We’ve been looking for a few things since we returned from our big trip visiting our older son almost three weeks ago (and recovering from our accident). I knew we’d eventually find them, but today was a true red letter day as I found all three! Yay!
Because I’m so ridiculously Type A, I write out a “To do” list every day generally. Well, post-accident I get tired really easily and am combating pain, so I have to take it easy (which is so hard!); and most days I feel like I’m merely chasing my tail as my to-do list spills over to the following day. But, today I accomplished one task anyway! I organized our master closet. It wasn’t horrible; it just felt that way. Out of control. In the process of corraling the dirty laundry, winter clothes, shoes, etc., I found the three items we’d been searching for! A postcard from our trip that we bought for our neighbor; my husband’s dearly loved flip flops; and my elbow brace.
When you find something that’s been missing for a while, somehow it validates one’s mental capabilities. It does for me anyway. It reaffirms the truth I cling to: I am not going bonkers! Trying to keep up with everyone’s “stuff” can be a mother’s greatest challenge and particularly when you’re busy! You know, the unspoken assumption is that mothers know where everything is in a household at any given point in time. I’m not sure how we got burdened with such a thing, but it’s true. Whenever anyone is missing something, they turn to me for answers. (Whhhyyy?) 🙂
After sifting and sorting through our closet, I began to fill a bag of donations for the Salvation Army once more. We’re always purging it seems, so it’s pretty amazing that we still have more to part with. It really should be the standing rule that if I buy three new shirts, I part with three. Things have a way of sneaking into our house and somehow it’s easier to bring things in than carry them out! Why is that? We like to amass stuff, but we’re far more hesitant to part with it. The thing is holding onto things that are unnecessary only leads to more clutter and disorganization.
Another area I will be conquering soon is boxing up last school year’s books and papers. As a longtime homeschooler, we can quickly clutter up a space with all of our textbooks, teaching aids, educational DVD’s, notebooks, pencils, highlighters, etc. I have to remind my Type A self that educational clutter (within reason) is OKAY and is a sign of good things happening around here!! Haha! As my kids are getting older, I bear in mind that it won’t be this way too much longer, so enjoy the ride! 😉 That said, we do have a designated area for school stuff, even though they may not always land there.
The kids have unpacked their suitcases and their rooms are actually tidy (as of this writing anyway!). Haha. They are teenagers, afterall. My daughter showed me how she’d organized her dresser drawers so nicely the other day and I thought someone else’s daughter was speaking to me, for sure! My daughter? Wow. She must be growing up! 😉 She did a super fantastic job and is learning how nice proper organization is. She can actually find things now instead of digging through piles of clothes on the floor! And, as for my son… Well, a little parental bribery works like a charm! If he wants time on his tablet, he has to take care of his chores and clean his room. Once it’s been inspected, he can have the tablet. It’s a wonderful motivator! And he even takes care of most of his laundry himself. My daughter has been doing her own laundry for several years now, which is very helpful. I think I’m working myself right out of a job … But, that’s the whole point, isn’t it? 😉
And, so, here’s to optimal organization on an ongoing basis! Have a blessed day! 🙂