If you hate getting organized, stop trying to be Martha Stewart and instead try one of these quick tips to jumpstart change: accept some chaos, bite off chewable chunks and forget the lists.
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1. Accept some chaos. Understand that no matter how many great tips or fabulous formulas you use, if you have a family, there will be a mess. It doesn’t mean you have to accept it everywhere, but simply try not to stress when the garage is untidy again (think post-Scout camp). Or when your children don’t remember their dishwasher day again (every Monday and Tuesday). Or that the boys’ bathroom continually smells like, well, a boys’ bathroom (again and again and again…).
2. Bite off chewable chunks. You don’t need endless hours to complete a task, but you do have to be content with a little here, a little there. At one time my goal was to de-clutter the kitchen cabinets. I completed one whopping drawer — a day.
Can someone say "excruciating"?
But that’s all I could do with my baby and the rest of the family’s schedule. However, it paid off. Shortly after that, at the last minute, the kids wanted to make s’mores, and in a moment I was able to quickly say, “The crackers are up above the fridge, the candy bars and marshmallows are in the kids’ cabinet, and the metal skewers are in the bottom specialty drawer.”
Can someone say "organized mother moment" (that no one appreciated but me)?
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