Thursday, January 05, 2012

Why I'm Terrified

The professional organizer is coming over on Tuesday.  I'm scared out of my wits about it.  I can't just get the living room, kitchen and bathroom "reasonably" tidy and call it quits.  She's going to see THE WHOLE HOUSE.

Per my request, we are starting on my bedroom.  This is for two main reasons.  1) The bedroom becomes the dumping ground when I'm cleaning in a hurry and/or to keep things away from the kids.  2) Because I think it should be an example to the kids and a sanctuary for me.  How can I tell the kids to clean their rooms when mine isn't?  And how can I get mad if they don't obey me?

I have to lead by example.  So that's where we'll start.

My professional organizer, let's call her "V," has given me a couple of assignments.  The first is to take everything out of my bedroom that doesn't belong there and stick it, whatever it is, in the room it should be in.  The second is to take pictures of every wall and detailed pictures of the closet.  Third, I'm to empty some of those big plastic bins, you know, the kind with lids.  I use those to hold my clean laundry before it's folded and put away.  Well I have to empty at least three of them to help in the sorting process.  So I'm doing laundry like crazy.

I've warned her that I may start bawling when she comes over.  She thinks that it's because I'll have a hard time letting go of things.  It's not.  (Well, I may have a hard time, but that's not my primary concern.)  It's because I'm deeply embarrassed to have someone see how I really live.


Jeanie said...

I want to thank you for this post! I think your experience is going to help me get a little better organized as well. I know I REALLY need it! I'm great at making piles EVERYWHERE and not putting things away. Clutter all over the place. So please keep posting! You're not alone with this fear of having people see how you really live!

Unknown said...

As always I love this post. I just did this same thing for my sister a few weeks back and I am here to tell you that you are going to feel so good when it's done. Hopefully she will give you assignments to help you keep up with it.

I totally want to be a professional organizer. I would never ever dream of judging you for your weakness when I have so many of my own.

Way to be open and way to get support when you need it.

Proud of you girl.

Kari said...

You will have to share some tips. Some days I swear I'm at the end of my rope. And me too, my bedroom is the worst. And I still make my kids clean their room. And I've been waiting for it, but they never say anything about my room. I tell them I am only one person, I can help them or clean my room. Or I can help them. They ALWAYS want me to help them. ...sigh... I need a vacation from my house.

zippy said...

Jenna, I LOVE you (and miss you)!! Thank you for sharing your life experiences with such honesty. Thank you for sharing what assignments you've been given--great tips that we can all use. If i had only myself to look after and keep organized, I'd have no issues but keeping after our family and all the clutter that builds throughout the week makes things quite difficult and I often feel like I'm just barely keeping up. I am looking forward to updates on your progress (and hope to become better organized right along with you). Hugs!