I’ve always struggled with being clean and organized. Always. I’ve actually made pretty good efforts at getting organized, but I’ve never been successful at it.
When I was in my twenties, I would always walk to the train on my way to work with my friend Christy. We would talk about our lives, and stop for a cup of coffee. One morning I was talking to Christy about how my apartment was such a disaster. I was planning on getting everything cleaned up and in its place the next weekend.
I was really surprised when Christy asked me, “Katherine, why do you always say that? You are always saying you need to get organized. Why do you care?”
I had no idea that I said “I need to get organized” all of the time. But, I believed it. I certainly though it all of the time.
But, really, why did I care?
It took me a long time to figure it out, but I think that being organized would signify to me that I finally had my act together. At the time, I felt like my “act” was definitely a “fake it ’til you make it” act, and I wanted to feel more settled and successful.
Well, guess what. I’m still not organized, and I still feel like I’m trying to fake it ’til I make it. When I’m able to just have a few things organized, I feel so much more calm. I feel like a better wife and mother. I feel like a better friend. I feel nicer and prettier.
And writing all of this out makes me feel like I need to be in therapy.
But despite the fact that my reasons for wanting to get organized may be delusional, I still know that the benefits of being organized are enormous. Being truly organized could help me to:
1. Find the things I’m looking for.
2. Not buy duplicates of things I already have.
3. Save time.
4. Be calmer because I’m not always looking at clutter and thinking of things I need to do to make my house look better.
I’m sure there are so many more benefits, but those are the ones that come to mind first when I think of getting my junk together.
So I will continue on my crazy quest to be more organized, but I will also try to cut myself some slack because:
1. I have two toddlers, one of which is refusing to sleep through the night.
2. I just went through a cross-country move and I don’t have a lot of support in our new town.
3. I have an enormous amount of clutter that I need to go through and get rid of.
I’ve been trying different tips, tricks and strategies from books, blogs, and websites. Some of the advice has been very helpful, especially the habits and strategies from A Slob Comes Clean and Fly Lady. While I appreciate the advice very much, I also have to remember that trying to be clean and organized is a whole different ballgame when you’re living with two creative, adventurous, imaginative, beautiful toddlers.
Does anyone out there have any tips for keeping things organized with toddlers?