The Beauty of Being Organized
What does it mean to be organized? According to Business Dictionary, to be organized means to “take something that is messy, chaotic, or unordered and rearrange it logically, into a structured or coherent layout, or into specific and/or defined groups; or, the state of being efficient or methodical”.
I used to be the epitome of efficient and methodical. B.C.-Before Children. My house used to be clean for a week at a time and I would still clean it the next weekend. There were no handprints on anything. I didn’t have holes in my clothes from where my youngest decided to play “bad puppy”. I read all day on the weekends. I watched worthless horror movies. I made it to work on time-without speeding!
Now, I have to combat watermelon dripping down my kiddos elbows as they eat. It wouldn’t be so bad if they stayed on the linoleum, but they like to wander. I found a moldy, half-eaten strawberry in my daughter’s closest the other day. Apparently, she was feeding her babies. When they eat Cheetos or Doritos, they would rather wipe their hands on their shirts and pants than use a washrag. It makes no sense.
Just tonight my daughter peed on the carpet and tossed a coat on top of it to hide it. She’s 4 years old for God sakes! If I wouldn’t have been looking for my son’s missing tablet, which ended up being under the cushions of the sofa, I would have never noticed the coat tossed on the other side of the sofa or the puddle of urine underneath it. Why do they pee on the floor? Can anyone tell me that? She’s been potty trained for a year and a half.
One last funny note. Have you seen those videos of adults pretending to be kids? LMAO!
It is a daily, uphill battle to keep my home and children organized. How do I do it?
- To-do lists
- Assigned places for things
- Keeping down on clutter
- Morning and evening routines
- Keeping track of time
- Daily planning
- Goal setting
- Knowing and staying away from time sucks
- Having a buffer when things go wrong (they always go wrong!)
I’m not kidding. Things always go wrong. Building a buffer is probably the most important aspect of time management with kids. It takes 4 times as long to get ready to go somewhere during the work week and 10 times as long during the weekend!
What strategies do you use to keep organized?
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