I would feel rather confident in saying that I am a pretty organized mom. I pack lunches and pick out outfits the night before. I keep my calender up to date and check it regularly. I keep all bills in a color-coded notebook with special pockets for specific things. My coupons are filed accordingly and my closet is separated according to style (tanks, sweaters, pants, etc.)
I’m sure by stating all of the above I have made some real enemies, but the fact is that I like being organized. It makes the chaos of the day seem like it is somewhat in my control.
But, there is a point to this rambling. My desk. This is one area of clutter that remains cluttered because I am organized. Does that makes sense?! This is were I keep that calender, those bills, school forms, and, most importantly, my lists. My desk is cluttered because it is currently holding several lists regarding several different topics. The clutter won’t go away because my lists never seem to go away. It’s a constant battle of organized chaos. Here are the lists that are currently waiting to be crossed out, high-lighted, or completed.
- The Grocery List – it is updated during the week as I see we need something, but I don’t grocery shop until Friday nights or Saturday mornings. I hope to change that to during the week next year when I have two babies in preschool.
- The Menu List – ideas, recipes I want to research, things I know we can cook based on the ingredients we have on hand
- The Easter List – this includes not only the list of things I need to purchase, but also a list of what will be put in each child’s basket
- My daily to-do list – I am bound and determined to finish it one day!
- A Mail list – this is a list of things that I am waiting on to arrive ‘in the mail.’ This included packages, things I have ordered, something my mother said to look out for, etc.
- Spring Project list – the hubby probably dreads this one because it is just a larger version of the lovely ‘honey do’ list
- Writing List – this includes goals, current projects, ideas, etc.
Maybe the world would seem less cluttered if I could find that one perfect, beautiful, well sized, OCD-certified notebook that could hold all my lists. Then they could live together in perfect list harmony.