03 November 2010

Can't find the floor? Its under all the shit.

I've been spending quite a bit of time lately trying to figure out what direction I want my life to go in.  I keep thinking of different possibilities, the first steps to go that direction, and what kind of possible out comes could exist.

Then from somewhere in the back of my mind the image of my messy bedroom pops into my head.  And I think "I don't really know what I want out of life, but I know that none of the future Denises live in such a messy house"

One day last year, I text my sister, telling her that I wanted to be more organized, like she is.  I said "How do I do it?  How do I make my life more organized like yours?"  Her response?  "Go absolutely crazy if it's not."

There's an idea.  But going crazy is just the first step.  Then what?

To find out, I went to the web:
There was a ton of great advice: "What to do if you're in a slump" "Got a mess? 6 tips on how to stay organized"  ETC.  I noticed one similarity in the ten plus blogs and articles I checked out:  All the advice was directed at "this is what YOU do".  None of it was first hand.  I didn't read a single article or post about "this is what I did."

While I'm sure the advice was proven to work and all that jazz I still had a problem with it.  The fact that none of the tips were first hand leads me to believe that none of these people have ever had to tackle a mess like the one I have looming on my bedroom floor.  You wouldn't jump out of plane if the instructor had never done it would you? Cleaning my room is going to be just as monumental.

So here's the plan:
1.  Think about what has worked for me in the past. What do I do to effectively clean up?
2.  Think about what DIDN'T work.  Why does it always eventually get messy again?

Here are my steps:
1. Stay Focused:  Too often I get distracted looking through old photos, trying on clothes I haven't worn in a long time, or just watching t.v.
2. Clear the Clutter:  This has always helped me cover some ground:  I need to ask myself:  Have you used this in the last year?  Will you ever use it again?  If the answer is no, get rid of it.
3. Work in Stages: Divide the work up into smaller jobs so each job gives me a sense of accomplishment and more motivation to keep going!
4. Don't give up:  Undoubtedly, half way through I will look around and think "Well, that's good enough"  NO IT'S NOT.  (This is the going crazy part-- sometimes its okay to be a little neurotic.)
5. Follow Up:  As with any task, up keep is important.  It only stays clean if I make it stay clean.  Everyday when I get home from work, the first fifteen minutes I am home will be dedicated to simple pick-up.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a very small goal to accomplish and maintain, but for some reason I have never been very good at staying organized.  As a result, my messy room has been the source of stress for me that, once controlled, will make me feel much more on top of life.

What are some tips and tricks you use to stay organized?  Obviously, I could use the help!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting read.
    I too have a problem of putting things off until they become a large mess/pile of work that I put off even longer because it is so big!
    I found what works for me is to trying to developed a 5 sec rule, which means “if I spent an extra 5 sec, could I have put that item away, or put that dish in the dishwasher”. I’m still struggling with it, and some day’s the clutter wins, but I’ve seen improvement, I’m no longer making excuses for not doing work, but more of just sucking it up and doing it.

    Which in the end makes me feel better once its done.