Load. Wash. Empty. Reload. It's like the circle of life....the dishwasher gets loaded. Cleaning commences. In a perfect world someone else unloads it....and the cycle starts over again. Load. Wash. Empty. Reload.
Yup. That's how it *should* roll (and you all know how much I dislike that word). In reality, does the dishwasher get loaded and unloaded routinely or does it all pile up until someone takes the initiative to do it?
Organizing systems are much like that - they can be in place, patiently waiting for us to use them (think hangers in the closet), and until we do they are useless. They also aren't a "one and done" kind of thing. To *be* organized, one must WORK to stay organized. I know, I know, it isn't what we want to hear. Just remember, 15 minutes a day can be the answer! Slow and steady wins the race.
Admit it. It feels so amazing to have that sink stay somewhat clean. It's also a big bonus when we don't run out of spoons... So whenever you just aren't sure you can muster the energy to keep up with the plan, remind yourself of the feeling you get when it's done.
Good luck! Feel free to reach out - sometimes what we are grappling with is what others are struggling with as well. You could be inspired, and you could inspire others! :)
Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who is a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals and Bemidji Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for organizing all things -- big or small!