Organizing For The Creative Mind: The Case of the Travelling Circus
You know those people who just SO lucked out when it comes to genetics? Like they got the best of everything that their parents literally have to offer?
Well. When it comes to matters of the mind and basic life skills, I got the crap end of the gene pool. (at least that is what I am blaming it on…)
The first problem is that I am creative (its a blessing or a curse, depending on if you are talking to me or Court.) He even went so far as to tell his Grandpa that I have Project Diarrhea. It never ends, there is no holding it back, and it effects everyone around me. You are welcome for that visual. Lovely.
The second problem is that I am a RAGING 7. If you have no idea what I am talking about, take this personality quiz, it is my favorite one ever! Being a Seven means that I love to have new exciting things going on at all times. If its not exciting, I am not doing it. It also means that and I quote “sevens have a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies.” There is no such thing as simply organizing a drawer. We are going to organize EVERY drawer, cabinet, closet in the house, and while I’m at it, I am going to start going to the gym, reading and meditating every single morning before I check my email, make a home cooked meal every night AND clean up after it, start 3 new blogs, train the dog and completely redesign my kitchen. All because of a drawer that had too many tools in it. Want to know how many of those things will actually happen? Only the really fun one.
Today I am airing all my dirty laundry (literally). Please don’t judge me. I am so far from wonderful it is embarrassing. Phew. Here we go!
I know that I may be on the extreme end of the spectrum when it comes to order and organizing (with my girl Jen on the complete opposite side, she is AMAZING!) but that doesn’t mean that I LIKE to live like this. It in fact drives me insane. I can never find anything that I need because everything goes everywhere. Case in point. A few days ago I couldn’t find a Philips head screwdriver anywhere. Which is so lame, because we literally own 10 + about 30 interchangeables. I mean, we have more screwdriver tips than Home Depot. I searched everywhere for a good 20 minutes. Guess where I found not 1, but 3? The bathroom drawer. Right next to the toothpaste and (wait for it) a butter knife.
I desperately needed to come up with a solution that could help me pull my crap together, without getting distracted. I really don’t have ADD, I just want to do something enjoyable. At all times.
Laser focus. So here are a few things that I do or have started implementing in my life.
I pulled out a few bins from the garage and labeled them:
I started in the kitchen. Every drawer and cupboard was cleared out. Everything that is supposed to live in the garage went in one bin.
Everything that was crafting/project supplies when in a second bin.
Everything that was the girl’s went in a third bin.
Everything that was decor related went in a fourth bin.
I was SHOCKED at how much more storage I had when everything was separated.
Then I toted my totes around every room in the house and left order and unicorn tears in my wake. It was beautiful.
Catch All Permission Granted:
One of the other problems that I face is that I am always bringing things into the house for projects. Tools/supplies/finds, you know, the stuff that makes up Vintage Revivals. I know myself. I am not going to put things where they are supposed to be when I get home. I needed a designated area to put things like this. And I know that you are probably not bringing these specific types of treasures in your home on a daily basis, but this would totally work for the things that you frequently stack on the closest flat surface to the front door.
I went to Homegoods (of course I did) and bought this really great reed basket for $25. This is literally my catch all. Everything that is a blog related supply goes into the basket until I need it or have time to put them all away. Doing this totally cuts down on my “I should be more on top of life” guilt, because it is supposed to be filled with stuff, that is why I bought it! Hooorah!
Once everything was clean, I did a quick run through with the Swiffer Steamboost and felt like I had actually accomplished something for the day.
These are just a few of my organizing ideas, P&G and The Home Depot have a whole site put together with more amazing tips, tricks, and projects, to make your 2014 bright and clean. (Including a sneak peek at the projects I am talking about tomorrow!!)
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This post was in partnership with P&G and The Home Depot. All opinions, ideas and clutter are completely my own.