This should come as no surprise to me, but there really aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do, let alone those things I need to do but don’t really fancy (cleaning windows definitely falls into this category!).
The answer is simple, of course. Do fewer things. Or live in a underground house with no windows. Neither of these is particularly practical, despite my New Year’s Resolution this year. There is nothing for it but to be More Organised.
Being More Organised is something that fills me with hope, enthusiasm and optimism – until I realise that I’ve got to wade through my Unorganised Life to get there. No matter how hard I try to keep on top of them, there are always piles of paper, post, books, small daughter’s toys and the various other debris of family life either waiting to go upstairs or downstairs to be put away. It seems that as soon as I clear one space, there’s another one waiting. They pop up like those Whack A Mole games you see at fairgrounds.
Don’t get me wrong, my house isn’t a complete tip and I like to think that I’m reasonably close to the Flylady aspiration of being no more than 30 minutes away from having a house ready for visitors, but I have to confess that cleaning and tidying isn’t my favourite thing to do and so I am easily distracted from these tasks.
My plan is to make a concerted effort to try to get through the tide of my Unorganised Life to reach the banks of a More Organised life. My Bullet Journal is still working for me and I’m very glad that I started it this year. It’s needed a little refining to get it to how I need it to be, but I’m very pleased with it. I need to jump back onto the “swish and swipe” bandwagon and most of all, I need to get rid of lots of paper!
I think my biggest problem is that I don’t like to throw something out that might be useful later. I don’t think I’m in any danger of becoming one of those people whose houses are teetering piles of yellowing newspapers, but I do tend to hang onto those spare packets of brackets and screws that you get with IKEA furniture, and catalogues that are past their seasonal dates. Cables are another thing; phone chargers, landline extensions, TV scart leads – they congregate together in a drawer, getting in the way when I don’t need them and becoming invisible when I do. It’s time to sort all these things out. What if I was to get run over by a bus tomorrow? How would my family cope? They would have to deal with my Unorganised Life without me being able to interpret for them. It is a concern, wouldn’t you agree?
Baby steps are required here. I’ll start with the place that’s going to make the biggest impact (so not the attic, then) and work my way around the house. Put all those unwanted things onto Ebay and put the money in big daughter’s Peru fund. Don’t even think about going into small daughter’s bedroom just yet, which is Beyond Unorganised. (“But it’s fine, Mum, I know where everything is. It’s in that pile in the middle of the floor …”)
Clearing out all of the clutter will give me so much more time to do the things that I’d prefer to do. Like gardening. Or baking. Or knitting. I’ll be able to work my way through my yarn stash and that will be tidy as I knit all the yarn into socks. In fact, that might be a good place to start ….