Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Went Crazy...


Not literally, thank goodness but, crazy nonetheless. Crazy organizing. I will be the first to admit that I am not an organized person by nature. I have to work hard at it...really hard. I have to be extremely diligent and intentional at being organized. I tend to be one of those people that throws stuff in closets and cabinets to keep it at bay but, open them up and....watch out! I can only live with that for so long. I'm not really messy or cluttered, I usually just don't take the time to put things away in the proper order as much as I should. Yesterday, I happened to turn on the Oprah show because it was about organization and let me tell you, I was glued to the screen. They were doing ambushes in NYC apartments to help people de-clutter their homes. Now, the people that they ambushed had clutter out in the open, mine is hidden. But, now that I think about it, I don't think either is good. So, I was ready. I could instantly think of several areas that needed hauling out. One of the suggestions was, take 10 minutes a day and see what you can get done. I decided to go for the length of Sesame Street, which is about an hour. Here's what I did....


  • Cleaned out my pantry, condensed like items and got rid of old one and ordered canned goods, bottles, etc...

  • Sorted through the kids toys and threw out broken items and junk and made a pile for stuff to give away.

  • Organized my closet and hung my clothes in like-color groups. Took out anything I haven't worn in a year.

  • Cleaned out the junk drawer in my room. (yes, I have one in my room) Got rid of random papers and junk I never use.

  • Mopped my kitchen floor.

I'm not exaggerating. I got all of this done in an hour and man, I feel great. I really do. Now, hopefully I won't have to do it again in a while. I hope to tackle my spice cabinet and coffee cabinet next! Maybe, if I'm feeling extra ambitious, I'll take some pictures of my work and let you see it!

*UPDATE: A couple of people have asked how I did this in an hour. Well, I don't want anyone thinking that I'm like superwoman or I'm trying to boast in my amazing accomplishments or anything, because I'm totally not, and I don't do these types of things on a daily basis because frankly, I do have other things to do. :) Anyway, I just worked as fast as I could. I knew what needed tossing and what didn't. And as for mopping my floor, It wasn't the most thorough mopping I've ever done but, I did use a mop! Just thought I'd clear that up.

4 comments:

Sarah in the Middle said...

WooHoo! Go you :) Doesn't it feel so good? Just knowing that things are organized under the surface is a stress reliever. It makes me smile each time I open the doors :)
Maybe you will inspire me - I am also a closet shover - and things have been so busy that the chaos has started to emerge from it's hiding places . . .

Sarah said...

way to go!

Michelle said...

I can't beleive how much you got done in an hour!! Way to go!

Tabitha Blue said...

How in the world did you get all that done in an hour??!! Wow, Um, can you come to my house now? Just let me know when and I'll tell you where! Thanks.