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Why the Clutter? Digging Deeper…

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Today I want to ask you some tough questions. Those of you that know me, know well that I don’t have a hard time speaking my mind. That is good I suppose since I’m starting a blog. But, I really try not to be offensive in my honesty and directness. I’m hoping my “blog voice” can convey this!

I want to dig a little deeper and ask you to consider: why do you want to be organized? Being organized really can eat up a ton of time and money, with hundreds of books, shows and websites “helping” you out and offering you thousands of great products. It is estimated that US demand for home organization products will increase to $8.6 billion in 2015! <source>

Are you like me, and you’ve done your share in contributing to this statistic! Do you feel like all that stuff isn’t accomplishing anything? The problem is, these things won’t make you organized! They may “get you organized” for a time, but they won’t “make” you an organized person.

At this point I wish I could tell you the one key thing for you to be organized for the rest of your life – Sorry! I can’t say what will make you organized! I wish I could though, because apparently I’d be making millions! However, I believe the key for you is something you can discover before you waste any more of your precious resources.

This is where the real work starts! I would encourage you to ask yourself these questions…

 

 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions… Do you care about the negative impact? Did you feel a little tug on your heart as you answered yes? Does one, or more of these questions make you want to get control of areas in your home, schedule or life? If so, consider these questions as well.

 

Think about these questions seriously for a minute – what does greater organization mean to you and your family?

 

You see, a pretty closet is wonderful after we have accomplished it. We can all walk past it with a little added happiness for a few days or weeks. The bad news: a closet, desk, kitchen… doesn’t stay organized because it looks pretty. It stays organized when someone is motivated to maintain that order day in and day out. When you focus not on order, but on the change it has brought in your life and how it makes you feel – then you will be motivated. If you are being more patience and kind to your children, saving money, enjoying your home with family & friends more – these things motivate you for the long haul! Why? Because they are good priorities, things that are supposed to bring us JOY!

This WHY part is so close to my heart. For me, it is about really looking at what my priorities are in my life according to God’s will for me, and ordering my time and energy in a way that the first things stay first. I will never be perfect at anything. When I try to be, I find I fail miserably at everything. In this blog I hope to be real with you. At times I will show you fun projects as I create and maintain order in my home. But I also hope to be honest in my struggles to be organized only to the point that my firsts are my firsts!


I know today was a little serious! sorry about that! If you are totally overwhelmed, or would just like a little temporary happiness… here is a recipe that will do just that in the form of sugar! Recipes are not a primary focus of this blog. However, sometimes I find recipes so yummy they must be shared! This is where you will find them!

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Organization 101 … From The Beginning

Before I talk organization, I have to send out a super big THANK YOU! It was a little scary to hit that “publish” button on my first post. It was even more scary to hit “share” and “send” to let you all know via Facebook & email that it was out there! But the last week has been so encouraging! So many of you have posted & shared & messaged & emailed… such supportive words. You have all been such a blessing to me and I hope the posts that follow bless you in one way or another!

 

I’d like to spend the first few weeks of this blog laying out a foundation for many things to come – with some fun projects mixed in of course. I don’t just LOVE! to organize, although I do LOVE! to organize! I love to organize because of the gift that it is. This gift may be as simple as a pretty space, or more significant as it simplifies life and promotes time for the things that really matter.

 

Yes, a girl who is starting a blog about (mostly) organization, just admitted that organization isn’t one of the things that REALLY matters in life. It is about the means to the end: having time and peace of mind to spend my days watching baseball or soccer, taking the kids swimming, grilling out with friends, enjoying family night, or sharing a drink with my love after the house is quiet with sleeping children.

 

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But really, who wouldn’t love one (or all) of these spaces in their home!

 

I have to pause here and clarify – these photos that say “source” under them, are not in my house – click source to find out where I found them. We’ll get to my house pictures soon – promise! But actually, the fact that these photos aren’t what my home actually looks like, is kinda my whole point! More on that…

 

Do you ever see photos like these in a magazine and feel totally inadequate in your ability to organize your home. As you may have noticed, an organized home is very “in style” these days. However I personally (and I may be alone here) find it utterly exhausting to stay “in style”. And the reality is, those spaces were “staged” to make a great photo – they don’t look like that every day. It seems to me that we all need to be a little more realistic of our expectations of ourselves. I think it is of high value to stop buying fancy boxes, bins, sorters, labels and dividers and get inside your head and heart, before you “organize” any more closets! We need to look at why we want to be more organized before we keep trying to organize…feeling like a failure…trying…failing…trying…failing…

 

As a busy wife and mother of three that gets butterflies when I walk in the Container Store, I am constantly evaluating why and how I am organizing my home. I want to maintain order -which has time, money and emotional costs and benefits, but it is also a continual struggle for me to not over-organize.

 

Some of you may be thinking, this lady is NOT for me! Over-organizing is not something I need to read about. But it is the same struggle for all of us – finding a balance in our busy lives and placing our priorities in the right place – in a way that allows us to use more of our precious resources for the things that are closest to our hearts.

 

Doesn’t this uber cute word art put it in perspective! Love this artwork from Hop Skip Jump Paper.

 

I don’t spend days or weeks organizing my home, I do have 3 young children! I spend 20 minutes here or 20 minutes there, with an occasional hour or two set aside for a larger project. I’ll be regularly posting these little projects I take on, sharing my methods and tips along the way.

 

Here is one fun project I did this summer, that is super simple! Follow this link to to see a little tip on Cord Control!

 

Over the next month or so of this introductory series, I hope you will continue to join me as I go a little deeper and share the battles in my head and tugs of my heart. I must constantly return to what have become for me “the basics”, as I attempt to care for this family and home I have been blessed with in the best possible way I can.

Thanks so much for joining me! Please visit me here again and what fun is it if I’m the only one talking! I’d love to continue to hear from you on Facebook, by email (Jaime@organizedhousewife.com) or comment on my post.

Welcome to OH!

Welcome!  I am so glad you have taken the time out of your busy day to see what I’m up to with my new “Organized Housewife” blog!  I have always enjoyed muddling in various creative outlets and these pursuits have proven to be a source of much needed respite from the stress of life. (Not that my family is ever stressful!)  However over the years I have come to realize that organization is my true passion.  It is the job I could do and not get paid for, if the rest of my life would allow such a luxury.  I love the way an organized space changes not only the state of that place, but the state of mind for those that utilize it.

Gorgeous, right!?! Wouldn’t meal planning and prep be so much more fun if you were using this pantry!
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I know, this stuff isn’t as exciting to all of you as it is to me, but pictures like that have to make you a little jealous too!  When my kids are napping and there isn’t something on the “urgent list”, you won’t find me reading or watching television.  I’m probably dreaming of how to make a closet or drawer more functional or visually appealing. O.K. let’s be honest – there is an equally good chance that I’m taking a nap!   But, I really can’t think of a much more enjoyable afternoon than wandering through The Container Store with a Starbucks in hand!  When I go to someone’s house that has a little chaos going on, I don’t think poorly of them, but I do want to start sorting, tossing, categorizing, labeling….!

I guess you could say organizing is my “thing”.  When I make a “quick” trip to Target for a gallon of milk and shampoo I still find myself wandering through the office and home organizational aisles.  Some women can’t help but walk through the accessories and shoe department.  There are a couple of women in my life that I can always call if I need jewelry or shoes to go with a specific outfit.  They can tell me instantly where to find a chunky turquoise necklace and wedge shoes that will go perfectly my new dress.   I on the other hand  have no idea which stores have fabulous jewelry, but I can tell you where to go for almost any organizational item in any size and color!

This crazy obsession of mine with ordering disorganized spaces – even those that are not mine – is not one of condemnation – I promise!  I get those energizing butterflies in my stomach when opportunity exists to help someone’s life be a little more simplistic and orderly.  I would love to come into each and every one of your homes and do your organization projects with you: learning your oh so creative! inspirations, taking part in the transformation,  and then sitting with you over a cup of coffee too ogle and ahhh at the end result.  But the reality is that at this point of my life that peaceful cup of coffee would be interrupted by a precious mini-me  in need of food, drink, help on the potty…

How productive could we all be if we had this bad-boy in our kitchen?! Notice the bins added to the inside of the door and the paper organization to the side. Functional and so pretty too!  <source>

Seriously, don’t you all just overflow with joy when you have successfully ordered something in your life – LOVE! it!  So, here comes my blog!  My dream is that this becomes a place where I can help others find focus and inspiration in their organizational pursuits, and be inspired myself by readers.  I envision a community where I can share the projects I am passionate about in my home, and others can share their successes to inspire me.  I hope to share “guest posts” of your organizational genius! and work with you to transform areas of your home.

Thank you so much for joining me on this very first post!  Poke around a little, as there is a sampling of what is to come scattered about – in a most organized way of course!  If you don’t know me – super BIG thank-you for checking out my first post, and please read a little About Me.

My first series of posts will introduce you to my site, give you a little taste of what’s to come and let you know how I approach organization.  You can subscribe by email using the registration box in the right column to be notified when a new post occurs, and use the button below to “share” a post with friends using Facebook or email.