Monday, April 25, 2011

A Reflection (HP)

So I've been working on my happiness project for about a month now and I have to say that I really enjoyed it.  This month's focus was organization and getting my shit together and boy is my house organized.  It's amazing that a clean, a deep down clean house, will make you so happy.  I'm almost completely done with my Spring Cleaning list and the only room I have left to do is the laundry room, but I can definitely bang that out before April is over.

My living room still looks cluttered because of all the toys, but that's what a house is supposed to look like when you're raising a family.  As long as I stick with my evening tidy up every night it's really not so bad.  It's unrealistic for me to think that my house will stay in this perpetual state of clean, but I'm really going to try to keep up with it.

I worked on my closet this week and it was so cathartic.  Anything that didn't fit got tossed into the good will pile.  Anything with a tear or a stain got tossed.  Anything that I haven't worn in a year got tossed.  Having all those clothes that fit me once upon a time when I was two sizes smaller was just a painful reminder to me every time I tried to find something to wear.  Time to face facts and start embracing the body I have while I work towards the body I want.  I got rid of all the wire hangers and any empty hangers went to a basket with a lid on the floor.  I don't really need 5 different black scarves so I got rid of a bunch of them.  Then I organized what was left....sweat jackets together, dresses together, pants together, and shirts together.  It's so easy to find things now because they're all categorized together.  I'm even thinking of going super anal and getting color coded hangers, but we'll see.  Any gross granny panties got the boot as well.  I only want to surround myself with things that make me happy as I said last week in my Secrets of Adulthood and Personal Commandments post.

So do I feel happier?  Yes absolutely.  I check off the boxes on my resolution chart and I can see that I'm doing the work.  Even today as I sit in my post-Easter celebration home that needs to be wiped down and picked up, but I'm happy where as I would usually just be stressed out.  It might be because the house is organized and neat or it might just be because I'm putting my own happiness at the forefront of my life.  I'm getting excited about thinking about next month....Physical.

Some Tips
1.  It's amazing what a little hot water and a sponge will do to help you clean.  No chemicals.  It's free and it really gets off that stuck molasses.

2.  Zip lock bags are awesomesauce.  All those extra usb cables and manuals now all go together in a gallon size ziplock bag and are labeled this way everything is together if I ever need it and I can neatly stack them in a cabinet.  So the cord, manual, and warranty information for the video camera are together etc.

3.  Baskets do a lot to help organize and keep things looking nice.  I put a small basket at the foot of the stairs as a catch all for keys or bobby pins or ipods, basically anything that winds up scattered around the house, now you can just throw it in the basket and be done with it.

4.  Function beats form.  It may look nicer to keep an item somewhere, but put it where it's easier to use.

5.  The One Minute Rule, where I don't put off any task that takes less than a minute, is the bomb.  It's amazing how little things can build up, like hanging up your coat, putting your shoes away, putting the dish in the dishwasher, or vacuuming up a spill.  Now instead of a one minute little task there's 15 minutes of work.
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Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

I love your one-minute rule. I know I commented on it before, but seriously. It works!!

Sandra said...

My comment won't be terribly original as I read what Mrs. MidAtlantic wrote, but I'm with her: I love that one-minute rule! It's officially my new life motto!

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