Aug. 2: I just don't feel like it

Well, this will undoubtedly be a huge surprise, but I am not always the most motivated of people. Sometimes when I have a list of things to do I just stare at it for a while and finally add tasks like, "wake up," and "take vitamins," and "brush teeth," just so I can cross them off.

(OK, sometimes I don't always get "brush teeth" crossed off.)

I love to organize things. In my mind, empty boxes and shelves simply beg to be filled neatly. But measuring and calculating my Rubbermaid needs and then shopping for the perfect storage materials wears me out. In other words, I buy all the boxes and they sit empty while I continue to live in chaos. I'm a perfectionist in so many ways but you'd never believe it if you looked at my closets. I used to wonder what was wrong with me until I read that perfectionists are often the worst housekeepers because their need to organize perfectly supersedes their need to just straighten things up. If it can't be done right, it's not worth doing at all.

So I have three boxes of loose papers that need to be filed, but the color-coded hanging file tabs still haven't been made. The clothes Katie and Jack have outgrown fill random boxes in their closets because I haven't gotten around to sorting them by size and season. The space saver bags I bought--you know, the ones you vacuum the air out of--were apparently not sealed tightly and now the mass of blankets and pillows I'd put in them are permanently wedged on the bottom shelf of the linen closet. And don't get me started on my half-assed shoe storage methods.

I'm always looking for new and easy ways to create good habits. My sister's great about sharing ideas. I've found a few fabulous books on organizing, and keep them handy on my nightstand. And today I found this little goodie. What I like about it is that it can be used to meet so many different kinds of goals.

After spending 5-6 hours searching the Internet for the perfect one-page calendar maybe I can actually put this technique to the test. Go me!


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