I admit it: I love organization. But I do not love organizing.
I’m a reader. I taught myself to read when I was like, 4 or 5 or some young age like that. Even now, if I’m not reading some sort of entertaining novel I feel like I’m incomplete. I have to read while eating (even if it’s just the nutrition facts on the box of cereal). So if you combine that with my love of “organization” you will easily see that I fall into the “reads everything about organization, tries it for 5 minutes, then reads something new!” category.
This month over at the Fly Lady the habit of the month is her base habit: shining your sink every night. Now, I’ve attempted to follow the fly lady system for about the past six months. She says it is all about simplicity, but frankly I can’t handle it. 31 days worth of babysteps? Nope, I need to focus on small things. 15 minutes of decluttering? Nice idea, babe, but how am I supposed to do that and spend time reading things on the internet? However, this sink shining thing (which I’ve been trying to go at full force) has seen some success. Most (not all) nights there are no dishes in the sink and it’s realitivly clean in the kitchen. It IS a good feeling to wake up and not have to worry about doing dishes.
But frankly, her system is too much for me and it just doesn’t work. My schedule varies every week so I can’t always have a “weekly home blessing hour” on Mondays, have errand day be Thursdays and clean out my car on Fridays (heck, I’d be happy if that happened once a month, let alone once a week!). Her system also relies heavily on her email system, with daily emails of her “flight plan” and testimonials that sound suspiciously cheesy and form written. There’s no room to have both the support system with your own variation of the cleaning system.
So, of course, I’m looking for a new system. But this time, I’m trying to take what is good and what works from the Fly system and combine it with whatever other new system I find. Because being a clean, organized homemaker isn’t going to happen with anyone else’s system. I need to find MY system. And guess what, even if I come up with a great thing that works for me, it probably won’t work for you. I’m sorry, dear dear reader. But this is not the point of my blog. I’m not here to give you a magic formula. Rather, I’m here to just tell you what I’m doing so maybe you can find one little thing that works for you. And I’m here to support you as you journey in your vocation. Cause your vocation is different than mine. There is no “One Size Fits All” vocation.
I’m off to read some more tips and tricks. There’s a pile of dishes too, waiting to be done after a night where I was at a wedding having a fantastic time. And that’s what it’s all about. When you die, NO ONE will care if you washed every dish as soon as you were done with it or had a shiny sink every morning. No, they will not. No one. I repeat, not one person will care about that. But they’ll look back at that random wedding where you wore a hot dress, had make up on and were smiling, laughing, taking pictures and just having a great time dancing like you were 16 and in love (even though you’re 23/31/45/whatever and in love).