Guest Post by Angie Weid, Organized Solutions
Kids get rewarded all the time. Sometimes it’s a simple star on their paper, and that star means the world to them. Any parent with a frig full of starred and smiley faced papers will agree. It does not take much to feel special to children because they simply enjoy the act of being honored without value being added to it.
I have found that the last person rewarded in many households is the mom. The one person busting their butt for everyone inside and outside the home. Your mom orchestrates the ballet of soccer, school projects, scouts, meals, laundry, dishes and "Oh mom, I need 12 things that start with the letter 'H' by tomorrow morning." And she does it with a smile (at least it looks like a smile).
Slowly the clutter begins to build up around the house. There are only so many hours in a day and you begin to believe you can't get caught up, so what's the point in trying?
"If you think you can or think you can't, you are right," is the famous saying by Henry Ford.
Challenge yourself to stop the "I can't" thinking and turn yourself around. It took time for the clutter to build. It will take time for it to get under control. Be patient with yourself.
Let me suggest this:
- With notepad in hand, walk through your home and note the areas you want to work on.
- Choose an area to get organized, schedule it on your calendar.
- Break the project down into small tasks. Instead of organize kitchen, think organize upper cabinets, lower cabinets, junk drawer, pantry, or counter top.
- Take on one small task and complete it.
- Schedule your next project.
- REWARD YOURSELF!! Take a couple minutes longer in the shower, let the kids eat cookies for breakfast so you can sleep in a bit, go for a walk after dinner by yourself … geez, sometimes going to the bathroom by yourself is a treat!
Post your list of projects to complete and put stars next to them as you complete them. It may sound elementary, though remember how great you felt in school when your teacher put a star on you paper.
Don't forget: Your home is going to be feeling better and better with each task you complete.
Meet Professional Organizer Angie Weid
Angie is the owner and rocket scientist of Organized Solutions. She is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) and has been featured on CBS-WTOL and ABC-WTVG new programs. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Toledo Area 20 Under 40 Award. Angie is the author of the blog, I Organize You, whose goal is to help you LOVE your space. Here you will find stories on project, tips, life and other thoughts that drift into her head.
Angie is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (yes, she truly is a rocket scientist), with 8 years experience as a Design Engineer and Program Manager at Ford Motor Company. Good organization, creativity and quick critical thinking are a few skills she has developed as an engineer. As a single mother of 2 beautiful boys, she has learned the art of multi-tasking and understands how overwhelming life can get without a plan to enjoy it.
She’s a fun filled, adventure seeking, slightly dorky, incredibly passionate chick on a mission to absorb life and squeeze every drip out of it … with these really cool "grippy toes."