Did you know that my birthday is almost the same day as Martha Stewart’s? Hmmm….maybe that is why I label everything in my freezer, and have a cracked flowerpot in my fridge to hold the garlic.
To me, being organized sounds like a lot of work, and it gives off an expectation of being perfect, so, I prefer to call it something else. Not sure what, but I will let you know when I think of it. Anyway, the more I can do ahead of time, the better I feel, and the more time I have to spend doing the most important (and fun) things that I actually want to do.
If you come to my house unexpectedly, it is never super clean, but it is tidy. Perhaps that is a bit backwards, but it just has to please me and my daughter, not the dust and vacuum inspector. And, I always have fresh flowers, and a geranium or herb growing in the front window, which hopefully will distract you from the dog hair twirling in the corners, and the sofa that the cat has scratched.
But, late at night, or early in the morning, I will multitask like a crazy woman; doing things in my pajamas that will ease the monotony of every day chores. Maybe this is where the Martha in me comes out; I will label things, sort them into categories, and find all sorts of containers for all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Not because I want to impress someone who opens my cupboard, but because I want to be able to bake a cake at 6am, or write a letter without searching through a pile of debris on my kitchen table.
Everyone seems very busy right now, and work is overwhelming for so many, that I think we shouldn’t be afraid to use the shortcuts that make life easier. Here are just a few of mine….
– Run as many hot-water things together as you can. I will often take a shower while I run the washing machine and the dishwasher. (This saves so much time and money). – If you see something that needs doing, and you have a few moments, do it without perfection. (A five minute vacuum is better than waiting for the stars to align, and the “right” time to present itself). – Transfer pantry food (rice, pasta, flour etc) to see-through container’s when you can. (It makes it easy to see how much you have left, and the contents will keep much longer). – Clean as you go. (Whether it’s Thanksgiving Dinner dishes, or a pile of Take Out containers, they don’t get better with age; no matter how tired you are, get it done, and you’ll be so grateful in the morning). – Ask your children to help you with something, and set the timer for a ridiculously short amount of time (eg. ten minutes). Do this often, and they might still complain, but they will get used to helping out. – Take food for the entire week out of the freezer on Sunday – it will take a day or so to defrost, and will be fine in the fridge for several days.
Well, I still can’t think of a better word for organized, but I do know that whatever it is, it is worth doing…
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