Do you ever notice that you straighten up an area and if you don’t keep a very close eye on it, it becomes chaos in no time and you wonder when and how that happened! It’s a fact just like The Broken Window Theory. Chaos creates chaos.
Since I am one of those types that want everything done now, I generally end up killing myself doing as much as I possible can from sun-up to sun-down. Only to find myself the next day in a great deal of pain and feeling frustrated because I am not Wonder Woman and EVERYTHING did not get done. And that mentality just burns you out fast!
This is not a concept for everyone. I know a lot of you out there are so organized and enjoy housework. I envy you! I love, love, love a clean house. But, I don’t love the work that it takes to get there. I don’t hate housework but, I just love a lot of other things more. However, keeping a clean home and an organized one is a necessity for me. Because I have so many “balls in the air” all the time, things have to run smoothly at home.
So, I sat myself down and had a good “talkin’ to”. LOL What I decided to do (this is going to sound very weird to a lot of you) is hire myself as a professional cleaner and organizer! Yup, I needed to take the personal out projects and think of it as a job I was doing for someone else.
I am not talking about everyday household cleaning and upkeep, I am referring to those projects that need to be dealt with like:
- Cleaning out the linen closet
- scrubbing down and decluttering the kitchen cabinets
- going through closets and cleaning/purging
What I did last week was I broke down my kitchen in different project zones. Instead of simply saying, “Clean the kitchen”, I tackled (as a Pro cleaner and organizer) one specific area in the kitchen that needed to be deep cleaned and reorganized. I determined a realistic amount of time for each project. It has really helped to think of this as hiring an outsider to do the job. Like most of us, I have a tendency to set unrealistic time frames for myself but, I am completely fine with giving more time to a hired person.
Since I am hiring myself to do one project only, I am not going to do any other things such as doing the laundry, doing the dishes or straightening up other areas. Would a professional person hired to do one job say, “Hey, while I am here, I’m going to do their laundry and dishes while I work on the area I was hired for”? Of course not! That allows me to completely focus on doing a professional job on a specific project.
What a freeing experience! I’m not going to beat myself up because I wasn’t multitasking my little ‘ol heart out! And guess what? Projects are getting done and I had the rest of the day to deal with other things in life. No semi-finished project. No “that will have to do” . It was done!
I have been using this “hire myself as a professional for one project at a time” method all last week. And I have to say, I am very happy with everything I have be able to do so far. And I wasn’t in dire pain or stuck with uncompleted projects. I have done a lot of purging and de-cluttering. I can actually do the project in the allotted time frame, see the completed project done and get a sense of accomplishment! It feels great!
So, do you think this method would help you? If so, I would love to hear how you did Hiring yourself for a project! And if you are curious, no I didn’t read about this method anywhere. I just created it for myself. I have always been able to tackle things if I take the personal part out and go at it from a business aspect.
Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you all with the scary project zones I work on each week! But, I do want to share some organizational tips that seem to work for me from time to time.
Next week I am going to share an embarrassing area that seems to get out of control fairly easily around here: The Top of the Fridge.
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