by seasons of life.
- marriage (I’m talking about the day you get married! 🙂 )
- babies arriving
- children growing
- young adults – still another season
- children getting married
- grandchildren arriving
You can see that life is never static. It’s always changing.
So if something worked for you yesterday, last week, last month or last year but is now not seeming to cut it any longer it may mean you need to take another look at what you have in place and see if it needs to be reworked.
Where do you see a breakdown?
Think about your home. Are there times you can’t find important papers, when you can’t find a pen, laundry is molding, trash is starting to smell? Think about small things as well as the big things because it all makes your home. What about it frustrates you completely, makes you grumpy or makes you feel like things are in a state of chaos? Write these things down.
Once you have your list you may need inspiration for how to take care of the problem.
5 things you can do for inspiration
1. Set on it for a while. Believe it or not, mulling over the problem in your mind can get your creative juices stirring and you might be surprised at what you come up with on your own.
2. Check out Pinterest. Pinterest is a great place to find all kinds of ideas for organizing your home.
3. Do a Google search – googling “how to organize _______” You fill in the blank.
4. If you have young children, ask them. You may not like their idea but sometimes if you just adjust it slightly, it can be a very good one. I have one son who really has an eye for how things look together. So many times I’ll solicit his opinion. Your kids will feel pretty important, too! 🙂 Asking your husband…. it’s a hit or miss. There will be some topics where they will really care and give you some good advice but there will be plenty of times that it just does not matter to them.
After all the home is your domain, you are the manager and he realizes that and is willing to leave it to you because he trusts you. 🙂 Right? Right.
5. Ask a friend who likes to organize to give you a hand organizing an area or to give you some suggestions. If you have a friend who is organized they will love it if you ask for their help. Trust me on this one.
You’re Not Doing Anything Wrong!
In summary, don’t be alarmed or discouraged if things no longer work for you. It’s how life goes. When we realize this, we won’t be so hard on ourselves. We’ll take a look at things and see what needs tweaked or reworked. It’s not that we’re doing anything “wrong”, we’re just in a new season.
Doesn’t that take the guilt off?