This last weekend my oldest son and my husband went away for a Webelos Campout with our Cub Scout Pack. We had packed the night before and set everything next to the front door. We set an alarm and were up and out of the house in plenty of time. When we arrived at the meeting place, I noticed the other scouts were wearing their uniforms and carrying their handbooks. Ooops! Even though I knew it was a scout event, I didn’t even think about bringing those specific scouting-items.
So I ran back home and returned to the parking lot within ten minutes. One of the parents mentioned that he was impressed I could get home and search the whole house for the handbook and uniform and get back that quickly. It dawned on me that many people spend time searching for objects in their home and lose tons of time just trying to get what they need.
I knew exactly where they were. The front closet is where the uniform shirts are hung and the handbooks are in the Cub Scout bag in the kitchen. No thinking required. I could have told my husband or a perfect stranger where these items were and they would have been able to grab them easily.
Can you say the same? Do you know where your things are? Can you find your keys? Your kid’s homework? Tax documents? Staying organized is so much more than cute baskets and color coding your closet. It’s taking control of your surroundings so that you can be more productive. It’s setting up systems and following through with the maintenance of the systems so that you can allocate your energy to other areas of your life, not keeping track of your toddler’s shoes.
If you’d like less chaos and more calm, contact me and we can help with some organizational systems in your home!