I am a goal oriented person. Nothing makes me feel better than to set and achieve goals. My brother and sisters would consider me an over-achiever. I am a planner, I like to plan out vacations, plan projects, plan meals, the works, but somehow staying on top of organization in my house seems to be just out of my reach. There is nothing I hate more than going through closets and trying to decide what to get rid of. It doesn't matter if it is my closet or my kids' closets, so they are constantly overflowing. It doesn't help that I live in an old house with small closets but I should be able to get a handle on the situation. For crying out loud, I am well educated and bright enough, I am even a hard worker. The problem is with a husband, three kids and a dog, no matter how many times I try to organize things, it never stays that way. I feel like since about the week before Christmas I have done nothing but throw things away. You would not believe the amounts of garbage we have accumulated. I am completely embarassed because my husband has become that person who sneaks around the neighborhood at 10 or 11 p.m. on garbage night looking for cans to fill. I remember when we first got married we would watch out our window as one of our neighbors snuck around in his pajamas filling cans and we would laugh and laugh about how awful that was and now look at us! Seriously and do you know what we have been filling the neighbors cans with all month? Rocks! I am not even joking. You know all the awful lava rocks that were covering our fireplace? They had to go somewhere and it was into all our neighbor's half full cans. Lovely, I know, but I digress. The problem with my organization is not entirely that I don't throw away, the real problem is junk is continuously coming in. How do you fix it? Any amazing ideas out there? I am bound and determined to work my way through this house and junk more than I have ever done before, but how do I keep it that way? Here's what I started with today:
I am absolutely determined that 2011 will be the year that I SIMPLIFY. Send me all of your tips, PLEASE!