How organized is your home?
No, that’s not a trick question!
If reading that first sentence made you cringe, please, please keep reading.
—–> There will be no guilt trips in this post, and no one is going to come inspect your closets. 🙂
I’m about to tell you the truth about organization, at least the truth about it in my home.
Welcome to our twelfth “chapter” in 31 Days to a More Productive You!
We’re two posts into our look at The Productive Woman’s Home.
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The Truth About My Ego
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, then you probably know I have the habit of being rather honest about my life when I write.
Maybe that is an endearing trait, and maybe it’s scary.
Endearing or not, transparency is how I roll.
And since this post is all about “the truth,” I’m going to tell you the truth about my little ego issue.
When I was quite young– before my five kids were born and my house turned into a crazy land– I vowed that I would never, ever, ever have a messy house.
I even had a mental list of “things” to avoid at all costs:
- sticky refrigerator shelves
- piles of laundry
- cluttered counter tops
- toys and dust bunnies under the furniture
- junk drawers
- dirty windows
I went into marriage and motherhood with my Vows of Perfection in high gear.
And I did keep my house pretty-much-spotless for quite a few years, and pretty much at any cost.
The cost ended up being my sanity.
(And, no, I’m not exaggerating. I really believe that the roots of my depression were very deeply influenced by my perfectionist nature, and unreasonable expectations of life. But that’s another story.)
After sixteen years of marriage, ten years of homeschooling, and five babies born, I can honestly say that the one marvelous “vow” I have faithfully adhered to is the “no cluttered counter tops.”
I do have mostly clear spaces in my house (if you don’t count my dresser!).
But please don’t ever look in my fridge, drawers, laundry room, or out the windows for that matter!
Suffice to say, my ego trip ended up getting a major detour.
Why I’ll Probably Never Blog About Getting Organized
I’ve been blogging since 2007.
According to my blog dashboard, I’ve written over eight hundred posts!
Do you know what?
I’ve never, ever written a single blog post about “how to get organized.”
Do you want to know why?
Because I never really feel like I’ve gotten my life “organized enough.”
Maybe you relate?
I have a lot of “how to” Pins in my Living & Loving Well board, and I use practical ideas to help me tame the craziness of juggling a busy ministry life/homeschooling life/blogger life.
But a lot of times, I simply have to skim over the gorgeous printable pantry labels, or the “101 Sock Drawer Hacks” and spend my energy on other projects (like writing the next blog post).
Because I honestly don’t care about labels or sock drawers.
I’m all about practical solutions, and right now my biggest “solution” is simplifying my busy life!
Stressing out over details- like how gorgeous my pantry looks– feels like a huge waste of precious time.
(As long as we have food, and I can find it when I need it- the pantry is good.)
Details are not my thing, and that’s why I will never blog about how to get organized.
The Honest Truth About Organization
Now, about now you may be thinking that my home is a zoo.
And that might actually be true, depending on what day of the week you come by for a visit! 🙂
In all fairness to my sense of domesticity, our home is mostly orderly.
As long as you don’t probe into cabinets or open too many closets, you’d probably think I am a fairly organized woman.
And most days, I am.
I keep life moving forward, keep my kids on track with their school work, and juggle a lot of different roles without losing my mind, keys, or purse.
But the honest truth about organization is this:
Life naturally declines into a state of disorder.
It’s just the way things work, because we live in a broken, less-than-perfect world.
That means after you clean your house, it will get messy again.
After you dust the base boards, they will get dusty again.
After you feed your kids, you’ll need to feed them again in a few hours and (yes) clean the kitchen again.
So a state of complete organization is an illusion.
That’s what I want to tell you in this post:
Don’t fall for the mirage of perfection, because you’ll never be satisfied.
But first, we need to get on the same page about the basics.
You’ll never read a post on my blog about how to organize a pantry, a closet, or anything else.
I’m too busy living, and trying to meet the demands of a busy life, to spend any energy staging my pantry for a photo shoot.
I’m thankful that there are women out there who excel in organization, because those are the people who inspire me to tackle the junks drawers and kids’ closets every once-in-a-while.
But organization is a work-in-progress in my home.
Once I tackle a project (or drawer, or closet), there are ten other projects waiting for me.
And after it’s all said and done, I have to do it all over again- very soon.
The simple truth: I just don’t expect “organized” to be a state-of-being around my house.
When I lowered my expectations in this area, I ended up losing out on a lot of frustration.
That loss was actually a big win for me.
What about you?
Do you struggle with getting organized?
Do you feel like you can never “stay” organized?
Maybe this has something to do with your personality, or even your level of motivation.
And maybe it has something to do with the fact that “organized” is something we have to “get” over and over again, because we’re busy living in these lives and homes of ours.
What do you think?
If you’re looking for some practical how-to’s on organization, I’d love for you to check out these amazing posts over at NinaHendrick.com:
This creative lady’s blog has become one of my go-to websites when I need some inspiration for organizing- and beautifying- my life. 🙂
- My Favorite Time Management Strategies
- Printable weekly menu & shopping list
- Pantry design & organization
- 10 Tips for an organized pantry
- Printable whole house cleaning check list
You can also follow my Pinterest board- Living & Loving Well as a Homemaker- for more creative solutions (other people’s) and inspiring perspectives (mine) about living well in a less-than-perfect world.
Here’s to living and loving well-