Looking for Motivation to Organize

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?  

This is the current state of my desk.  I'm so embarrassed to share this, but maybe some public shaming is what I need get me to fix this!!! 

This is the current state of my desk.  I'm so embarrassed to share this, but maybe some public shaming is what I need get me to fix this!!! 

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

Back-to-School Realities and Getting Organized

Monday morning was super chaotic in my house.  It was the first day of school and we seriously need to work on our morning routine.  There were lost glasses, pouty faces, rushing to make lunches, rushing to make breakfast.  Then me begging my child to eat said breakfast.  There were brand new shorts that didn't fit.  And of course, we had to fit in the obligatory back-to-school picture before walking out the door.  That in it of itself was kind of a disaster too.  

This was the best I could get.  Not too bad, huh? You can clearly see who isn't excited to start school again...

This was the best I could get.  Not too bad, huh? You can clearly see who isn't excited to start school again...

By the time I dropped them off and watched them get on the bus, I was a little exhausted.  I walked into my quiet house and took a deep breath in and out.  I joked on Instagram that I would be having a mimosa on the first day of school, but sadly it didn't happen. My fantasy life looks way better than the real thing.  With no mimosa in hand, I walked around my house and took it all in.  The dirty dishes in the sink, the crumbs under the table, the dusty lamp shade (heck the dusty everything!), the piles of laundry that needed to be washed.  I walked into my office and realized I never got around to making it my oasis of creativity.  It still looks like a storage closet with a computer in the corner.  Soon panic ensued.  I had no idea where to begin.  I was overwhelmed by it all.  How did it get so bad? When did this happen?  How can I fix it? So, I did what anyone else would do, I procrastinated and got on facebook.  Bad idea.  I soon saw photos of adorable kids with adorable chalkboard signs of the grades they were going to start and what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I saw photos of pretty back-to-school healthy breakfasts.  Photos of kids in classrooms, which meant parents drove their kids to school and walked in with them.  How sweet! I barely walked mine to the bus stop.  Yup, facebook was a bad idea, so I quickly stopped procrastinating and decided to get some work done.  But soon my mind began to wander and again I got overwhelmed with the thoughts in my head of all the things I needed to do and all the things I wanted to do.  I have goals, people.  But, without a clear plan those goals won't be met.  

I'd been looking forward to uninterrupted work days for so long!  But, now that the time has come, I am completely unprepared.  So, I decided to start with a list.  Of course, I would start with a list or two or three.  First, I wrote down all the big things I want to accomplish by the end of the year.  Then I wrote down all the things I needed to do and finish this week for work.  I intend on creating a weekly list of goals and deadlines every Sunday night, so that I can be ready to tackle the week.  I am now currently in the process of working out a daily schedule/routine so that I am not just spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.  I don't have all the answers and I'm definitely not an organizational queen, but I will be working hard to find some balance and get things in order. I am looking forward to being productive and I'm determined to get things done (insert fist pump here!) 

Who's with me?  Anyone else have some big plans to get organized and productive now that the kids are in school?  I'd love to hear your ideas!  What's worked for you and what hasn't. I'll be sharing tips here too periodically.  I'll let ya know what's worked and what hasn't and hope it helps you too! XO

 

Mission: Home Office Organization

Late last month I blogged about my cluttered and unorganized home office.  Did you miss it? No worries, you can read it HERE then come back and see if I've made any progress...It was out of control, right? Well, although my office is not completely uncluttered and organized, I did make some progress.  I was able to get my desk uncluttered which is a huge step towards getting this room on the right track.  I also uncluttered this big table we have at the entrance of the office.  It's actually a drawing desk, but it's just being used as a big catch-all.  Jason and I agreed that it needs to go.  It has no purpose but to take up room and become a place to just drop our stuff on.  There are still some things on there now, but it's much better!  This weekend I hope to get the table out of here and into the garage (that's a whole other issue of clutter and we won't go there now).  I'm also brainstorming and checking  Pinterest and The Container Store for some ideas on organizing our camera equipment.  Some things we need quick & easy access to, while other things not so much.  I'm thinking some sort of cubby system may work best.  That's also on my to-do for the weekend.  Well, there ya have it, about a month later and I'm nearly half way there.  I won't show any pictures just yet, I want to do a big reveal when it's all complete! For now, here's a bit of my inspiration: