Friday, September 22, 2006

Organization is Next to Cleanliness. Or Something Else Not Redundant.

It has been said more than once that I am organized. However, it's also true that I've shown up for ice skating wihtout a jacket and extra socks.

Let's examine that dichotomy for a minute, shall we?

While it is true that I do enjoy organizing my house, my house is messy. For example, when I have dirty dishes, I rinse them and stack them according to what goes into the dishwasher and what will be handwashed. And then I leave them. It might be because the dishwasher is full of clean dishes and the towel on the counter is full of clean dishes as well, and I have to do something else to do at the moment. I usually get to them within a day. In the meantime, I like them rinsed off so they're not all nasty. It's weird, but I like doing it this way. I mean, I like them to at least be somewhat cleanish if they're going to sit there a little while. My comfort level dictates that less than one day is okay to leave them. Especially when something crusty needs to soak.

The same is true for clean clothes in my room. I organize it into stacks in my bedroom, where it sits. And sits and sits and sits. Organized piles, mostly all folded, wait patiently to be put away. I just have other things to do. If it looks relatively neat, I don't worry about it. But, I know it isn't the way it should be. It isn't the way I WANT it to be because the room doesn't look neat, it looks messy. I am determined to organize my house better.

One of the biggest challenges against organization we face right now is not having a proper closet. We remodeled the bedroom and bathroom last year, and we still haven't installed shelves, racks, or drawers in the new walk-in closet. Things are just.....piled in there. On the dressers we have stuck in there for now, and piled up on whatever else there is. Ick.

I was inspired by a recent episode of "Wife Swap" which featured uber-organized suburban housewife Lisa Fine. The woman had plastic boxes for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Each was labeled. It wasn't enough that you could see through the boxes to what was inside. While I don't want plastic boxes everywhere, I do admire her thoroughness. That's what is lacking with me: thoroughness.

I prefer boxes that have a more natural look, made of materials like wood or wicker. It's just my preference. I like plastic for some things, especially items that will go in the attic to keep dust and water off. But for the house, give me natural materials. All of which costs money. After remodeling part of the house, there just aren't piles of cash lying about to go buy pretty baskets and nice shelves. There comes a time where the budget needs to be combed in order to get this place into shape. I don't need shelves made out of silver and gold, I just want some shelves.

This week I visited Storables, where I salivated over their custom closet design section. I went home and immediately measured my closet. Now I need to compare their prices with others. Let's see what Home Depot can do for me.

And yesterday, after inspiration delivered up by the Supernanny, I made a schedule for my daughter. It's great. Not only does it give her peace that comes from the knowledge of what will happen and when, I have an answer ready when she asks, "Can I watch a movie?" I don't have think about it or bargain with her while frantically trying to recall what is happening on another day I can tell her she can watch a movie and then have to further remember not to break my promise when that day arrives. I can simply turn to the trusty schedule say, "Yep! Today is Friday. It's movie day!"

11 comments:

Melissa said...

I think I'm in love with you. But I don't have a schedule. ;)

M J said...

I wish I could go to bed at 8 pm too! Love the schedule. What kinds of chores are on her list?

Lady M said...

That schedule looks terrific! I wish I had one that wasn't double and triple booked.

The Container Store is one of my favorite places in the world. Yay for fun containers!

Melissa said...

I vaccumed today. Just thought you'd like to know, 'cause I figured you'd be the only one impressed by that. ;)

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Carrien said...

I just put together a schedule, and I love it. My kids love it too. And you know what, When I write in Friday between 11-12, put everything on bedroom floor away, I actually do it, because I know when I"ll next get to sit, and blog, and sleep, etc. Oh, and I'm wiping the bathroom counter every two days. (I am turning into a total nerd, but a happy organized one)

I rinse and stack the dishes too. Or I did, until I started making myself unload the dishwasher in the mornings.

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