Seasonal Organizing Disorder (SOD)

The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama:

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source: Evelyn Giggles

It feels like with every new season, my aspirations far exceed my and time and energy.  In this age of social media, we’re bombarded with images of beautifully organized spaces, and it’s easy for feelings of comparisons to creep in.  Today, for the sake of explanation, I’m going to call this ‘need to organize, revamp, redo’ – Seasonal Organizing Disorder (SOD).  No, this isn’t a real disorder, this is an acronym that I made up to prove a point and help you if you struggle with this same ‘disorder’.

With three little people aged six and under, unless I hired Mary Poppins to run the house, there’s no way my want-to-do list would ever be realistic or attainable.  Naturally we tend to do want or need to do a ‘do over’ with the start of each new season.  This new season instead of getting in over your head with things to try to get done, start small with realistic expectations.  You’ll be thankful that you did.

Here are a few ways to get something done and get that great feeling of accomplishment even when you aren’t tearing down walls and redoing your dining room all by yourself.

Think small.

This isn’t necessarily a season for starting over or implementing a new system that would put the best cleaning company out of business or could be the cover of next month’s greatest home decorating magazine.  Have your aspirations be realistic and do-able.  Need to organize your closet?  Instead of trying to do it all in one sitting, divide it into sections and do it over the course of a week or month.

Isolate the biggest annoyances first.

Regardless of your number of children, marital status, or house size, there’s probably something that isn’t working with the rest of the house or with your routine. So, take a few minutes to isolate your biggest annoyances.  Maybe it’s your junk drawer that won’t close, your crusty refrigerator, disorganized kids’ closets, your front closet that houses coats and dog food.  Write down three things that are driving you batty and make a plan to take care of them.

Start a new habit or routine.

Sick of mountains of laundry?  Or a sink full of dishes?  Stopped working out because you were too busy?  Do something about it and figure out a way to make a change.  One little thing like wiping down the table after each meal can create a habit.  This little 30 second habit may allow you to walk into your kitchen without that sinking feeling that you forgot to clean off the table and the kitchen is a disaster.

Organize something – not everything.

Nothing beats the feeling of being unproductive like completing a quick project.  Pick a drawer, cabinet, closet or room and organize it.  Put things where they belong and get rid of what you don’t need – it’s a guaranteed pick-me-up!

Give it a try – pick two or three things that you know you can accomplish – not everything has to be a complete room revamp.  I love the freshness that a new season brings, and now I am able to embrace little organizing projects that fit with the season by taking it slow and in smaller portions.  No more Seasonal Organizing Disorder – I still find time to make my home run more smoothly, it’s just in bits and pieces instead of all at once.

If you need a list to motivate your to do’s, I have a few freebies here.

How about you?  Ever get that SOD feeling?

Becky is a self-proclaimed clean freak and list maker. She is a work-at-home mom to three little ones, and in her spare time she enjoys sharing her cleaning and organizing tricks and tips on her blog, Clean Mama and through her Etsy Shop, Clean Mama Printables.