Yes, I'll admit it. Hello, my name is Stacy. 'Hi, Stacy.' And I like to organize!
Look, just look at these gorgeous shelves!
Don't you love it? (Nod your head yes to the crazy lady.) I breathe a little easier when I look at it. It makes me happy. That might be a little sad, but it's true!
My OCD tendencies I blame on my mom(isn't that where all our issue come from? ;0) Saturday mornings growing up, we cleaned the house to Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera while other kids got to watch cartoons. My room was appropriately messy as a kid but as soon as I left the house that pretty much changed. A therapist might say it was my attempt to gain control in a time of my life where there was little, and they would probably be right! But those situations have since been resolved(largely). Yet the desire to organize is here to stay!
Sometimes it creates silly problems. Like in gardening. Square Foot Gardening is a fantastic method and I think it makes complete sense! But I can't do it. I tried. It just drove me crazy. I like my rows, my neat rows measured out and planted with string strung between stakes to ensure they are straight. Last year we planted bush beans. There were two rows that ended up way wack(the hubs was doing his best to help). I'm still not entirely sure if I were more upset or relieved when the plants bit the dust after so much flooding and rabbit munching. No longer did I have to look at those crooked rows.
Ah, my poor brain, always looking for balance and harmony in a world of chaos! I am, however, able to resist the urge to put my mini leveler in the diaper bag while out and about. Oh yes, kids! How do I survive needing a (fairly) clean and organized home with kids? Simple! They learn early on how to pick up. Usually around the 18 month age they are ready. We work on it together and take breaks throughout the day or between activities so there isn't one big overwhelming mess at the end.
What is your best organizational tip or product to use?
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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