Thursday, October 11, 2007

Organized? Me?

I have decided to organize my life. I have lived in various stages of disorganization for far too long, it is time for action. As Dr. Phil says, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge” so concede I will---

Hello, my name is Marsha, and I am disorganized. On the surface my house looks fine. You could stop by my house and I would let you in the door. It is put together, relatively clean, vacuumed, dusted etc… - - BUT don’t open ANY cabinet or closet doors. I have created a 12-step program to address my weakness (I am, in NO way, poking fun at the 12-step program, which has helped many people overcome addictions. It is simply being used as a vehicle to make my point). Feel free to join me, if need be.

1. I admit I am powerless over hidden clutter - that my life has become somewhat unmanageable.

2. I have come to believe that a power (or cleaning specialist) greater than myself (or at least equal to) could restore me to sanity but isn’t likely to happen quickly enough.

3. I have made a decision to turn my will and my clutter over to the care of organization professionals, as I know them (which I don’t—know any that is).

4. Make a searching and fearless inventory of my organizationally challenged behavior and myself.

5. Admit to God, to myself and to other human beings the exact nature of my clutter.

6. Am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character (oh and there are a few not listed that I could get rid of also).

7. Humbly asked Him to remove my shortcomings and to send help soon (I feel so much better now). Does God do this kind of work?

8. Make a list of all persons who should be doing their part in the household, and become willing to make them accountable.

9. Make direct expectations to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others (like the wrath of mom wouldn’t be scary enough).

10. Continue to take personal inventory and when I am considering saving something, or stashing something admit it (may not put it where it goes, but I will admit it didn’t belong there).

11. Seek, through thought and constant reading, to improve my conscious contact with organizational gurus as I understood them, praying only for a measure of their knowledge and the power to carry it out.

12. Having had an organizational awakening as the result of these steps, I try to carry this message to the unorganized and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The first meeting of Disorganized Anonymous will meet at my house this weekend. Please bring cleaning supplies, organizational materials and enough caffeine to keep everyone moving. We can tackle my house first (brilliant idea).

This I know for sure…. (I wonder how many I should plan for?)


Annie said...

Well, Rob and I would come, if we lived closer. My five year old is in need of an intervention but she insists that if I would just stop tidying her room, she would have no trouble finding things at all.

Sigh, the organization thing is a continual battle.

Marsha said...

I can't even imagine combining two households---yikes!!! My 11 year old is also in need of an intervention, but I, on the other-hand, am trying to back off and allow him to make some decisions on his own---we will see what happens. It is so difficult not to micro-manage him.

Annie said...

l11 year olds and micro-managing don't mix and it as I recall from my days of teaching 6th grade. I have just been closing the door to my daughter's room and we are both happier (from what Rob tells me it doesn't get better and I guess as long as dirty clothes are in a laundry basket and clean ones in a drawer it's all good.

PS - the secret to two households is to give lots of the stuff away....sadly the disorganization, on my part, is my stuff.

Evan and Julia said...

I mock you all! I am a committed disorganizist. I believe the only way to enlightenment is through a messy office. I like it! So what if there's no place for a visitor to sit. Maybe I didn't want visitors anyway!

Nance said...

Did I miss something about combining two households? Did I not ask if anyone knew any professional organizers a few months ago? Gee, I never thought about inviting everyone over to rid my life of clutter!!! Great idea!!! Julie and Courtney came over last Thursday and condensed 7 shelves of stuff to one!!! 6 bags of garbage of which one I had to go through cuz they threw away Larry's Oreo's!!! I did hear of one professional so let me know if you need her name..I haven't called yet...Julie and Courtney were great but Courtney moves away this weekend......