My highly organized friends might consider me a wreck. And, amazingly enough, I have friends who consider me one of their highly organized friends. It's all a matter of perspective, I think.
Twenty or so years ago, I was quite unorganized.
And then I had an epiphany at Mary's house.
Someone asked Mary for a magic marker, and instead of rummaging through drawers and closets (as I might have done), she walked down the hall and immediately returned with a crock filled with markers whose colored caps were all standing up. I also learned that Mary had a menu plan (What? No panic mode every day at 4 pm? No speed thawing?) that included a chicken dish on Tuesdays and grilling on Saturdays and ethnic food on Wednesdays.
Now if you are an organizational guru, then those simple ideas probably don't impress you. But at that time in my life, I was impressed! Mary had a well-managed home, and I didn't. I was considering homeschooling my children, and I knew that I would have to get my home and my life more organized. I needed order and structure...not my fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants system that meant doing what needed doing when it needed doing (or a little bit after it needed doing).
Fast forward twenty years...
I am still not an organizational guru. (Just peek into my laundry room.) (No, don't.) But I am way beyond what I was before someone asked for a magic marker at Mary's house.
As I begin this new year, I am thinking about organization. I am feeling the need to re-organize some areas of my home. And I am thinking about sharing some tips that have worked for me here in this bloggy space. Although most of my ideas are simple, I have found that simple ideas can make a big difference.