People that are organized in one way or another often look like they have it all together. You might think that from reading my blog or if you know me in person, by being around me. But like all humans, I'm not organized so I can have perfection or attempt to show you that I have it all together. I'm organized because it is how my brain works and I feel more relaxed when I have things in my home that makes sense for me.
I'm just like everyone else at times with sand and dirt on my kitchen floor, bathrooms that need cleaning, piles of papers to be dealt with. I hold on to things, like some artwork from when my girls were young, yearbooks and until recently a sweatshirt from high school! We eat popcorn on the couch, put our feet on the coffee table, forget to eat the oranges and start a refrigerator science experiment. We accumulate trash and dirty laundry because we live in our home, just like you we aren't perfect.
I don't believe in striving for perfection, improvement yes, but not perfection because it doesn't really exist except in magazines, television shows, advertisements and some places on the Internet. And even then it is a manufactured perfection.
I seek a life of balance. And I'm not saying I'm there. I know I'm off balance in several areas of my life. One of those is my use of the computer and the time I spend on it. It has become off balance. There are other things I want to spend my life's hours on then surfing the web for things I didn't even know I wanted or needed. So I have been working on reducing my computer hours this month. I'm not specifically tracking the time, but I do know that I'm spending most of my mornings off of the computer lately. So I'm sure I'm shaving a couple hours off a day! That is an improvement that will help me spend my time in other ways.
I share this so you don't think I have it all together. I don't I'm not perfect, and I'm not even striving to be perfect. Yes, I have my methods and habits that do help us keep a tidy home. I have goals because I'm looking to improve my life. All of this happens because my mind is wired to think this way and I'm choosing to live this way.
I also want you, my readers, to know I don't have any judgments on how you live your life, how tidy your home is, whether you cleaned your bathroom yesterday or last month. I know what I prefer, but you live in your home, and I live in mine. I do hope that if you aren't happy with how you live in your home that you consider what you want to be different. What can you change to make that happen?
I have found that setting up reminders either in a calendar, on a phone, a note in your car or kitchen table can be the start of a new habit. A couple years ago I realized I was getting lazy with how often I cleaned our sheets. I decided I could handle twice per month. And then I realized that my husband is paid twice per month so I could remember to wash sheets on those same days! It doesn't always happen exactly on payday, but if I have washed the sheets sometime in the few days before or after I'm very pleased. I've been doing this routine for awhile now, so it's a habit.
Do you know what you are striving for? Perfection or improvement and balance?