I'm a little bit messy and a whole lot organized. Both have their merits, but getting organized isn't really that difficult and it frees up frantic energy. Being messy encourages creativity and spontaneity.
Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for an upcoming event. If you're hosting a get-together, sketch out a plan of things to do a week ahead of time, the day before, such as shopping, decorating, etc. Remember to build in your buffers for potential delays. You will be pleasantly surprised during your stress less party!
Make a short list of telephone #'s and post where the entire family can see, such as on a kitchen bulletin board. In addition to emergency #'s, include hairdresser, car repair, schools, etc. Of course, you have them keyed into your cell phone, but things happen. With a master list you will stress less, by knowing that preparedness is key.
You'll remove a truck load of stress from your life, simply by making a pre-emptive strike against last-minute events. Keep a last-minute bag packed with necessities, in the event you have to make a trip at the last minute. Stash last-minute gifts away. Buy items on sale, such as scented candles and soaps, kid's toys and games, books, etc. Or, purchase a few gift certificates and greeting cards with a cash wallet. Keep little extras at work for last-minute emergencies like safety pins, headache pills, small first-aid kit and alcohol hand wipes.
Without doubt, mornings are the most stressful times of each day. Enlist the family in a game of "evening express". The night before, in about 30-45 minutes: kids can put needed things in their backpack, dad can pack lunches, mom can lay out clothing, prepare the coffee pot and put bowls, silverware, glasses, etc on the table. Have everyone put backpacks, coats, videos to return, letters to mail, etc. by front door. Designate of couple of nights for the job-well-done reward - everybody can pile on the couch and take turns reading or telling a story or play a short game before bedtime.
In all fairness, there are merits to messiness. Think of all the time and money you'll save! You won't have to buy all those little trays, compartments or thingamajigs to organize your paper clips and sock drawer. A bit of clutter and disorder invites the randomness into our lives. Prissy neat people are so busy checking their calendars, to-do lists and various electronic gadgets they miss out on spontaneous invitations. Think of the flexibility you'll gain by not being tied to neatness and control.
Let's take a vote! Are you organized or messy? Or, are you like me? Do you see the merits of messiness and the merits of getting organized?
Excellent information on this interesting topic. H5
I like your ideas about having a little stash.
There are more people who try to keep things orderly who end up with mental problems or worse than those who have a little messiness.
I agree that a little messiness is good. I can be organized but am also a messy person when home alone!
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