Today is National Cat Herders Day. I know you are thinking how exactly does this fit in with being organized?
Let me tell you. Some of you feel like getting or staying organized is like herding cats am I right? See, you knew I would get there.
Besides who doesn’t love a picture of cute kittens.
OK today is the day you herd your cats. You can get organized and you can get control over your clutter. Here are a few tips:
- Stacking things develops bad habits. Stacks of items tend to grow into unmanageable piles of clutter and chaos that then take hours to clean and sort. Looking a stacks or piles of stuff is stressful. It is a constant reminder that there is something to be done ~ don’t be a Pilot! No Piles allowed.
- Let go of what you don’t use or can’t wear. Absolutely do not pay storage fees to store stuff you don’t use, can’t use and will not use. Someday is most likely not going to come. If it does you can buy what ever you need and enjoy all the space in the mean time.
- Kids need chores ~ Make chore lists for children. If they know what is expected of them they can check that off of their lists too. Make them a chore list.
- Delegate some of the responsibility. I know your kids may not load the dishwasher the way you would but it’s OK. The dishes will get clean. Also so what if your husband doesn’t fold the towels the way you would. They will still dry you off.
- Don’t assume. Have clear expectations and responsibilities
- Don’t put things down put them up. The next time you are piling things up, stop and ask yourself how much longer it would take to put things away. It may take a couple extra minutes now, but will save you even more time and effort in the future.
- It’s OK to say NO. You don’t have to do it all.
Control your clutter and get organized. You don’t have to be overwhelmed. If you control it you can herd you cats.