Do your days fly by in one hectic blur like mine? There are days that seem impossibly full, but I love every minute of my life. If your life was not full of family and friends, work and relationships, shopping and chores, there would be no joy. Like the concentrated look on your child's face when she's the only thing between the soccer ball and the goal; your eight-year-old son squatting stealthily at the edge of a pond sneaking up on a frog; or the magical moment of watching your grandson break through for enough yards to gain another first down. Moments of pure joy. But to fully appreciate that joy there needs to be a little balance. Some time just for you in that hectic schedule. Time for the gym or a book or a walk on the beach, time for shopping or a movie. Lunch with your best friend.
The toughest part of having a hectic day, at least for me, is keeping the space around me organized. It gets away from you one moment at a time, one bit of clutter at a time, until it nags at you to do something about it. But it can be so hard to find the time amid all the responsibilities thrust at you in a day. Some things need to wait, and clutter has that ability like nothing else. Clutter will wait forever for you do address it. Until it gets to the point where you don't know where to begin. It invades that time you need for yourself with nagging guilt. Clutter can be overwhelming---it's the greatest enemy of peace of mind or free time ever devised.
While there are all sorts of tips on organizing your life and de-cluttering, tips aimed at developing skills and habits that are supposed to stave off the degrading spiral into organizational chaos, it all seems irrelevant if you have no place to put the damn stuff. And creating that organized space requires patience and planning.
At our house it's been an ongoing project for seven years. In our long term remodeling plans Denise and I tackle one room at a time. And as we plan how we want to redo that room, an evaluation of storage is always a high priority. One important fact we've discovered in this process is that wall space is often more important than floor space in creating an organized room. So that even if you make a room smaller by framing in a closet or laundry room, the end result is less clutter and more open space in the new room!
Here are some examples of how we've attacked the clutter as we redo rooms in our small fixer-upper:
Look for solutions room by room by defining your greatest storage challenge for that room. Establish priorities and the scope of the job will not overwhelm you.