Yesterday I spent a part of my day doing laundry. Don’t like to be doing work (unless totally necessary) on a Sunday. Saturday is my laundry and clean house day. But I was gone most of Saturday having a little fun with some neighbors and then tending to my mom’s needs. So Sunday was my laundry day.
After I had done my first load, had folded it and was walking upstairs to put it away, I was thinking I’d rather be relaxing right now. “Maybe I’ll just put the clothes on the bed and deal with them later.” That’s when the writing for this blog was born.
So let’s paint a picture of this scenario. I’m doing my laundry on a day I try to reserve for relaxing. We all need a “down” day where we do nothing but relax. (If you don’t’ have those days and feel you are on overload, perhaps you could use some Health and Wellness Coaching. Check out my other service at Help! I’m On Overload.) But let’s not get side tracked. So think about this scenario. I start my laundry and have my first load dried. I do fold it and continue to bring it upstairs but thought about how I just wanted to be relaxing and I didn’t feel like putting it away so I lay it on my bed. I continue to proceed with that task until I have all 4 loads done. My loads are: darks, whites, colors and towels. So now I have 4 loads of laundry folded on my bed.
At the end of the day, I go upstairs to bed but I’m so tired that I just want to get under the covers. I barely even brush my teeth … but I do. Then walk over to the bed and see the piles of clothes on the bed. I’m now too tired to put them away so I pile them on my dresser and go to bed. Didn’t have a great night sleep so I try to get a few extra minutes in. Now I’m a little rushed getting ready for work. Ugh the clothes are in the way for me to get to my jewelry box so I take the clothes and put them on the floor. I will deal with them when I get home from work.
Come home from work a little late because traffic with horrific. Boy am I tired and hungry. Go upstairs to change. It’s late and I want to get dinner started. So I take off my work clothes and put them on the bed. I’ll deal with them later. I go in the kitchen and make dinner. By the time dinner is done and the dishes are put away, I have to get on my computer to check my emails for the day. I’ll just spend a few minutes … or so I think. I get on my computer and check my emails to find that I have some issues to deal with. Takes a little longer than I thought. Then I hop over to Facebook and get sucked into the “Facebook hole” and spend way too much time there. But it was nice I reconnected with a few friends.
I’m now in a totally veg state and have no desire to do any more work. After all I put a hard day at work in today, came home and made dinner and even cleaned up those dishes. I just feel like reading so I’ll deal with those clothes tomorrow. Time to go to bed and I take my work clothes and leave them on the floor next to the piles of clean clothes. Tomorrow comes and I’m dealing with almost the same scenario. I keep putting it off until “tomorrow” or I say “I’ll deal with it on Saturday.” By the time Saturday rolls around I have a bigger mess to deal with than if I just took that extra 60 seconds to put the pile away from each load.
Now that frankly was an easier room to deal with because not too much happens in the way of clutter in a bedroom … other than clothes … inmost cases. But think about other areas of the house like the family room or the kitchen. When we put off completing the task to it’s fullest, we are just creating more work for ourselves down the road. When we finally get around to wanting to clean the house or straighten out a room, there could be a massive mess that feels and looks overwhelming. We then throw up our hands and find something fun to do instead of dealing with the mess we could have avoided. The only problem is the mess doesn’t go away. It only gets bigger.
So my “simplest organizing tip” is complete to the end your intention for each and every project. If your intention is to do the laundry, then by all means wash, dry, fold and put away. If your intention is to grocery shop, then shop, bag, un-bag and put all away. Don’t leave anything for later. Your later could be more overwhelming than you realize.
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