Jack of Trades, Master of None – Put Function In Your Apartment
I want to be a master. I want to be good at one thing.
Have you ever felt like you do everything in life part-time? I go to school part-time. I work part-time. I write part-time. And even though there is no such thing as a part-time Mom, I sure feel like one a lot with everything else going on in my day.
Life seems to have gotten extremely complicated, even from when I was a kid. Children are starting sports younger, more often than not both parents are working, and social schedules are filled to the max with birthday parties, play dates and field trips. I can recall having one birthday party growing up… ONE. The other birthdays were spent with our immediate family. My Mom always cooked us our favorite meal (mine was taco salad and green dessert). But, for some reason my children think they are entitled to a party with friends EVERY YEAR. How did this happen?
So I am asking myself, “Do I control my schedule or does my schedule control me?” Lately, I have jumped on the bandwagon of simplifying my and my family’s life. We don’t need to fill our weekends so full of activity that there is no time to relax. And let’s face it- my apartment doesn’t clean itself. I have to be there if I’m going to clean it.
This article may seem a little sporadic, jumping from one busy subject to the next. But, this has become my life! And I’m desperate to stop the madness.
Organization is key to keeping my sanity. But, what if I’m not good at being organized? What if my papers pile up on the kitchen table because I don’t utilize the place I designated to put them? What if I write things on my calendar, but then never refer to it again? What if I don’t like to put my clothes away and would rather live out of a laundry basket?
My solution is function, rather than organization. For example:
- I don’t want to dust a bunch of pictures and knick-knacks hanging in my kitchen. So instead of decorative shelves I use a baker’s rack to decoratively store my everyday pots and pans. Since these items are washed on a daily basis anyway there is no need to take them down to dust them.
- I can’t keep drawers neat and tidy. Instead of having dressers in every bedroom we do better with closet organizers and bins. Sometimes I have to face the facts. The clothes aren’t folded neatly in the drawer anyway so as long as they make it in the proper bin, I’m happy.
- My calendar is a nightmare, not to mention I have three of them. None of the three look the same, which is a problem. My new cell phone has saved my life. It is something I look at EVERY DAY whether I need to check the calendar or not. It is easy to keep track of appointments when they appear before my eyes every time my phone rings.
So, this is my mission. I’m going to become the master of chaos. Why micro-manage my life away? I say, embrace the mayhem that is me and roll with it. Do you have any suggestions that might help me make my life more functional?