I made a plan for achieving order through the following:
Our first task was to organize ... a place for everything and everything in it's place was the goal. So I started tackling the rooms of our home, one by one by one.
I went in with a box and everything and anything that didn't belong in that very room went in the box. No sorting, no decisions,no thinking, just yes or no. Then I made sure the room was organized and the box went to our great room.
I did this through the entire house, devoting two days to each room. When I had a few minutes here or there, I would go and work on the room. It took about a month to get through the entire house, but I did it and the rooms were all in order, except for the great room now!
It was a huge pile of stuff that needed to be decided on. So I went to Lowe's, bought some big moving boxes and labeled them (an idea given to me by my SIL who saw it on Oprah): Ebay, Yard Sale, Thrift Store, Decide Later, and Garbage!!!
It took about a week, but I made it through the room and, in the end, we filled the back of the van with stuff for the thrift store, and better yet, we filled a trailer with GARBAGE that went to the dump! And I have a few boxes of things ready for a family yard sale we will be having as soon as the weather permits!
Can I tell you how good it feels???
I hate clutter, but it has been dominating me for a few years now. It's so nice to be getting back in charge. And everytime I felt there was something I maybe should hold onto, I thought back to Flylady's little phrase,
"Clutter Can't Be Organized!"
So, we have said goodbye (good riddance) to many, many things. And after all of that we still aren't perfect (or even close), but we are lighter and happier than we were a few months ago. And now we have the energy and attention to devote to a little home improvement project! It's such a relief!
So ... the next item on the agenda now is to make official "Responsibilities" for us all!
Wahoo ... bring on the job charts!
Which leads me to ask, what do you all do to share the responsibilities in your homes?
I got such great advice on the first task, I have to ask on the second also!