Organization makes easy
There will be a lot of posts around organization, because being organized is so important. When we are organized, we can do everything easier. In our family we have a saying that is borrowed from working in kitchens - Mise en Place. In our minds, this means that everything should have a place and be in its place. Here are a few reasons why everything is easier when it is in its place:
Getting out and living an active lifestyle. Everytime we come home from an adventure, no matter how big or small, everything goes back in its place. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be able to pack or unpack from a vacation in one hour or less. The same is true for international travel or going to the local museum. I know where my water bottle is.
Frustration levels. I’m notoriously bad at keeping track of the basics of life, to my endless frustration. Wallet, keys, phone, glasses - it is just too much. I still can’t keep it in line all the time. However, having a place for all these things helps immensely. A basket at the front of the house is the home for most of these items. We also have a key hanger.
Food preparation. We have every drawer of the refrigerator labeled. Fruit, Veggies, Meat, Leftovers - everything has its place. Preparing meals is easier, and it is easier for people to know where the MILK is (and where it goes back) when they stay with us - which is all the time. Leftovers are always in the same place so we can use them first before we found them on the back of the refrigerator all bad.
Responsibility. If you are diligent with your children about this, and stand firm that they organize on the same level as you - they will learn to respect their things and to take care of them. They will also learn that they are sucking their (and your) energy away when they leave things all over the house. It takes a lot of effort in the beginning to hold this standard, but it is worth it!
That extra minute that you take putting away that raping paper or the box that came in the mail will save you a lot of time when you have to pick up more than one latter and everything looks overwhelming.
Bed time. We don’t allow toys in the kids rooms because toys are a distraction from the business of sleeping. Sleeping is critical for life. More sleep is better. When everything is in its place at bedtime, kids know where to go and how to get it all done. Soap for shower - in its place. Toothbrushes - in their place. Pijamas - in their place. Your and the kids can follow your routine quicker and easier.
I’m sure you can imagine, and provide lots of other examples where organizing the physical objects of your life makes a difference between success and failure. There are lots of other types of organization (time management, financial planning . . . . ) However organizing the physical objects is a great place to start because the results are immediate and powerful. Make some time to talk about this with your family!