Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More than just menus!!

     Well ladies, I've decided to make this blog about more than just menus!  I recently started a part-time organizing business and wanted to include my experiences helping others get organized!!  The earliest recollection I have of being an "organizer" is from elementary school. Around fifth grade, I decided that my extensive collection of books needed to be organized. I put them in alphabetical order on the bookshelves and numbered each one so they had a specific space on the shelves where they belonged. As I moved into high school and college, I became the queen of lists. Even to this day, I have checklists for absolutely everything! As a young wife and mother, I realized that running a household was much harder than I had ever imagined. I created a "Mommy Notebook" that I have used for years, including calendars, schedules, important letters and flyers, even Biblical or other motivational passages to help keep me focused.

     Today, this need for structure and organization continues. My clothes in my closet are sorted by style and color. They all face the same direction on the same style hangers. My pantry is neatly organized by food type...breakfast foods, canned goods, staples, etc. The odd thing about all of these behaviors is that while getting these systems in place is very easy for me, maintaining them has often been a struggle for me. I have a natural tendency to become overwhelmed very easily. I have a short attention span and can quickly lose focus. I need structure and order in my life to keep me sane! When I was much younger, I can remember looking at other women who seemed to "have it all together" and wonder if I could ever be that way. Time and maturity have taught me a great deal about managing my life. For several years now I have felt compelled to help other women, who struggle like I often do, to become all that God has designed them to be.
     So what have I learned?  I've come to the conclusion that spiritual and mental clutter are often the causes of physical clutter.  And the more physical clutter in our lives, the more prone we are to spiritual and mental clutter.  It can often be a vicious cycle.  By learning to control the physical stuff, we can free ourselves to focus on our spiritual and mental health!!  My goal with "The Busy Mom" is to share my successes and failures in leading an organized life in hopes that other women will learn from my experiences.  Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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