On Getting Organized

It’s always been a struggle for me to keep a clean and organized house. I’m not @winelibrarian. I can go to bed with dishes in the sink and clutter all over my house. I can step over piles of junk mail on the floor. I can pretend that my bedroom floor isn’t covered in dirty laundry. I never set out to ignore these things. After awhile, I get annoyed with the condition my condo is in and clean the shit out of it. Then I promise myself that I will never let it get that bad again. Two days later, I’m throwing clothes on my bedroom floor and stepping over more piles of junk mail.

The current state of my condo can be partially attributed to how busy I was this summer. Often, I’d come home from one trip, do a load of laundry, then re-pack my suitcase for my next adventure. So the living room got cluttered with things from various trips, junk mail (I only check my mail once per week), and other assorted items. Because I live 45 minutes away from work, I’m away from home nearly 10 hours every day. Honestly, the last thing I want to do is come home and vacuum, do a load of laundry, or clean the bathroom.

In the past, I’ve been accused of being lazy when it comes to keeping a clean home. And maybe I can be a bit lazy, you know, with all the stepping over of things. So while part of me wants to just ignore all the things that need to be cleaned or organized, a larger part of me wants to prove that person wrong. I know I can maintain a clean home, but it’s just a matter of getting it to a clean state and starting over again.

My biggest problem is that I look at everything that needs to be cleaned, get frustrated with the magnitude of it all, then continue ignoring the problem. I know cleaning my condo is going to be a lot of work, but it’s not something I have to do in one day. I’ve started slowly decluttering rooms one evening at a time. If I cut things down into manageable chunks, the task won’t seem as daunting and I’ll be more likely to clean all the things. Well, eventually. That’s another problem. I’m not good at seeing half-progress as a success. I tend to set unrealistic expectations for myself when I know I won’t be able to meet those goals. There is no way I can come home from work and do everything that needs to be done. But I could, for example, clean the bathroom one day after work. Or get my living room organized. Or do a load of laundry.

I’ve missed payments on several bills because I’m so unorganized right now. That’s unacceptable and embarrassing, not to mention that it’s probably hurting my credit score. It’s not as though I can call up these companies and say, “Oh, I’m sorry my payment was late, but my bill was buried under a pile of junk mail.” I’m not used to handling the finances. That was always something my ex-husband did. So now I’m forced into the wild and crazy world of bill-paying. I don’t need to worry about having enough money to cover my bills; I just need to remember to pay them on time before late fees cause me to not have enough money to pay my bills. Sigh.

So I’m doing a modified #10daypurge. Remember that? I used that time in January to get rid of a bunch of shit I didn’t need and got slightly more organized. I need to do  it again before junk mail overruns my house and @winelibrarian calls Hoarders on me. I don’t even want it! I just need to, you know, throw it in the trash when I bring it in instead of throwing it in a pile on the floor. What a novel concept.

In order to get my life organized, I feel like I need to do a few things first to get started.

  1. Clean off my desk. I have a perfectly good desk, but it’s been covered in things since I moved in March. I don’t even have a desk chair right now, so I need to purchase one of those once my desk is organized. To organize my desk, I plan on dropping some money on the Martha Stewart Staples line. I saw it at BlogHer12 and I think some pretty new office supplies will help me get and stay organized. I mean, why would I want to cover some that stuff with clutter? Once I refind my desk, I can pay all my bills there and I’ll have a place that isn’t my kitchen table to stack unpaid bills.
  2. Start a chore chart. I know that sounds childish, but I feel like I need to schedule different days of the week for cleaning tasks. Otherwise, I’m  just not going to clean anything because I’ll be overwhelmed by the magnitude of trying to do everything on one day. And once I get things organized, there won’t be a lot of clutter to take care of every day as long as I don’t just start throwing shit everywhere again. So I can dedicate certain days to certain tasks, like vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom.

I know those are only two things, but if I can get myself back on track with being more organized, I don’t think my house will ever look like it does right now. So step one is to clean all the rooms in my condo, one at a time. I don’t have to do everything at once. I’m off work tomorrow, so I think I can get a lot of my cleaning done then. Maybe even a load of laundry. Imagine that!

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5 Responses to “On Getting Organized”

  1. @LittleSirenCat says:

    Nothing quite like being busy and lazy for too long then realizing that you have to wade to get to your bed at night, huh.

    I find writing a big ol list then crossing things – even dumb things like “Write list!” off in big fat red marker helps me feel accomplished!

    • Bitchy Librarian says:

      Oh, I know exactly what you mean with the lists! But lists also make me really anxious because I feel like I have to cross things off as quickly as possible. It’s a curse.


    Plus, shopping!!

  3. DR Perrrro says:

    Winey is right – you can, and you will do it. Or at least what you need to do.

    We believe in you. Always have, always will.