I’ve recently got into crafting.
I use the word “crafting” very loosely, by the way, but I do love playing around and getting creative.
As many of you know, I do love lists and so I’ve made two lists – “things to make” and “things to make this year with supplies I already have“.
See, there’s a distinction.
One is more “pie in the sky” and very much on the nice to have list whereas the other list is more grounded in reality. I already have the supplies at home so all I have to do is take them out and CREATE.
When I was making the second list last week, I thought about how it’s the same with organising.
We have these tv/ blog/ Pinterest-like visions of what our organised homes should look like, complete with state-of-the-art organising systems, the most beautiful containers and worthy to appear on a tv show.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming, and dreaming big, but when we become paralysed and not motivated by the dream, there’s something wrong.
The thing is that those visions of perfection often leave us demotivated and uninspired to even start because you think, “what’s the point? I could never have it look like that”.
Why not rather look at your home realistically?
See what you can and are able to do and take it from there. Use what you have in the time you have available and just do the best you can do.
Read that paragraph again…
Here are some action steps for your organising REALITY list:
1. Take a piece of paper and a pen (I like a clipboard) and write down the rooms in your home that need some work. Leave space under each room heading.
2. Now walk around your house and make a list under each heading of what you want to do. For example, in the study/ home office
* tidy desk
* do filing
*put photos in photo albums/ frames, etc.
3. Choose a room to start and pick your first project.
4. Here’s the important part – use things you DO have to help you organise. The most important thing is simply a bin/ wastepaper basket.
5. Don’t let the idea of pretty stop you from having things function well. Remember a shoebox works just as well to store things as a fancy box from The Container Store.
Tell me honestly, do you get paralysed and overwhelmed by all the perfect organising solutions out there?
(I do when I let myself dwell on them!)
PS Contact me if you need any help coming up with an organising strategy for your space. The wonders of Skype mean we can very easily consult virtually.