First of all, I'd like to thank Kelli of 3 boys and a dog who extended an invitation to be a guest blogger on her website today.
For those of you who are just starting to follow my blog I should let you know that I am an avid, sterotypical, type A, anal organizer. As a kid when other children were outdoors playing I was inside organizing shoes and sorting papers. Ok, so I wasn't your average child. Some may say "weird", I'd like to think of it as "special" or something more along those lines.
I am mostly a SAHM, but also work outside the home 2-3 days a week part time for a marketing company. I've been married 17 1/2 years and have 2 children, ages 8 and 10, and although I'd like to say every square inch of my home is martha stewart picture perfect, I've had to relax some just for sanity's sake (because unlike martha, I don't have a full time staff). I still have an incredible passion for order and most everything has its place. Anyone who knows me would say I have an organized home. I just have incredibly high, unrealistic standards that have also had to come down a notch or two with kids. Purge sessions for clothing, toys, and school papers are as regular as the changing of the seasons. The kids are always part of that process. My hope is that, by working with me now, they will acquire all the tools necessary to not become hoarders and to appreciate an organized, tidy space- hopefully of their own someday.
Spring is not just a time of new buds and young hatchlings, it is a time of fresh starts, clean slates, and yes, deep cleaning.
Take a minute and evaluate your surroundings. Is it a place of order or chaos? How does it make you feel? Some people do not require order to function at an optimal level, others do. If you are one of them, don't be overwhelmed with the notion of o-r-g-a-n-i-z-a-t-i-o-n. Embrace it... one step at a time. Start small. Dump out a drawer or a container. If you haven't used it in the last few months you probably don't need it and definitely won't miss it. It's amazing how cleansing and therapeutic a good purge can be, at least for me.
Good luck on all your spring cleaning ventures! Let me know how it goes. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.