“I realised, the problem was more me than time”
If you want to get organised – and stay organised, it doesn’t come easy and it does come with a cost: it does cost TIME to get there. And a lot of people don’t take that time, they assume being organised is a genetic trait for some and it comes easy…It is true that for some its easier, but not because they are born organised -nobody is born with clutter- they learned.
Which is good news, because you can teach an old dog new tricks!!
But it takes time and dedication and you have to change some things in the way you live your life.
I recently read an article by an American blogger and she explicitly mentioned that you have to make the time – and make your family and kids wait sometimes.
We are so focused on being there for others, that we forget our self and the need of our houses. A household needs attention and time otherwise it doesn’t function.
If you put routines into place and make it clear to these around you that this is the new way and does benefit everyone, you can considerably change the way your home (or office for that matter) feels.
Here are a couple of ideas:
- Make your kids wait till you cleared the table and put things away before taking them out of their high chair.
- Make people stay in their room till they made the bed in the morning.
- Make kids wait in their room till they tidied away their toys before going out.
- Replying to an e mail can wait till you saw all of them and tossed and filed the lot.
- Answering an SMS can wait till you stopped the car to do so safely.
- Stop to put your shoes away before entering the house.
- Stop going to bed till you put the dishes in the dishwasher and cleared the horizontal surfaces in the kitchen.
- Don’t wash till you have put the last load away.
Once you start thinking about it, you will realise there a 100 small opportunities during a day at home or in the office to stop and mindfully finish something before starting the next.
Your home, office and the people around you will thank you (in the long run!!)