A reader emailed and told me that she has tried and tried to follow the organizational tips I offer here on Raising Arrows, but she feels she is failing miserably at keeping an organized large family home.
Folks, its time you took me off the pedestal.
The things I have managed to get organized in my home are not because I’m some super-organized person. Â I have always been good at seeing the problem and then searching out ways to fix the problem. Â Most of the answers to problems I offer on this blog were thought up by someone else. Â I’m good at repackaging and making something fit my family.
DrinkBands – I didn’t think these things up! Â I had a serious cup issue. Â I had tried everything. Â Nothing worked until DrinkBands…a product thought up by someone else.
Do I still have cup issues?
HOWEVER, they are not nearly like they were. Â But, let’s face it, even with products that help, there is the human factor, and I happen live with a lot of little humans.
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So, let’s talk organization in a very real, very candid way.
Organizing for most people is hard work. Â It’s not an overnight thing, and it is never a completed task. Â There will always be something else you will need to organize.
Some people can organize in their sleep. Â These are the people who see the problem and immediately think up a solution. Â We’ve already established the fact that I am not one of those people.
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are not either.
For every organizational challenge I have conquered in my home, there are a handful of others needing my attention. Â But I refuse to give up! Â Refusing to give up is how you build an organized home.
Large family moms tend to find they must become organized just to manage the chaos. Â If I ever want to get anything accomplished, I have to have a chart for everything. Â I didn’t start out this way, but again, I refuse to give up.
So, I know you feel like you are failing miserably. Â I have those days too. Â But, rather than letting the chaos overwhelm you, get on your knees and start looking for answers. Â You have no idea how many times I stand in the middle of my bedroom with an organizational issue looming over me, and cry out to the Lord to point me in the right direction.
So, when you see some organization tip on this blog that inspires you, never for one moment think I’ve arrived and my home is organized from tippy top to tippy bottom. Â I have a linen closet that looks like a bomb went off. Â I have a homeschool closet that ought to be torched. Â I have yet to come to terms with how many sets of clothes, towels, toys, and coats every person in this family ought to own, and I’ll probably move again before I manage to go through all the boxes I just dumped in my garage when we moved here.
You have to stop seeing organizing as a destination. Â It’s more about meeting a need and moving on. Â Â
I don’t write an organizing blog. Â I write a life blog. Â It just happens that sometimes life needs to be organized.