I consider myself a pretty organized person. I'm not a fan of chaos and disorder. I'm big on making lists, having a work schedule, and itineraries on trips. However, I am not very good at keeping tidy. Clutter finds it's way into my kitchen drawers, my bedroom closet, my desk. I also happen to have a messy husband. Ha, who doesn't, right? Between the two of us, we could be buried in our piles of papers and cables. It's not that I'm a hoarder, I have no problem getting rid of things. The hubs, well, let's just say this blog post is about me personally. So, while I don't have a problem keeping things for the sake of keeping them, I do have a problem with motivation. I'm just not motivated to do the work. Call me lazy, I'm ok with that, but I prefer to think I'm just overwhelmed.
Working from home doesn't help me in this regard, either. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful I can work from home when I'm not shooting (I'm a wedding photographer) but being home does have it's disadvantages. For one, I'm just used to the mess/clutter. It doesn't really bother me too much and when it does, guilt sets in. I'm guilty when I take time away from my work schedule to work on home projects, but then I lose all desire to do them when my "work day" ends. At that point, it's homework, dinner, nighttime routines, etc. And a lot of my weekends are spent working so the ones I am not working, I want to have fun with my family or go on a date with my hubby. I don't want to spend my free time organizing the garage. Ugh...just not fun! Who's with me?
However, I lay awake at night thinking of all the projects I need to get done. I wake up and look at the mess and freeze. I don't know where to start. Or, I'll start one thing, find something else I need to do or would rather be doing and leave that other thing halfway done. I've been talking about making my office a welcoming space to get my work done in, but the truth is, it still looks like a storage room with a computer in the corner. Not only is it overwhelming to me, I have zero desire to actually do it. I'm just not one of those people that take pleasure in cleaning and organizing (You know who you are!) I mean, I know that it's got to happen and I know that I want it to happen. I know my anxiety will thank me for it. I know I will feel at peace and happy in a tidy and organized home, but my heart is just not into making it happen. I would love for someone to come to my house and just do it all for me. But, unlike having someone come clean my house, the tidying, organizing, and purging, must be done by me. It's my mess, it's my home, and only I can really know what goes, what stays, and how to organize it to fit my needs best. But, oh where to start....
Well, my sister has been reading this book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It's a bestselling book by Marie Kondo, a cleaning consultant from Japan. Oh I could totally use her in my life! Honestly, though, when my sister was telling me about the book, I couldn't help but tease her a bit about it. I just couldn't see how this book would be able to help out as much as it claimed to. But, desperate times call for desperate measures. After seeing her results and hearing her talk so passionately about the book, I started to get interested. This weekend she told me it even got her husband to clean out his clutter in their closet and garage...well, that right there convinced me this was a powerful book! That man is a bit of a hoarder (Sorry, bro, still love ya!)
I've ordered a copy of it from amazon today and will be anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I'm ready to "enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire" I'll be sure to follow up here with how things are going once I get started with the book.
Have any of you read this book yet? Do you have a problem with clutter and organizing in your home? Please tell me I'm not alone!!! I need all the support I can get on this one! xo