I have purchased a week-by-week guide to organizing my home and conquering clutter. I wouldn't have purchased this potential tool for self-oppression (I keep telling myself) had I not been overwhelmed by a work schedule that has kept me late every day this week, the busy schedules of two children and two adults, not to mention three dogs, two cats, blah blah blah. So I suppose this post is confessional. Something's got to give, because I am tired of the "give" always being in the area of there-just-isn't-enough-time-to-stem-this-tide-of-junk. And I want to enjoy being in my home, not have it be a scene that makes me think only of the work that must be done.
So, this book -- Organize Now! (I know, right? The title makes me squirm, but the spiral binding and cheerful cover sold me, somehow) -- it begins with the acronym "LIVE."
"L=List. If you don't write it down, chances are you will forget it." And generally speaking, if I do write it down, I will manage to misplace the list. Not at work so much, but at home, for sure. It will disappear into the recesses of my purse, or run through the washer inside my pockets.
"I=Internal Organization. Organization starts on the inside first." The funny thing here is, I don't have much difficulty with this at the office. I have a running mental list and plans and timings, and I get lots done. But I want so much not to be "on" at home, that I tend to turn off this facility. Time to rethink that, looks like.
"V=Vision. Be very clear about the vision you have for your life, and then keep that in the forefront of your mind..." Well I think I'm good there. But keeping it in the forefront may be my challenge. When there's enough going on, I can be the person who sees trees more than forest.
"E=External Organization. When you have yourself organized internally... then you can begin the task of organizing your external environment." Ok, I can buy that. It may be why I purchased this book.
I've been participating in a wonderful women's book study on campus of The Artist's Way at Work by Julia Cameron et al. This has been a breath of fresh air (as was last year's study of the original book, The Artist's Way), and has ushered in energy for change at work. I now have teabags in my desk drawer, and a card from Marc pinned up on my bookshelf, and I've been taking a 5 minute yoga break at mid-morning. Little things add up to a big difference. In this spirit, with this kind of hope, and with just enough desperation, I ordered the organization book currently in hand. So, wish me luck, perseverance, most of all good humor! Change could be good.