with Busy Mom
When you have kids, the battle between order and chaos at home can take place on many fronts. Ordering Disorder is about ways to fight domestic entropy with organizing tips, tricks, meal ideas and more.
To learn more about Elizabeth, visit Busy Mom Blog or check out her Work It, Mom! profile.
I didn’t really intend to keep talking about the kitchen until I was trying to cook dinner, and opened the spice cabinet to this:
While I’m fortunate to have a space dedicated to these types of things, this is one area that my family cannot seem to understand is arranged with a purpose. If you take something out of there, why not put it back where you got it?
Contrary to popular belief, the items in there aren’t randomly placed.
The bottom shelf is supposed to be cooking items such as spices (on the turntable thingy), cooking sprays, cooking wine, envelope mixes, etc.
The middle shelf is supposed to be baking items, syrups, cocoa, cookie decorating, food coloring and such, and the top shelf is larger items I keep on hand for emergency bake sale situations and the occasional pumpkin pie (a family favorite).
I was tired of looking at it and trying to work around it, so I got up there and started putting it in order. I began by taking everything off the top shelf, and found (wait for it…) more coffee mugs.
I threw out expired things, and unidentified objects in plastic bags. I got rid of stuff that was possibly older than my oldest kid, and put like things together.
This was monumental for me since usually, when I’m confronted with the need to clean out or rearrange an area, my perfectionism paralysis takes over and I don’t do anything because I feel like it’s not worth it if I don’t have time to do it exactly right and in detail.
This time, I fought the urge to put it on the calendar and I just took a few minutes and did it. It turned out pretty well (or, better, at least):
I need to get better at “just doing it” (as opposed to scheduling and planning a “good” time) when a mess needs to be tackled, but I’m working on it.
Are you like me, do you have trouble starting projects unless all conditions are “perfect”? What area in your house would you get under control if you had a few minutes?
Subscribe to blog via RSS