Monday, January 11, 2010

Spin Cycle- Cleaning and organizing!


I was over at Sprite's Keeper and her Spin Cycle this week is about the show Hoarders and cleaning and organizing. It got me thinking about how much I love to keep things around me organized. For instance, as you all know, I post a Monday's Household Assignment each week. I have no plan for them, I just post the tasks that I'm doing or have done that week myself. Organizing and cleaning just come naturally to me. I can't help it. I like things neat and tidy around me or I feel like my whole life is out of control. I keep my spices alphabetized, I love my labeler and have labels on all my linen closet shelves and shelves in other closets. I just like things to be organized.  The only exception to this is my desk which tend to gather a pile. Every two weeks, I muck it off and then it begins again.

After Christmas, I was so overwhelmed by all the Christmas decor that had been out, when I got it all put away, I didn't even take out all of the regular items to put back. My mantel usually has 5 candle holders, a couple of vases with grasses and stuff in them and a wooden box with seed balls on it. Right now it has one vase and 2 candle holders. I just needed super clean and pared down for a few weeks to recover. I find it soothing and calming. I  try not to be obsessive about it but it is just so dang nice  when everything is in its place. Do you like things organized or do you thrive with some chaos around you? Head over and join in on this weeks topic. 

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16 comments:

Jo-Jo said...

I love things organized...if only I could get my family to follow suite! lol I get stressed out just thinking about the disarray in my basement right now! yikes.

Unknown Mami said...

I like organized chaos.

McMom said...

I am the same way. If things aren't organized I can think straight. If you haven't done it already, I would love to see a post about your alphabetized spices.

Veronica Lee said...

I dislike chaos but with my two active boys around, it's hard to get things organized!!

Acorn to Oak said...

I completely understand...when things are a mess, my mind is a mess and I can't accomplish anything. I love organization and order in my life too. I'm not sure my house is quite as organized as yours but I try to keep it as organized as possible. My desk tends to be a challenge though. It seems like I'm constantly throwing out papers, filing, and organizing but a pile always seems to come back and grow! Ugh! One way I've found to keep better control of it is by sorting the mail right away. I also have a small metal file bin on my desk with folders labeled: pay, file, receipts, shred, etc. I try to file those things right away into those. Then, from time to time, I clean them out. It seems to have helped a lot.

I enjoy that super clean look after Christmas decorations get put away too. It's refreshing! :-)

Susan said...

I love having things organized!!!

If only my family would follow my lead. It's four against one over here!

I love your Monday's Household Assignments, by the way!

Love, Susan

Noelle said...

i go through spurts...some days the chaos doesn't bother me and then one day...i wake up and i'm a FREAK! everything has to be organized RIGHT NOW! then around and around i go...

Sprite's Keeper said...

I too feel more calm when everything is clean and tidy. Love the look of chi which starts with a c and sounds like clean. Okay, so it doesn't, but that never stops me from saying it! You're linked and your label maker and my laber maker need to get together for a project!

Holly said...

I like things organized...but I have a problem. I started organized but can never seem to keep it that way...one of the many things I am working on this year!
Holly

Lisa Anne said...

That show is classic. I can't believe people live like that. LOL I'm all about purging and organizing. lol

I can't wait to start reading The Help.

mudmama said...

I admire your organization, and I enjoy being organized when by some freak of nature I get that way, but it doesn't come easily to me!

hurstburst said...

I was the same way with my mantel. It didn't have anything on it for a week after I took all the decorations down.

I'd call myself semi-organized. I like things neat and tidy but I'm willing to let them go sometimes until they drive me enough crazy to do something about it.

gayle said...

I need order if not then I get crazy!!

Mama Badger said...

I love simple and organized. However, PBs family are big believers in having lots of krappe. So they give us krappe they think we need. Ugh.

Good for you on the minimizing!

Kaylen said...

I like things tidy. I like more of a clean look - like simplistic. I have just a couple things on my mantel right now and sometimes I think it needs more, but I really like a simple look.

kys said...

Organized! I like clean, empty surfaces. My brain doesn't work well surrounded by chaos. Which explains so much about my life....,