So many of us find ourselves traveling constantly during the summer months. Even though I’m not having that kind of summer, much of my adult life has involved lots of travel. It can be hard to catch your breath! And, I believe that being organized can make these experiences that much more enjoyable.
I am just a couple weeks off from my third trimester, and things are starting to GET REAL. The baby’s kicking, I’ve seen what her face looks like (!!!) and we have the beginnings of a nursery set-up.
And, as it starts getting warmer here in New England, it’s about time to change up our bedding.
All of which has led me to my latest organizing project: the cedar closet in our basement!
This is where, among other things, we store our extra linens and off-season clothing.
Being pregnant has brought forth a lot of changes in both types of storage!
Have you been feeling blah about your wardrobe?
Maybe you've been feeling bored and uninspired. Maybe you've been struggling to put together your outfits. Maybe your clothes aren't fitting their best. Maybe you're just running out of space. Whatever the case, you're living the cliche of "a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear."
Oh man, have I been there. Many of us are in the habit of undervaluing our wardrobes. We let ourselves down by saying that it doesn't matter.
I know that for a long time, I dismissed my instincts to care about how I present myself as shallow. But it's not necessarily about other people's opinions, or fitting in with society, or about devaluing non-physical aspects of ourselves. I discovered that for me, it's about feeling my best and celebrating each day.
Several years ago, before I had decluttered my stuff and organized my space, I had quite the embarrassing morning. I was working in a school at the time, about a half hour away from where I lived, and as I was trying to get out the door, I realized that I couldn't find my keys to save my life.
Until that morning, it was normal for me to shuffle around for 5-7 minutes longer than I thought I'd need, gathering all of my stuff as I headed out the door. My keys were always floating around somewhere, and I'd have to look around to find them, and most days I did.
That morning, however, I turned the house upside down looking for these keys for about 15 minutes before I realized that I needed to call the school and let them know I was going to be late. It must have been 45 minutes before I finally found my keys, and the experience taught me a life lesson: designate one spot for your keys.
Many people need their keys to leave the house and get to work. Other things can, and do, get left behind if it takes too long to find them.
What if it didn't have to be like that?
Every week was the same.
I would buy a plastic container of fresh spinach on Sunday, eat a tiny bit on Monday, and then ignore it until it went bad. The following Sunday, I’d throw it out, and start my cycle over again. It felt awful. I wanted to eat my greens and was holding on to the idea of it - but couldn’t seem to bring it full circle and finish the damn container.
Too much fresh food went out that way in my hands. I’d have the best intentions of cooking and eating healthy at the beginning of the week - but I just wouldn’t be able to actually get it together over the course of the week. Not only was my diet deficient in fresh produce, I was all but throwing money away!
I wondered where I was going wrong. When I actually asked the question, I realized that the answer was two-fold. For one thing, my kitchen was a nightmare to work in. And for another, I didn’t have a real plan for how to buy and manage food.