I, like many of my fellow bloggers, struggle with organization. Working at Rubbermaid, it has always been both encouraging, but sometimes depressing, that I just can't keep my home orderly. Rubbermaid makes so many great products, but they are merely tools to get you there…You still have to actually do it yourself. (shocking, right?
After working here for a number of years, I have a lot of cool products, giving me many great opportunities for organization, yet I have never achieved the mecca of how I thought our home should look and function. My husband, Jon, and I had pretty much given up the idea of us ever having that "perfect" and organized home.
Enter Lorie Marrero and her book, Clutter Diet.
As a professional organizer, our company had her come in to give a presentation. It was revolutionary! She said things like:
Organization is not an achievable state, its a process. Much like body issues, our media gives us an unrealistic idea of what our home should look like. People aren't born that way. Not a one size fits all approach. and… It's not about being perfect.
You have to work at it. She gave real-world tips and solutions that approach the idea of clutter control like weight control. Its a daily decision to stay organized and its something that must be prioritized. You can't just clean your house once a week (or month!), put everything "away" and it stay that way. It has to be a system that you and your household invest in doing.. every day. LIke eating right and exercising, its not a once a week fix. After hearing all this, instead of feeling overwhelmed, I feel inspired. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of what hasn't worked in the past and why.
My organization plan doesn't have to be perfect, it just had to work for me and my life.