I was reading some quickies thru the Reader this morning and a blogger shared how they keep things to a fairly tidy and somewhat controlled 'mess' in their home.
She gets frustrated at the amount of stuff they have.
She gets overwhelmed at the task of even beginning to clean and organize.
She probably gets that same blank stare the rest of us do when surveying the amount to do on that To Do list. You just don't know where you should start.
Honestly, I've done FlyLady. I survived the guilt of learning even Baby Fly Steps weren't for me. It's a great plan, really it is. It breaks everything down to a great and truly manageable level.
But if you are starting with a lot of baggage -- like having 21+ years of accumulated marriage junk, a long history of being a supreme pack rat, etc. -- and you just aren't settled in your spirit yet to live a bit more simply, FlyLady will kick your butt big time.
Now, great as it was, FlyLady kicked my butt and kept taking jabs while I went down :o( I was not ready to confront my lifestyle of clutter when I started, and trust me, for me that just didn't work.
I have to deal with ME before I can really make any level of organizing and decluttering work for the long-term. I can rework that pantry and organize, inventory and basically make it sparkly and shiny but if I hav en't dealt with what brought it all to that mess and chaos in the first place, in a few weeks it's right back to the messy road it was on.
Take a look through that website and see some of the Squalor Survivor stories shared.
I have a room that looks like some of those shared -- that nemesis of mine called a closet! I mean, we aren't living with dirty diapers, garbage and food everywhere, but that isn't what squalor is necessarily. It can simply be having so much stuff lying about without a 'home' to put it that you are hindered in your day. I don't have a couch anymore -- what was the point when it always seemed to have laundry lying on it in various states of fold? Of course, I didn't deal with the reason for the piles of laundry (I was gathering too much at one time, instead of folding as I pulled it from the line, or hanging as I gathered it), so I ended up with a bed full of laundry.
Don't think Dewey would like me getting rid of the bed.
Tackle an area today in your home, no matter how small it may be. Work until you get it organized and of better use. Let those pictures at the Squalor Survivor site be your motivation and inspiration!