For me, this has been a love/hate relationship. I love to organize activities, in fact, some have told me I have a gift for it. I know I could organize other people's stuff. I was prepared to organize my mom's whole house at the beginning of summer. I could have done it too. Since I helped pack and also helped unpack, I knew exactly what she had and had a plan worked out in my head as to how it was all going to be mapped out. Then she came home. AND she had the nerve to prefer the same old chaos she had always had. She likes her sheet sets mismatched. She has all the right sheets, she just likes to mix them up. I had to walk away. I was shaking my head-but I gave up the fight. After all, I don't have to live in it. As long as everything is in the right room and all put away, she is happy. Nothing out. Shove it in a bag, tuck away in a closet-no one needs to know where it is-just for heaven's sake don't have anything looking messy. Her house IS always clean, I'll give her that.
My stuff though, is a whole other game. It is nearly impossible to organize my own stuff. Each item carries with it so much baggage!! Should it stay or should it go? Picture a stuffed character...easy to toss...oh wait, that is Kayla's stuffed batman. When she was 2, Santa had to go on ebay to find that. Oh my goodness, she was so happy to see that under the tree!! She never left it out of her sight or far from her grip for two years. You can tell just how loved it was. Never could that be tossed. It goes in the keepsake box along with 200 other items. OK, there is more than one keepsake box. There is the one with the cute little preemie outfits that all 3 girls were small enough to wear, at least for a little while. In addition to the ones they all wore, each ones first halloween costumes are in there too. And all those boxes and boxes of pictures-I'm gonna sort them all out SOMEDAY. Looky there at all that scrapbooking stuff-I hardly ever get to do it...but SOMEDAY. That corner up there is hubby's football memorabilia and that corner houses our scrapbooks from high school and all our old yearbooks. We have 203 VHS tapes of telethon performances and other taped broadcasts featuring the drumming excellence of dear hubby through the years. Look there are no fewer than 10 family video tapes the first of which is a wedding video.
Yep, sorting through personal stuff and finding a way to organize it is really tough!! Some might say impossible. MAybe I should stick with the bookshelf and paper clutter. Not now though, for right now I'm with Hula-off to see the Olympics. I wonder if she's picked out a diver yet.