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Can Getting Organized Be Easy?

A real, unstaged, untouched picture of my actual messy kitchen counter (including the hangers that are going to make my kids' closets more organized. ahem.)

There are naturally organized people and then there are the people who fight to get organized their entire lives. Guess which camp I’m in?

I have to fight every part of my inclination to even temporarily organize myself and my house. Most of the time I’m teetering on the edge of a thousand balanced things, not sure which thing I’ll let fall. Having a baby in the past year didn’t help; nothing eats your brain like a new baby. Happily, children have also made me somewhat more organized, if only because things really fall apart if you aren’t at least moderately organized: clean clothes for the kids every day, meal times, shoes that fit, soccer games,and  the daily bus.

I wish I had more time to have every little DVD in place, and never to be buried under one thousand loads of laundry again. I’ve tried to glean the secrets of the perfectly organized and naturally tidy. It seems that they do a little something everyday. They never leave a room without fixing it. They “touch it once.” They are constantly vigilant and never forget. I am not that person. Getting organized is always my vow but always fails in the face of execution.

I forget in the middle of doing something and do something else. I’ll be furiously cleaning the kitchen, change rooms to put something away, and get distracted into cleaning that room, only to fall victim to a third room, leaving no rooms totally tidy. LOOK SOMETHING SHINY OVER THERE. And believe me, I have tried, but if it’s not staring at me in the face, I will not remember it. Not for months. No joke.

I guess I could write a checklist, but that would mean I’d have to write a checklist, and then if the letters weren’t perfect, I’d want to rewrite it, and do I like the paper? I should go get some cool paper. That store down the street would be perfect, what else do they have, do you think? Some stamps that look like monograms? I should get memory books together for the kids. Blue for one, green for the other, something modern or fun retro for all of them. What was my second child’s first word again?


It’s a constant fight against my very own nature to organize anything.

On the other hand, I’m awfully fun to be around, even if there are 17 places for electronics-related cords in my house.


I’d love to make this a more organized year, will you share your amazing organization ideas?



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  1. Ali 01/24/2012 at 7:27 pm

    I had to do a double take. For a second I thought I was the one that wrote this and that kitchen counter was my own. I think our brains were once one. I don’t have the excuse of having a baby over the last year either. I need help.

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  4. Kacy Faulconer 01/09/2012 at 3:28 pm

    First, get some bins. Second, buy some totes, third…I’m tired of this comment now.

    • Carina Wytiaz 01/09/2012 at 3:41 pm

      I’m always convinced that new bins and totes will CHANGE EVERYTHING.

  5. Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz 01/09/2012 at 2:36 pm

    I’m pretty much like you. I love organization, I like a neat home, but it’s never MY home that’s neat! I start one thing, get side tracked, and again, and again and not one thing is ever perfectly clean.

  6. Amy Allen Johnson 01/09/2012 at 1:28 pm

    I had a clean kitchen counter for about 30 minutes on Saturday. It felt good, but took about 5 hours to do as I fall into that circular trap too
    (toys off counter..
    into kids room..
    laundry from kids room..
    into laundry room..
    fold rest of 1/2-folded load..
    trip on my holiday berry wreath on the floor..
    go down to get floral wire..
    start organizing office..
    play a game of cray 8s)
    5 hrs later the counter was clean

  7. Erica 01/09/2012 at 7:36 am

    I am so with you. I like organization but hate DOING it. Peter Walsh is talking about organization on TV as I type this. He sells products at

  8. Shannon Breuner Nelson 01/09/2012 at 2:00 am

    LOL – this makes me feel better about my own lack of organization…I feel like I am constantly trying to scale the organizational mountain yet never quite hitting the peak. I am going to get that days of the week clothes organizer thing for her room. Somehow the idea of that makes me feel better… 🙂

    • Carina Wytiaz 01/09/2012 at 2:06 am

      Day of the week clothes organizer! Brilliant!

      My problem is that I’m always thinking that the next product, the next organizing system is really going to work for me this time. It works for a short time until I don’t keep it up any more. I can clear off my desk and hyper organize my craft space, but it will descend back into madness before I ever realize it.

      • Shannon Nelson 01/09/2012 at 6:01 pm

        The big problem with the days of the week organizer is actually having clean clothes to fill it with for a week…I fear only one day would be filled at a time! Or there would be a shirt and underwear. That’ll get you through the day.