There was a time when my house was 100% clutter free. It was so perfect in every way; I swear it was the most organized, most unrealistically clean houses you’ve ever seen or walked through. It was absolutely beautiful…one of the best.
Unfortunately, those days are long gone. Since the girls have gotten older; I’ve noticed that I can’t seem to keep up with anything like I used to. Now I’m just lucky if I get the clothes washed and folded, downstairs, and taken upstairs to be tackled with later. The beds are never made and my windows haven’t been washed in a year or more.
This Sunday was different than most Sundays. Instead of cleaning; I sat on my chair, with the kids, and watched TV. We read books, we played games, we even drew pictures and colored. But as far as the house goes—nothing was touched. I’m not 100% happy about it, but I’m not fretting it either. I know that I’ll get to it eventually, and if I do happen to have a visitor or two between now and next Sunday, the only thing they’re going to notice is that my house looks “lived in,”and that my friends, is something I can live with.
So why the change in attitude?
One of the books I read over the weekend was Pretty Neat (literally). It’s a book about letting go of perfection, by Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch. In this book are methods to reduce organizational stresses. There were a ton of stories and tips that I found enlightening too. And here’s what’s funny. I even noticed myself smiling a lot, when reading, because it was so relatable to me and my life; my stresses and my worries…all for organization.
For me; reading this book was a ‘wake-up’ call. Though I will never let my house go to “crap”—reading the book has helped me understand that, yes, being organized is important, but not life threatening. My house doesn’t have to be spotless all the time. We have lives, we have kids, kids make messes, and that’s just a part of “life”. Sweating the fact that my house isn’t as organized or impeccable as it once was isn’t the end of the world. So I have a few things on the floor and my dishes haven’t been washed since yesterday. Big deal. I will get to “that” when I’m done doing things that need taking care of now. I’m not going to stress about it anymore.
After reading this book, I started thinking about when my priorities were on the house 100%. Sure, it was beautiful to look at, but no one wanted to visit. They were afraid to sit on my couch and/or relax; for fear of making it ‘dirty’. It didn’t feel comfortable for them; it was too-too clean; unlived in. Thinking back now. It wasn’t healthy; when I was so fanatically organized.
Pretty Neat really is a great book and I highly recommend it to every woman out there!!!
The buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of Perfection
By: Alicia Rockmore & Sarah Welch (Creators of Buttoned Up® Organizational Products)
Available at: www.GetButtonedUp.com
Pretty Neat is a handbook that embraces the chaotic reality that lies beneath org porn’s glossy veneer, offering pithy anecdotes and candid advice from experts and real women alike on tackling organizational inertia. Funny, irreverent, entertaining, and helpful, the book covers all facets of clutter-control, from tried-and-true tips for conquering to-do lists and wrangling family schedules to ideas on excavating inboxes, eliminating excuses, and delegating housework. Most importantly, Pretty Neat insists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic organizational goals. Full of engaging examples from everyday women, Pretty Neat offers readers unorthodox, surprisingly simple methods to reduce their org porn-fueled stress, insisting that perfection is impossible—and unnecessary—in this messy, unpredictable world called real life.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Pretty Neat, on behalf of Global Influence, for the purpose of my review. This was not a paid post, nor did receiving product influence any ‘positive’ feedback.