Organization has become the hardest thing for me to manage after becoming a mother. I was always an organized person. I found an organized room calmed me. Then I had B and it all hit the fan. I find food wrappers in the car, shoes in the bathtub, and random scribbles of marker everywhere. My Tupperware used to be stored with the appropriate lid. Now, it serves as a toy for Gigi while I am cooking and it is likely later tossed (by a frazzled me) into the incorrect drawer. Between the two children, it has become a game of just trying to keep up. Sadly, the time I used to have reserved for hours of straightening and organizing is just…gone.
I look at spaces like this and just long for this kind of orderly state.
The other day, I realized something. If I perhaps tackled the task of organizing this new “chaos of tornado-children” one tiny baby step at a time…this could possibly work. And so began my new “Rule of Five.” Every day, I have to get rid of five things from SOMEWHERE. Anywhere. It just has to be five. And…it’s working.
Sometimes it happens within the few minutes I steal while I am waiting for the kids’ lunch to cook. Sometimes it is when everyone has gone to bed. It can be as large as a few toys that need to go or as small as takeout packets of ketchup. One thing I have noticed though, is that it never stops at five. I always go on and find a few more things, and I am convinced it is because the task of organizing seems so much less overwhelming. I am up to two carloads of donations that have gone to Goodwill and I don’t think I have even scratched the surface.
The other day, I decided to toss a few old spices. I was poking around the thousands of McCormicks cans and seeing the duplicates, the semi-full bottles…and then this happened.
Something came over me and I decided I was tired of longing for organized, labeled spice jars and I just went ahead and did it. And it felt so good. (Sometimes I open my spice drawer now and just look at it.)
I am determined to get this chaos under control. Five steps at a time.