Step two was yesterday. If I were an orderly person, I would not be here trying to figure out how to get organized, again, after nearly 30 years of marriage, seven kids and three grandbabies going on four, now would I?
Step two was all about putting together lists, really. Most of us who are messy are great with making plans, organizing on paper, reading all about organization, browsing websites, putting together forms and routines in a notebook (or at least printing them out) That’s fun.
What’s not fun is implementing those plans. So step one? Oh, step one is a doozey. It is about getting motivated to do what needs to be done. How do you do that? Well, if I really knew that, I’d not be here, you know? You have to want to do the work more than you do not want to do the work. The great chasm between those two points is what separates the cleanies from, well, me. I do not know how to bridge it.
What motivates you? A constant reminder that sloth is a sin? A promise of cookies and a movie once you get a certain amount done? Inviting company over? A deeply painful and humiliating experience that makes it just too painful to live this way any longer? Or just suddenly having had it up here, maybe you bought your fourth new laundry basket this month because you cannot find the previous three, and they turned up buried under the laundry? Maybe you’re tired of finding Christmas presents you stashed for your toddler especially when that toddler just made you a grandmother? Or are you motivated by cleaning in a herd, er, I mean a group, where a bunch of people are all cleaning the same room on the same day and then sharing about it?
I know that this works for a lot of people- probably it works for more people than it does not work for. But me? I don’t even see the point of going to see a movie with other people- I see it just as well by myself and probably with fewer distractions.* I’m sure not going to be motivated by the fact that everybody else is cleaning exactly the same room I am at exactly the same time. Unless there’s a prize involved. And even then it depends on the prize.
Or maybe you need to look at your family baggage and realize you do not want to end up leaving your loved ones something like this.
So find your motivation. Find what it takes to give you the umph to do something. It’s going to be personal. If you’re reading this post for help and encouragement rather than for laughts, well, then, probably it’s going to be hard. It’s got to be something that will get you going today, and then tomorrow, you have to find it again.
For me, right now at this time, there are two things motivating me.
1. is that I am here posting about how I am getting organized, so I’d better follow up or I will be a liar and I am not a liar.
2. Is that I want to get a head start on home-made gifts this year, so I really need to assess my craft supplies and clean them up.
What motivates you?
*For the record- I go to movies with other people because I know they like it and if I don’t, it makes them think I am as antisocial as I am, and that makes social butterfly people, of whom I am married to one and have parented others, nervous.