When I was a young girl, I was so disorganized that my mom, the most organized person in the world, would shut my door because she claimed she was afraid of what the neighbors might think. I believe, though, that she actually experienced a physical reaction much like a panic attack when she looked in and saw the amount of junk I had accumulated on, in, around, and under my bed.
Over the years I have begun to understand just how she felt. Organization is one of those adult-like traits that comes with growing up and taking on more responsibility. Organizing takes time, but disorganization takes even more time; so we learn over the years how to organize so that we can manage all of the tasks we have to manage throughout the course of a day.
I´m not completely organized, but I try each day to be a little more organized than the last. I find that as my daughter gets a little older and a lot more active that I have even smaller amounts of time in which to get things done, and it is really difficult to get anything done when I can´t find the materials I need.
I´ve found some great websites and articles as I´ve attempted to organize my life. I thought I would share these today, so that as you find time in your hectic schedule to sit down and read a bit, you might check out the following pages and see if you can use any of the advice given.
http://parenting.ivillage.com/mom/organization/topics/0,,4rl1,00.html Numerous articles about organization and time-saving tips.
www.getorganizednow.com offers various articles filled with excellent organizational tips, and each month has a checklist of things that you can do, day by day, to get organized. For instance, February 1st was the day to gather all umbrellas in the house and place them in one area so you know where they are when they are needed. February 8th was dedicated to dusting the space between your kitchen cabinets and ceilings while February 26th is dedicated to updating the address book in your cell phone.
http://www.creativehomemaking.com/organize_1.shtml This site also offers numerous organizational ideas and articles. Includes great tips like using a wet wipe box with holes cut in the bottom as a drip tray for bath toys and using a small caddy for each family member to hold bath items such as toothpaste, hairbrush, and cosmetics (http://www.creativehomemaking.com/articles/091202c.shtml).
http://www.lifeorganizers.com/home . Loads of organizational ideas, including those for laundry, toys, kitchen items, and even socks!
A few other tips that I´ve learned along the way:
Use small boxes for toys that have a lot of pieces, such as puzzles
Use an over the door organizer for Barbie and her accessories
Store items such as toothpicks, straws, and nuts and bolts in small plastic containers
Color code your children´s items, such as toothbrushes and combs
Pair your children´s clothes together as they will be worn (pants and shirts that match) so when it comes time to choosing an outfit it can be done quickly