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What is a mom on a mission? Well if you have to ask yourself this question, then you clearly have never seen one. A mom on a mission is a mother who has a goal or task that she plans to accomplish, no matter what the cost. She will stop at nothing until her problem is solved, and she is happy with the result! When tackling any organizing project, a mom on a mission attitude is exactly what you need to get the task done, and to get it done right!
Organizing tips are a dime a dozen. We have all read and pinned tons and tons of home organization and decluttering tips. The information is out there and we all have access to it, but the problem with home organization isn’t usually the how, it’s the why?
Why should I go through all those old clothes? Why should I spend my day off clearing out the pantry?
These spaces in our home are generally working for us, so why waste time changing and organizing everything. I get it, I’m a busy mom too. I definitely didn’t enjoy spending my entire Saturday clearing out and rearranging the garage. But after I was finished, it felt great!
It feels good to accomplish a task. Any task, no matter how long it has been on your to do list!
For instance, I have lived in my house for a whole year, and I am just getting around to organizing my garage. The space just didn’t bother me enough. Then one day, I woke up and couldn’t stand looking at the messy clutter anymore. The seed was planted in my brain, and I wasn’t going to rest until I had finished the garage. I was a mom on a mission!
The How To organize a space or the physical act of decluttering is the easy part. Making ourselves get up and actually accomplish the task is the hard part. It’s difficult I know. Life is busy and most of us don’t want to waste our weekend organizing.
I guess whenever I am stricken with the urge to organize, I have finally reached my why! My why I am organizing!
Why is different for every busy mom. Maybe you finally decided to tackle all of your son’s old toys, because he had so many in his closet the door wouldn’t shut. Or maybe you decided to clean out the pantry, because you bought a bottle of ketchup only to realize you already had 3 on the shelf!
Having a reason is the only way you will ever truly get your home organized. You need a reason to want to clear out the clutter. You need a reason to want to get your space in order. Once you have it, then you can become that mom on a mission!
Sorry I can’t give you a reason or tell you why you should organize a space. I don’t always know the answer for myself, but once the light switch is flipped, you can begin tackling all the projects on your list.
When the time comes, I do have a few tips for you. I know, I know tips are a dime a dozen, but maybe you haven’t heard them all just yet:)
Make Sure You Have Plenty of Time!
Start by choosing a day where you can spend the entire day on your organizing project, if you have to. Of course, it won’t take you as long to clean out the junk drawer as it will the hall closet, but make sure you allot more than enough time to complete your task. If you don’t finish in one day, then it may be weeks until you feel the urge to organize again. Then your space will remain unfinished, and all that time and energy you dedicated to decluttering will be wasted. You may as well not even start, if you don’t think you can finish it all in one time slot. A little bit here and a little bit there is not how a mom on a mission accomplishes projects.
Take Everything Out of the Space Before Making Any Decisions!
For example, lets say you are organizing your master closet. It is important to see all of the clothes you have before deciding weather to keep or toss an item. Looking at all of your sweaters in a pile on the master bed can be daunting, but ultimately it’s the only way to really tell how much stuff you have. This way you can see that you own 5 black, 4 Navy, and 6 Grey Sweaters. Now you can begin organize. You will be able to recognize the pieces you need to keep and the ones you don’t. It would be ashame to spend time purging black sweaters only to find 2 more hidden in your closet. Now you will have to start all over in your task of deciding which ones to keep.
Does it Serve A Purpose Right Now!
Marie Kondo says in her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up that while organizing you should decide whether or not to keep items based on if it “sparks joy.” I find this concept a little bit confusing and time consuming. Items can “spark joy” in many ways. I find joy in many of the books I read, but they are also taking up space in my night stand. Does that mean I should keep them all?
I like to declutter a space with the concept of whether or not an item is serving a purpose right now in my life. My favorite white dress gets worn all the time. It serves a purpose. I actually wear it. My old bootcut jeans from my pre-mom days, well they don’t serve a purpose. They are just in my closet with hopes that one day they’ll fit again. The jeans need to go:(
I do want to clarify that when I say does the item serve a purpose right now, I don’t mean literally that minute. If you have a tent in the garage because once a year you take your family on a camping trip, then by all means you need to keep it. But if you have a baby bouncer in the garage because maybe you might have another kid one day, then it’s time for the bouncer to head to the consignment shop. The point of organizing and decluttering is to get rid of stuff, remember that why I was talking about earlier. If you can’t get rid of stuff then you have not found your reason yet and organizing is pointless.
And yes, during your purging process you may get rid of something that you end up need again later. If that happens, then you will just need to buy the item again. But make sure you really need it and that it is serving a purpose in your space.
Don’t Buy Any Containers or Organizers for Your Space Until After you Have Purged!
Stop me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure we have all made this mistake before. There have been plenty of times that I have been walking through the aisles of Target and seen a super cute basket or amazing desk top organizer, and thought “I need to get that for when I organize my pantry or office.” I’m pretty sure this is how I ended up with a hall closet full of baskets and organizers. Yikes!
Try not to make this mistake. I actually find that when I organize a space, I usually have a container somewhere in my house that I can use instead of having to buy one. Of course, there have been times when I needed to purchase a book shelf or piece of furniture in order to organize a space, but in general I usually have something in my home already that I can use.
Plus remember an organized space doesn’t have to look like a magazine, no matter how much we all want it to. An organized space just need to be functional for your family, that’s why you started this whole project.
You were a Mom on a Mission!