The continuing saga of teaching Peg organizational skills:
Don’t be Martha. Be you.
That’s easier said than done. Martha Stewart, minus the conviction and five months in a federal prison, is the go-to gal when it comes to anything home. She’s organized. Her home is perfect. Martha, minus the federal indictments, is perfect.
So, it’s no wonder that panic sets in when I, the imperfect, page through shelter magazines. Perfect homes. No clutter. Everything has a place to live.
“I don’t want you to be Martha Stewart,” Elizabeth Mayhew says. “Don’t worry about making your own wreaths or snow globes or the perfect cookie. Worry about getting yourself out of the house without a panic attack setting in.”
Oh. I can do that.
Elizabeth recommends that we lower our expectations. “Being organized makes you feel better,” Elizabeth says. “Clearing clutter sharpens your mind and energizes you.” Have a place for everything in your home.
“Categorize all the items in your home,” Elizabeth says.
Find out what you need. Measure. Research and then shop for a system that meets your specific needs. Toys should go in one set of bins. Kitchen utensils in another. Mail should have a home. And so should all the electronic equipment–like cell phone chargers and iPod.
“One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to purchase bins and baskets that simply won’t help you organize your stuff,” Elizabeth says. “Every household has unique needs and what works for one person (like Martha!) may not work for you.”
“Work around your life,” she says. “Don’t let anyone—even Martha—tell you what’s right for your life in your home.”
Here are a few ideas to get you started. But, don’t forget to measure and assess your needs!