While that may make me laughable in the eyes of some people, I'll argue that my philosophy just plain makes life easier. Unfortunately, I didn't figure that out until I was midway through my 20s, so I did spend some of my adult years kind of floundering around wondering why everything I had to do took so darn long.
Here's the new me:
When I'm organized - when life is organized - I'm just happier and more centered. Not that accidents and chaos and 'what the hecks' don't happen, of course. It's just that when I have all my ducks in a row, dealing with those things is just a lot easier.
So I'm wondering: Are you feeling off kilter in your life? If so, maybe some of the little organizing tips I figured out late in life might help you like they helped me. Here are just some of them ...
- Stashing a full jug of water near the cats' dishes - which are nowhere near a faucet. The poor things' water dishes would routinely dry out because carting them upstairs was a big pain in the butt. You can expand on this by putting like with like in different situations, which makes having to do things of all kinds exponentially easier.
- Keeping work clothes separate from play clothes. My nicer tops and bottoms are hanging in the closet; everything else is stuffed (I'm sorry to say) into drawers. I even keep my work clothes sequestered in the wash so I can wash, dry, fold, and put away everything I need for work in sequence without having to dig through other laundry to find it.
- Storing Tupperware containers with the lids on. As tempting as it is to nest food storage containers, that leads to a game I like to call "Digging for Lids". Which is not conducive to easy to navigate cabinets. I Freecycled a whole lot of Tupperware - basically everything that would no longer fit if every container was stacked with lids on - and still have more than enough. No more lost lids!
- Cleaning up the kitchen before bed. Even just a little bit of a wipe helps things feel not so trashy the next morning. Yes, sometimes the dishes sit overnight. In fact, I am going home to a sink full of dishes in just a few minutes. But the counters are clean, as is the stove. Clutter won't be greeting me.
- Carrying a notebook and writing things down. I'm already carrying a giant handbag wherever I go, and now that diapers aren't taking up valuable space, I have room for a biggish notebook. It's my to-do list. It's where I log hours when I'm working away from my home computer. It's what helps me keep track of appointments and social engagements. Without it, I'd be lost. Alternately, use a tablet. I just happen to like paper.
- Laying out clothes and other things the night before. It seems so simple, so I don't know why it took me so long to figure out that taking 5 minutes to put out what I'd need the next day (like a ready to rock coffee maker) will save me 15 minutes or more of struggling to pick an outfit or find my phone.