Breaking Out My O Face

Ha… no. Not that.

I’m talking about my organizing face.

My game face.

The one I use to tackle the most difficult organizing issues in my house.

One of my resolutions this year is to figure out a better system for organizing. I think it kind of falls into the whole category of keep the house in better shape, keep up with the FlyLady, etc, but I am awash in a sea of clutter, with no place to put it.

If you’ve read The Happiness Project, she talks about Hot Spots. These are areas where things get put, piled up, and placed, all because it’s just the place in the house that it’s the easiest.

My whole house is a giant hotspot. I sit currently in my computer room, surrounded by unfiled papers, boxes that need to be packaged up and sent back, toys, camera equipment, business cards and pictures. The family room is covered with toys and books and old magazines.

Help Me! I am drowning in stuff.And I think my husband is ready to take a bulldozer and throw everything out.

I think that plan is to start off by making piles (at which I am VERY VERY good, just ask my husband). Piles of things to either throw out, or keep. And once I decide to keep them, then I need to determine where they should live. Because for a house that looks bigger than it actually feels, space to put things is truly at a premium.

But this is my mission. To organize my house…

Anyone have any pointers?

  • http://the-mominator.blogspot.com/ MiMi Dibble

    Start with a list of what needs to be done by room in the house. Start with the smallest room that has the least amount of tasks. It will help you feel like you are getting something done and give you spark to keep going. Set goals of getting so many rooms done is a set amount of time. Maybe blog your goals and progress to help keep yourself accountable. Here's another hint that I tell myself and kids: if you haven't touched it in a year, you probably don't need it. Also, before you start, make a location to put donation items you are getting rid of. Also have handy a TO DO LIST that is more long term. As you are organizing each room, you will have things that you find that need to go on that list. Make the list as you go. Hope that helps!

  • ItsaFitting

    Thanks!! Yes, I'm really great at making the lists and checking off boxes… but terrible at keeping up with it. TERRIBLE. Sigh. I hate organizing.

  • http://www.wendywillblog.com Wendy

    I like the room-by-room list idea. But like MiMi says, start with the smallest room first so that you can focus and finish that one project. I'm not one to give advice because I sit amongst piles of stuff (hey, I'm great at making piles too!), things that need to go upstairs or outside. Somedays I want to rent a huge-ass trash dumpster and just start tossing stuff. Today I almost called a fluff-and-fold service because I'm drowning in so much laundry and I don't have the time to catch up on it all. I'm thinking a quiet morning at the laundromat where I can run multiple washing machines at once is in order. Here's what I've been thinking lately though – if all this "stuff" is bugging me then why is it all necessary? I'm really leaning towards living more simply.

  • ItsaFitting

    Wendy, I love the idea of living more simply. Our biggest problem is that we don't neccesarily have a ton of "stuff"… we just don't have anywhere to put it. Since we moved into this house, we haven't bought any furniture or storage for it specifically… everything came from our old house and so we are kind of haphazardly thrown together. Drives me bonkers, because we don't have a lot of storage for any of the toys, or books, or Brian's Navy Shit… And there is a LOT of that. We have more airplane crap in our house than I can even explain.

  • http://www.ksugarandspice.com Kathleen

    Since I'm working with a family member on this one. Here is what I side with:__

    1. Make immediate decisions about mail and newspapers. Go through mail and newspapers on the day you receive them and throw away unwanted materials immediately. Don’t leave anything to be decided on later.__

    2. Think twice about what you allow into your home. Wait a couple of days after seeing a new item before you buy it. And when you do purchase something new, discard another item you own to make room for it.__

    3. Set aside 15 minutes a day to declutter. Start small–with a table, perhaps, or a chair–rather than tackling the entire, overwhelming house at once. If you start to feel anxious, take a break and do some deep-breathing or relaxation exercises.__

    4. Dispose of anything you have not used in a year. That means old clothes, broken items, and craft projects you’ll never finish. Remind yourself that many items are easily replaceable if you need them later.__

    xoxox_I am by your side… kat

  • ItsaFitting

    Kat you're the BEST! I"m trying not to get too overwhelmed with it all… and I'm finding that just even organizing one small space has made me feel less twitchy :-) I like throwing things out… it's cathartic.