There was a time when I described myself as neat, organized, meticulous, and clutter free. I enjoyed cleaning and making sure everything had a home. I thought it was fun to create labels, color code, and browse The Container Store. My sister even asked me if I would “anal retent-ize” her closet as mine was organized by type, length, and color. Monica Geller and I would have been the best of “Friends.”
Then I married a man that has a hard time letting go (you never know when you are going to need XYZ) and had three adorable children in 3 years who think creating the mess is part of the fun. Not to mention all the stuff they come with! At first, I had it under control…mostly, I may have had a secret closet à la Monica.
But today I am admitting defeat. The clutter and stuff has gotten out of control. It has started to get the best of me. While my children nap I spend my time tidying up, but it is usually all for naught once they wake up. Add that to busy days out of the house and I just cannot keep up anymore. I surrender! The secret closet has spilled out into the kitchen, the hallway, and the bedrooms. I don’t want to have people over because the housekeeping is not up to my standards. There is just so much to do that I don’t even know where to begin.
Recently, I mentioned my clutter problem to my friend, Marilyn. She told me about Peter Walsh’s 31 Days 2 Get Organized. During the month of January he posted a daily 10-15 minute organizational challenge on his Facebook page. It’s never too late to start, right? I’ll be posting his daily challenges on my Facebook page in case you want to follow along. You can follow my progress on Instagram.
Here’s to a more organized home in 31 days! How do you manage to keep the clutter under control in your life?