Thirty Random Days to Organized Chaos

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Emelia Earhart

One area of my life I have yet to conquer is motivation and follow through.

I have lofty ideas, collect all the materials, stack them in a pile, and create more ideas. Then I become overwhelmed by my piles of stuff. I should also mention that I scatter my piles. I find photography equipment all over the place. Crafting stuff not in the designated crafting area. Important papers in extremely odd places. I could go on, but I’m sure I painted a well defined picture.

Through blogging, I found a way to work through depression. To be totally honest, when I started blogging, my focus was to remain positive—always. However, I almost felt as if I were pretending to be someone I wasn’t. When I found I couldn’t live up to my expectation to remain positive all the time, the false belief I had of being a failure held me captive in that dark pit.

Now that I have reached a more level mind state, I have set a couple of goals—actually more than a couple, but I know I need to go slow. My therapist suggested that I may reach the goals I have set, by being held accountable.

After reading a blog by a Ms. Perfect-House Pants—I felt ashamed by my lack of progress toward reaching my goal of organization. She revealed how it took her an hour to organize her linen closet, and was shocked over the amount of time she spent performing this chore! Her post was so positive and upbeat. I don’t know, perhaps there are perfect people like her, perkiness included—I’m just not one of them.

I realized I needed to blog for us lazy people. The people who start a project and lose interest within the first ten minutes. The people who would take days, maybe months to organize their linen closets.

The real people who blog from their heart. Those of us who are who we are. Even in the blog world, where we can remain anonymous—we still can’t pretend to be someone other than who we are.

To motivate myself, I’m forming a new plan of attack. I’m going to blog about my successes regarding my ongoing struggles to reach my goals.

I dream of a series of posts such as—30 Days to Becoming Organized, filled with wonderful tips for how you can reach it too. Ha! I may share some of what I’ve learned, but I’ve tried to follow the tips of the Ms. Perfect-House Pants’ of the world, and I found we all have our unique styles.

Also, I may feel like writing about something else. So, I think I will start with a more random series.

I have been working on a household budget, and organization of my office space. Thus, a starting point for being held accountable. If I want to blog about my process, maybe I will be more inclined to actually get things done?

And so begins my journey.


About April

I'll come back to this when I find out who I really am. I've been through some extremely rough patches but they have made me a better person. I blog if my brain is functioning first thing in the morning.
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16 Responses to Thirty Random Days to Organized Chaos

  1. aviets says:

    My downfall is that I’ll get the energy and interest to do an organizing project, but once I get into it I just want to get it done as quickly as possible, so it usually turns out…better, but half-assed. Your mention of the linen closet cut me to the quick – I had intended to do that project over Christmas break but just couldn’t bring myself to tackle it. Probably because it’s half linen closet and half “everything I’ve collected in 25 years that I don’t have another place for.” Yuck. But I’ll try to follow your excellent example. 🙂 -Amy

    • April says:

      I figured if I believed I had to write a post about it, maybe I would be more successful. Let me tell you—I think I want to take a nap and do it some other day. 🙂

  2. I sighed. I laughed. Here’s to your progress!

  3. mewhoami says:

    That sounds like a great plan. Being held accountable certainly helps to keep us motivated. Although it’s hard for me to believe that anyone in this world is happy and has it all put together 24 hrs a day, I commend those who feel that they do. I suppose if I felt that I had everything put together, that maybe at some point I would.

    • April says:

      I should be able to have some discipline, but I am seriously lacking in that department. I’ve tried everything else, maybe this time I will succeed?

  4. suzjones says:

    I agree with mewhoami in that nobody has it all together 24 hours every day. Every person has flaws.
    Do you know how many times I’ve cleaned out certain areas only to have to redo them again and again? It just never stays the same way that I organised it. lol
    However, I know that I need to declutter once more. I have some blog posts I still need to do on this very subject but you know how it goes…. you collect stuff and then….

    • April says:

      I kid you not. That Ms. Perfect-House Pants obviously has OCD and has the time to blog about her expertise in making everything perfect. I’m positive she has to have another side to her, but I would be more inclined to read a “real” representation than a forced one to make me feel inadequate because I can’t even fake being happy or perky—at any time. Even behind the keyboard.

      As far as having to return to organizing to the same area over and over, I am very guilty of that one. Like I said, I’m forming a new plan of attack. I’ll let you know what works for me. 🙂

      • suzjones says:

        I need to take control of my home once more. It is beginning to make me feel like a failure.

        • April says:

          I feel like my mess makes things worse for me. I have worked very hard to quit beating myself down, but when I want to find something and can’t, that negative mind-talk starts in. I’m just tired of fighting against it. Maybe what I’m doing this time will help?

  5. Cathy says:

    Will be waiting for your thoughts and hints on organizing. I also had a thought about doing the linen closet as Amy said above it is the “other” stuff in there that I dread. And I wouldn’t describe you as perky…nice…thoughtful are words I would use to describe you but not perky, nor would I say you are fake….so no perky from you!!! hugs April….as always,

    • April says:

      Nope, no perky. The idiot who developed our house, gave us two linen closets in the master bath, and there is a hall closet way too small for winter blankets during the summer. Well, maybe there would be room if there weren’t so many other things that I’m not sure what’s in there any more. 🙂 Good luck with your closet.

  6. Glynis Jolly says:

    Do you find yourself feeling exhilarated by starting this new chapter in your life/blogging? I wait eagerly for your next post.

    • April says:

      I’m not sure I feel exhilarated, but I do find a sense of accomplishment. Blogging has seriously helped me see what kind of things I would otherwise ignore.

  7. I’m really glad I’m not the only one. I am sitting here reading blogs when I need to be working or organizing my house. Three weeks ago I felt I was making progress, but then my company came and then all the back-to-school chaos begin and well, here I sit.

    • April says:

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has “exposed” their chaos. I think I have a post under that title shaming myself into organization. Believe me, my lack of organization is horrible. But, I’m still working on them.

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