I ponder this fact because frankly, as much pleasure as I'm getting out of this, I don't want this to be my permanent Lenten challenge. Maybe every 5 years. I want to get behind the psychological issues that prevent me from living a clutter-free life. This month's O Magazine is all about organizing, and it informs many of these reasons.
1. The Thrill of Shopping: If you've ever played The Sims, you know that your Sim gets happy points for getting new stuff. That's true in reality as well. Everyone loves to buy something new once in a while, whether they need it or not. Maybe it's a little notebook or a new pen. Perhaps its something bigger. Either way, I have to curb impulse buys. I should enact the "one in, one out" policy. Every time I buy something new, something else has to go. With the kitchen, that's actually pretty simple. When you run low on food, get more. With meal planning, a lot less food will go to waste.
2. Left brain vs. right brain: Real Simple did an article a year or so ago about organizing for the left brain and right brain. When most of us think of organizing, we tap into whatever left brained-ness we have and go to town. Organizing really satisfies that side of the mind. However, if you live a right-brained life, as I do, you have to cater to that impulse. Rather than putting all of your shoes in one place, have a place for them where you usually need them. For example, Jason and my running shoes live in the foyer, along with our boots. I have a place in my bedside table for hair stuff and pens, because I always seem to need one. Don't fight your natural instincts.
3. Emotional clutter: I'm amazed at how many sentimental things I had saved. Movie ticket stubs for movies I hated; Valentines from people I'm not even Facebook friends with; and old school pictures that fit the same criteria. It's a major reason that people let clutter into their lives (see: Hoarders), and it is definitely something to consider.
4. Informational clutter: Oh man, this is definitely part of my clutter issue. Jason and I own close to 350 books. Now, I am in academia and plan on using many of these books. We are pretty voracious readers of both fiction (him) and non-fiction (me). I've also saved a lot of term papers over the years, because I don't want to lose that research. This has saved me a ton of work over the years. Even if the topic isn't the same, many of the same issues arise, so I can turn to those papers. They are organized in plastic pockets in a binder. I also have an index card box that has all of my research organized.
My kitchen is now organized, and I managed to keep myself to one picture. The fridge and cupboard aren't much to look at, but the pantry is so much more functional!
|This makes me oddly happy.|
I enjoy writing about my version of homemaking and life, considering I'm a working mom. So many lady blogs are by stay-at-home moms, or free-wheeling 20 something moms that I can't identify with. I hope I can attract a specific audience who feels left out of the 20-something blog world.