I’ll admit it: I love to organize, but I am not an organized person.
Since I developed the dexterity to grip things, I have had a color-coded closet and bookshelf. I love decluttering, and would spend hours as a child with a black trash bag in my room, tossing old papers and toys. One of my roommates once told a mutual friend that I sometimes stressed her out because I would get up in the middle of conversations and start reorganizing our cabinets. I love, I repeat LOVE the process of organizing. I find it consuming and satisfying and joyful.
But. For all my lists and systems and hours logged in organizing bliss, I lack the consistency that characterizes a truly organized person. I organize because it’s fun and it makes me feel better, but my life is so far from streamlined it’s comical. I am constantly late, do most everything half cocked and start projects at 10 pm when my husband is giving me ‘please go get ready for bed for the love of everything good in this world’ eyes. I get stressed out about really silly things and generally feel unprepared for the day.
I was inspired by Blair over at Blair Blogs and Emily Ley to make a monthly cleaning/organizing schedule, with a breakdown for weekly tasks, Sunday tasks, and monthly goals.
I’ve posted the schedule on my bathroom cabinet door so that I see it constantly and will be reminded of what I need to get done!
I will check off the circle bullets and brackets as each task is completed, and then print out a new checklist each month, making tweaks as I go to see what tasks need to be done more often/less often, or adding new ones. A lot of this stuff I am already doing (though I haven’t vacuumed once since we moved in two months ago, which I realize is disgusting), but being able to see it in list form helps me to at least remember it’s being done.
Replacing the loofahs in our bathroom is by far the silliest monthly task- I recently learned that Will and I had been sharing a loofah since we got married A YEAR AGO when he casually mentioned this to me after I shared how horrified I was to learn that another couple we knew admitted to sharing the same toothbrush, How I Met Your Mother style. I retold this story at a party, and people were perhaps more horrified that I kept the same loofah all year. Whoops! Serves me right I guess.
This breakdown also allows me a lot of freedom to choose when I want to do each task- I can knock out all my weekly chores at once, or stagger them throughout the week depending on my schedule. This works well with my ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ personality, but still allows me to hold myself accountable to the schedule I have set for myself.
Plus, it’s pretty… which makes me so much more likely to keep up with it.