The other day I came across an article that spoke to me. The title was “Seven small daily things that steal your happiness.” Before I clicked over, I thought for sure it was going to tell me to stop comparing myself to others (online or in person)… but, instead, it spoke to another hidden stresser: disorganization. Specifically, it addressed how cluttered or disorganized spaces in my home were making me feel stressed, even if I didn’t realize it. Can you relate?
As moms, we are constantly meeting everyone else’s needs, and sometimes we forget ourselves in the process.
I was already feeling motivated to get organized after writing the post about January being National Get Organized Month, but then I read that eye-opening paragraph and I was sold. It was time to put my words (and hers) into action. So I’ve truly dug in to the quest to bring order to the chaotic corners of my home (okay…maybe a bit more than a few corners). Starting one small project at a time is really helpful. Once you feel a little victory and stress relief, it motivates the next more daunting task.
It’s also interesting to think about how clutter may be affecting your children. If their spaces are a mess, maybe it is stressing them out too. I used to get all caught-up in making sure they took responsibility for cleaning their spaces or organizing their closets or shelves once they were of a certain age. But, then I realized that they sometimes still needed help to not get overwhelmed. A little teamwork goes a long way in helping your kids sort and organize their spaces.
As with all the “To Do’s” in life, it always helps to add an element of fun. Anyone else just flash back to the Mary Poppins song?… Is it, “For every job that must be done, there is an element of fun…” ? So, how about making some fun containers for creating stylish storage + organization? I searched for some great DIY ideas and here are a few of my favorites (just click on the image to go to the original post for the how-to)…
Believe it or not, these are diaper boxes turned fabric-covered bins. This step-by-step tutorial is super helpful for creating some style-savvy storage.
I love this idea of putting pictures on the front of bins instead of words for the wee ones not quite of reading age.
These two options (above + below) are for those of you sewing-skilled readers. The possibilities for color and pattern are endless.
And this one is a fun way to add a bit of whimsy to a plain canvas tote with stencils and paint…
There are countless options for coordinating containers to a specific theme or interest of your child.
And if you want to skip the whole concept of doing a DIY and get straight to organizing, Etsy has some beautiful hand-crafted bins for purchase (there are even custom options)…
Wishing you a wonderful + productive January. Hoping these ideas and thoughts help motivate + inspire you. Happy Organizing!