Monday, March 26, 2012

In the Mix Monday--Confessions of an Organizing Junky

I admit it, I have an addiction to cleaning and organizing! There I said it.  They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step to healing.  It stems from my childhood, as do most of our issues, right?  I grew up in a house that was complete chaos, you could never find anything and this was very unsettling to me.  So now, I of course, feel like my family should be so grateful for my need for organization.  After all, I'm giving them what I never had, isn't that what good mothers do? 

Alas my family isn't really on board with my need for cleanliness or organization.  Unless of course, it effects them.  "Mom, where is my Darth Vader Lego man?", "Mom, where is my homework?"  Or my personal favorite, "Honey, why don't I have any clean underwear in my drawer?"  HHHMMMM!!!!! Let me think about that one, "Oh, I know, because I'm so busy picking up all the clutter left around the house I didn't have time to do the laundry!"  That and wiping up coffee (that I don't drink) that was spilt on the counter.

I really do love my family.  But I feel as though they think just because I stay home, that they can  make a mess and leave it for me to pick up.  Another confession, I'm feeling under appreciated and taken for granted.  My husband really does try, he puts in a lot of time and effort with our home and family.  But, his idea of clean is, if it's stuffed in a closet and you can't see it, it's clean.  He prefers his yard work and I am very thankful for this, I like the outside to be tidy as well. My idea of clean is, everything has a place to call home.  My closets should be clean and tidy, making me smile when I open them instead of cringe.

I have tried for years to ignore my need for organization and cleanliness, believing that it was my problem and no one else's.  And to some extent that is true.  It is my reaction to clutter and disorganization that is my problem.  But you know what, I'm not going to ignore it anymore.  I am going to embrace my need and desire for a clean and organized home.  That's right, I'm going to let my neat freak flag fly and the rest of the people in this house can just deal with it. LOL!!

Thanksgiving weekend I spent three days in my eight year old daughter Gigi's room, trying to tame the mess.  The strange thing is, that if you just walked into her room, you wouldn't have thought it was messy.  The floor was reasonably clean, and there were just a few things lying around that could have been put away.  What you couldn't see was the chaos lurking in every closet and drawer.  It's all those Polly Pockets, Barbies, Littlest Pet Shop animals, and their accessories.  All you parents out there know exactly what I'm talking about.

I was prepared for a struggle, Gigi, like most kids doesn't like to get rid of anything.  This time though, she was more cooperative.  We tossed all the broken items, things that were missing pieces and even a few things that she hadn't used in a while.  I was so proud. 

What took the longest, was sorting all those little pieces out.  What helped immensely was the clear plastic shoe boxes that I got at home depot for about $1.17.  These things are great!  You can fit tons of little things in them, they stack neatly on top of eachother, and they fit so nicely in her drawers. I plan on doing this sort of thing in the rest of the house as well.  No more telling my kids to pick up their toys, only to find them thrown in a corner some where, because they don't know where to put them.  I feel like if we were moving tomorrow atleast Gigi's room would be so easy.  Just pack up all her little shoe boxes and we're good to go. 

If you have any good tips for organizing or storing items please share, I know I'm not the only one in this group who would love to hear them.  Right, Christine, Tamar and Deirdre? LOL!

Happy Spring cleaning!
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  1. What a great idea with the shoe boxes!! I love this :) All those little pieces drive me crazy. You are a great Mama to take the time to do this in Gigi's room, even if she doesn't realize it I bet she appreciates the feeling she gets when she opens that closet door now too!

  2. I wish I were an organizing junkie too! I am a messy person. ;-P



    1. No worries Rosa, the reason I'm such a junky is because there's always a mess to clean up around here LOL!

  3. I just tried to tame my son's room. He was not happy about having things sorted and put into containers.

    1. Isn't it funny how we think kids will love having all their toys neat and orderly, so they can find them easier. They definitely have their own ideas about how they like their things arranged.


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