Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I HAVE HAD IT

Why is it an impossible task for people like myself to keep a home picked up? Why is that I can spend hours on end organizing, shuffling junk from one room to another, sorting piles of stuff (for lack of a better term) - just to turn around and the mess be there again the next day - or sooner? This is a continuing problem in my life. I try and I try never to be satisfied or content with a clean home. Many of my closest friends and family would tell you that the majority of the time when they phone me, "I'm cleaning" is the most common phrase out of my mouth. I'm sick of it!!! There are so many more pleasant things to do with ones time and I've had about enough cleaning for my lifetime 10 times over. I've got to come up with a plan, something to end this chaotic cycle of my life. But what?

Maybe I need to start inviting people over constantly. Maybe knowing that in a few hours somebody will be sitting on my living room sofa, either enjoying a clean, pleasant home or a pig pen of an apartment. To know that tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after somebody will see my place. Would I make the extra effort then?

Maybe I need to throw away everything that creates this excess in my space. I've thrown out plenty already with our move, but there is more - tons more. If I don't use, if it doesn't have it's own place I need to throw it away (not to make room for more of the same, of course).

Maybe I need to stop spending so much time at home. My apartment can't get messy if I'm not here, right? I'll just go enjoy my time other places. I'll go enjoy the luxuries of somebodies elses AC, cable, and internet services this summer --- but who's?

Maybe I can hire a cleaning service to come in and deal with this place once a week or so. I could use the break that's for sure! To let someone else deal with my junk... but wait. I think cleaning services only do the basics like vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom... those are the household duties I could live with. I need someone to tackle to mountain of dirty laundry, the chaotic mess of paperwork, and the assortment of junk, that can not even be classified, that litters my floors.

I need a professional organizer. I need to be purged by the best of 'em. I need "Clean Sweep".
I love that television show, but in all honesty my home does not compare to the houses that frequent my favorite cable network... and I'm proud to say that.

If anybody has any suggestions for me, I could use them. I'm desperate here...

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3 comments:

jayme said...

when you find an answer let me know...I can't tell you how bad my house is right this moment. :)

John Trosko said...

Hi Michelle and Jayme,

What you need is a "Professional Organizer." This is a person who's occupation is to help you get organized. "PO's" specialize in home projects, home office, corporate, time management, space planning, relocations etc. You probably need someone who specializes in residential. Each person has a technique, and they vary. There are even Organizers who specialize in the Chronically Disorganized.

Despite these differences, all organizers, including my company OrganizingLA in Los Angeles, apply proven principles to tackle the reduction of clutter (getting rid of anything that wastes time, space, energy or money), creation of systems making everyday jobs easier (developing effective routines) and simplification of daily responsibilities (reducing the amount of time and energy spent on routine activities). Expect to budget for someone "professional" as we are people who come in and MANAGE the "project" and not someone who necessarily takes direction. 'Cause if you know what you want, you can hire a "Merry Maid" and they'll just follow your directions. You can find out more information at the site-- "National Association of Profesional Organizers (www.napo.net.) There is probably a chapter near you and they do provide referrals. Educate yourself and find some help. "Clean Sweep" is a fun show, but they do it so fast, with a crew of 50, and the results never last because "getting organized" is not a one-time weekend event, it takes time and patience to change habits.

jayme said...

whoa...

anyway...a simple thought helped me out a little bit today....

I was thinking about how I really want my house to be like a sanctuary for my family...and I need to think in terms of "sanctuary keeping" instead of "cleaning."

motivated me a little bit.