I am determined to feel less overwhelmed. I am on a mission to stop forgetting things. I can imagine I will gain hours back in each day when I am no longer wasting time LOOKING for things. Making sure I keep track of all the many spinning plates in life does not come naturally to me. The constant feeling that I am missing something important causes me great anxiety. I want to fix it, but I was never sure where to start. Having given a lot of thought to the origins of behaviors lately, I have started to see where I can help myself. These are long standing bad habits I need to break. In fact, my mother always said to me, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” No seriously, she has said that to me since I can remember. Clearly, this is a lifelong issue for me.
Well, mom, I am finally listening. And I am set on helping Gemma shake the bad habits she clearly inherited from me.
Today I started by setting up our kitchen “brain”. It is a multifaceted wall setup that will store and organize all the little bits of papers and reminders that end up getting lost at the bottom of my messy bag. There is also a spot for printed checklists to keep the day to day running on schedule. We even have a white board for quick reminders or love notes. I picked the wall since it is one we pass a hundred times a day and it is also home to that video doorbell unit. Might as well do something useful with that space.
Today I picked up simple clipboards at Officeworks. A packet of strong, but small white wall hooks (so I did not need to find the hammer and nails) and then letter stickers (from the sign section) to simply and easily identify the boards.
Knowing myself and my kids, we are going to need to stencil some arrows on the floor to remind us to stop and look at my great new system!!!
This is just the beginning. I am on the organization/simplification warpath in the house. The bathroom cabinets are my next target. Baby steps, but I will get there in the end. I might even find my watch and Gemma’s cub scout handbook in the process. They just *have* to be around here somewhere.