5 Days of Home Organization: An Introduction
About a year and a half ago I wrote a post for the TOS Blog Cruise for the theme "organizing your home school". I started that post with an explanation of why I need organization. I think it only fitting that on day 1 of a 5 Days of Home Organization that I again share why I need organization.
And I think I need to explain something very important. Being organized and having it all together are TWO DIFFERENT animals. I may have several areas in my home that have some semblance of organization but I do not have it all together. With my perfectionist streak I am my own worst enemy!
I get frazzled, flustered and frustrated when I cannot easily find what I am looking for. If I need a pillowcase, I want to be able to just open the linen closet and grab one. If I’m looking for the letter opener I want to be able to go to the bin and have it waiting there just for me. When I open the pantry to find the glass jar of chives, I want it to be with all the other spices. I don’t want to worry about having things fall on my head when I open the freezer or the pantry or the linen closet. I don’t want to have dig or hunt.
This week I’m going to focus on how I have organized my pantry, school/office supplies, meal organization/planning and the linen closet. But first let’s talk about what resources I have used over the years to inspire me. My style is eclectic and based on my own weirdness oh yes and on my needs and the needs of my family.
Have you heard of Flylady? She is (or was. I haven’t kept up with her) heavily influenced by the book: Sidetracked Home Executives (S.H.E.) by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. I joined Flylady’s email group long before she was “famous” and I did so because of S.H.E. Flylady has modernized S.H.E. but for many years I stuck to the “old” method of “index cards.” I think this book was written in the 70’s.. yup.. just checked the oldest copyright on my book at it is 1977. But the information is timeless.
The Organizational Map by Pam McClellan is a resource I turn to often. This is the the book that inspired me to start creating my own rotating menu plans. I think this is my favorite how to get organized book. Lots of similar thoughts to S.H.E. but more my style. (S.H.E. is excellent for setting up a system that you can use to maintain your organization.)
Emily Barnes is the guru of being organized. She’s written many books on the subject. I’ve read several but the one that I have kept is More Hours in My Day.
There’s a reason S.H.E is so applicable to me. It’s because I am a sidetracked home (school) executive! I’m writing this post and I find myself getting distracted by thumbing through the books and getting excited and I want to re-read the books but I’ll reign myself in. Join me this week as we work on some specific areas of home organization.
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