Studies show that straightening out the physical spaces in your life can also bring mental clarity and who couldn’t use more mental clarity? In addition, rejection is cheaper than therapy.
With that in mind, I took a look around myself and decided it was time to fall. After all, I live in a house, not a storage unit.
I started in my office, where I was just a pile of stuff away from an epic episode of “Hoarders.”
The first thing I did was sort through the piles and piles, happily throwing away most of the papers and old mail, and filing the rest. It really wasn’t long, just about 10 minutes.
The second thing I did was to “face” all the books on my shelves. It’s a trick used in retail stores to make shelves look neat and it’s as simple as turning each volume on the shelf in the same direction. While I was doing this, I discovered that I had two copies of a book called “Declarer Your Life: Getting Rid of Duplicates”. Oh the irony.
I also did some computer decluttering, deleted old files and emails and while I was done a little window popped up with a link to an article called “58 Home Organization Projects That Take 10 Minutes Less”. How casual, I thought, but also a little scary. How does my computer know I’m disorganized, get organized missions?
One of the projects that took 10 minutes or less was to label the cables behind your desk or entertainment center. What a cool idea, I thought a few weeks ago I had spent no less time on my hands and knees under my desk trying to figure out which cord, which cable, which piece of equipment. Went.
Unfortunately, the first instructable for this project was “Hold the Label Maker”. I don’t have a label maker and my frustration was real. It felt like that when a food blogger says “Are you ready for a fast, easy, and delicious weeknight meal?” And you think, “Yeah, yes, I am!” Then you keep reading and get more excited about the prospect as the next sentence reads: “You probably already have most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen.” “Yippie!” You seem, now, really just waiting to receive the recipe to read the first instruction that tells you to “start by milking your goat…”
So with no label maker (and no goat) I scrolled through some of the other 58 announcements, getting projects organized. One of them suggested that you take a walk around your house and collect stray light bulbs, batteries, stamps and spare change. Really? OK, but my effort proved less than fruitful. I really don’t have the wrong bulbs, batteries or stamps and “extra change” means “extra money”, which I don’t even have.
Next on the list was organizing your freezer by, you guessed it, labeling everything. breath.
Then it was on the sock drawer. The instructions were simple: Match and arrange your socks. It finally took about seven minutes, before I realized I could start a support group for Socks Without Partners.
One of the projects was to carve out space in a closet or cupboard to make room for things that would sit on a table top (or on the floor). Well this was all hilarious and good until I realized that was a huge, first project that would take more than 10 minutes, which was to actually clean out the cupboard or closet to have room for more things. I wasn’t prepared for that plus… if I wasn’t using the things already sitting in piles and piles on the table and the floor collecting dust, I’d probably put it in a closet to use it more. was not doing
Although I did throw away old magazines and catalogues; sorting through Tupperware and throwing out unopened container lids and vice versa; Throwing out old makeup and nail polish; sorting through towels and bedding and throwing away anything with holes or stains; And sorting out my closet and putting everything I haven’t worn in two years in a donation bag.
I was feeling great so decided to completely skip the “if you catch it and it doesn’t bring you joy throw it away” method of rejection because I learned that cleaning rags, sponges, dish soap , laundry detergent and fabric softening, bleach and scrubbing powder, mops, brooms and vacuum cleaners are just too expensive.
However, I did remember a disclaimer, the get organized tip someone told me years ago was to finish things. just finish them.
It seemed, after several hours of hard work, to be a good idea, so I went to the kitchen where I found a bag of dark chocolate kiss, half a bottle of rum, a nearly empty bottle of tequila, and a partially eaten bag. found. From potato chips.
I finished everything so that when my dear husband came home not only was the house (mostly) devastated, but the chicken was in the crockpot and me too.