E told me that whether I know it or not my desire for organization is a gift. To see an area and figure out a way to make it acceptable to me is envisioned by her to be a gift. I never looked at it this way. It's just who I am and I go to lengths to accomplish an organizational goal.
The key here is to focus on one small area at a time. Looking at the big picture is so overwhelming that I don't think anyone could achieve a goal to revamp the whole thing at once.
She came up with a number of questions for me about organizing which I jotted down and will do a series on organizing. You must know at this point, I'm no expert. My need for order is what drives me. I kind of looked at it as a glitch - if I were being honest.
E has certainly been working on de cluttering her house for a few months. The amount of items that that have been donated or sent to the land fill -in her estimation - is astronomical. This has been very pleasing to her and her family. She is currently in the mode to fine tune her previous efforts.
.As she went on she brought to the surface the things that have been bothering her. We talked about storage containers first.
|I love these Mason brand storage jars. I'll be adding to the collection. |
They match my canning foods nicely.
Recently, I have discovered that - for me - just having containers is bothersome. Having them does not serve to reach my goals 100%. I had to rethink the way I have been looking at things for many years.
When we had a large family to spend our resources on, then I would save jars and containers from store bought foods. Doing this served it's purpose and was great on the budget. But, I don't have to do things like that anymore. This realization was very moving, meaning it got me to move forward. I'm still frugal, but the need to be frugal in all areas is no longer a concern. Neither is it a concern for E at this stage in her life.
The thing that opened my eyes was a birthday gift from my daughter of two quart Mason storage jars. I've been wanting these jars for some time, but refused to pay the price. Why? The twelve dollar asking price was not out of reach for me. I think it falls under old habits are hard to break. When the filled jars were placed in the pantry, my heart sang a hippy tune. At last! I finally figured it out. Consistent looking containers is the key to an organized pantry. Organizing life after that was so much easier. To be continued....
This video has quite a bit of wisdom in it.