People who know me might be laughing right now. I am a go with the flow type mom, and messes are part of the flow. However, without some serious organization, homeschooling and 4 sons meant overwhelm. (Yes, four sons, the cutie in the photo is a granddaughter, a new adventure.)
Since, organization can be a struggle for me, I’ve worked hard to come up with simple solutions. These are boy tested, and worked for us. I found the more elaborate a system, the less likely I was to keep it up. Okay, let’s get functionally organized.
The classic organization advice is to have a place for everything. Great advice, however, things always seemed to migrate. What’s up with that? We’ve probably all tried to put everything in it’s place…but often that seems to not be quite the ticket. So a few additions to that excellent advice.
Eliminate the clutter. Recently, we’ve been doing some pretty radical culling out of our belongings and I realize just how overdue we were. I’ve also been reading up on minimalism. I’m working toward a more simplified life, and have found a great deal of wisdom in letting go of so many material things.
If you are constantly having to re-organize your stuff, it might not be that your unorganized, it might just be you have too much stuff! Really, think it through. Being organized is great, but if you are just organizing to fit more and more stuff into your home, it’s time to back up and re-evaluate. Things take up space, financial resources, and time. Make sure the trade off is worth it.
If your children are overwhelmed by the thought of picking up their rooms, they probably have too much stuff in there. Do them a favor and help them sort out their favorites and donate the rest to a charity. A win win for everyone.
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