Today I walked around my house miserable for what felt like a half an hour looking for the Ibuprofen.
If you’re an organized person you might be thinking, “Did someone hide the Ibuprofen from this poor woman? Who would do such a thing??”
Um, no. No one did that. I just couldn’t find it.
The Ibuprofen wasn’t in its place which is my messy medicine cabinet, but it does in fact have a place.
The problem was that I absentmindedly put it away in the spice cabinet. This happens way too often in my home. I find things in places that make absolutely no sense.
I know this happens, so sometimes when I am putting something away I will say it out loud and repeat it a few times in my head so that I might remember when I look for the thing again where it is.
But most of the time when I am absentminded, I have something else on my mind so I am not thinking about reminding myself where I’m putting a thing.
The only cure I can think of for this one is to be intentional and present in your life. Think about the things you’re doing as you’re doing them.
Easier said than done, I suppose.
I Live With Messy People
Here’s a ridiculous thing that actually just happened while I’m sitting here on my bed typing this.
I had asked my husband to pick up Tums while he was out. My stomach was kind of yucky today.
So he just got home and came upstairs and gave me the bottle of Tums.
Ok, so that’s nice. I don’t feel good so he brought them to me.
But why the whole bottle? I just need two Tums and the bottle should be in the medicine cabinet where it belongs so next time I know where it is. Right?
This happens with tons of different things.
My husband will also take a glass of soda and the WHOLE bottle of soda with him into whatever room he is drinking his soda in. Sometimes he puts it back, sometimes he doesn’t.
So basically, even if I am super intentional about putting things where they belong, no one else is.
It Seems Hard
I think I am a minimalist at heart. I have no problem decluttering stuff at all.
But the next step after that of finding a home for everything seems really hard and overwhelming to me.
I don’t know why that is. I just know that when I think of organizing systems, my brain does the same foggy thing it does when I have to do Math.
It just isn’t a comfortable thing for me to think about.
Which probably means that I need to learn more about that part of it.
I Don’t Really Care That Much About It
There are three parts of the Home Ecosystem.
Of those three, I hate cleaning, but I love clean. So it’s easy for me to be invested in getting a clean home. I love the outcome.
Decorating I love everything about. That’s a no brainer. I can do anything to do with decorating all day long.
Some people love organizing. My daughter actually does. She got it from my mother-in-law, I think.
But I don’t really care about it. I don’t get satisfaction from seeing a perfectly organized drawer. I don’t care if there are messy spots hidden behind closed doors. It doesn’t bug me.
So of course it makes sense that organizing is never a priority for me.
I Have Too Much Stuff
First of all, I already told you, I am good at decluttering. I don’t have any problem getting rid of stuff.
But I STILL have too much stuff. There is just so much stuff to be had!
It’s crazy, really. There are so many things that we want or need or whatever and it’s just so incredibly easy to get.
Three clicks of my mouse and it’s at my front door in two days.
I don’t even have to get in the car. It just magically arrives.
It’s very hard to keep up with purging when things are arriving fast and furious every day pretty much.
Some people do a no spend week, I should do a “Nothing Comes In The House” week. And see how many things I miss.
I’m not really lazy, but I can do lazy things. Like leave my glasses on my desk where the dog can reach them and then she eats them.
Yes, that really happened.
If I had been organized and had a place to put my glasses in my office to keep them safe, that wouldn’t have happened. But I’m lazy about things like that.
That’s All the Reasons I’m Not Organized
That was an interesting exercise for me. I feel like the fact that I’ve worked out WHY I’m disorganized will help me start to figure out how to get aboard the organization train.
You should do this exercise, too. Sit down and see what reasons you come up with.
In the meantime, I’m going to work on solutions to my reasons.