When Practical Becomes Your New Best Friend


So, here’s the truth, I do not have the most green thumb in the world and I have the dead plants to prove it! Many of the plants, flowers, trees and shrubs that I have planted have just not made it. Yes, I had the best of intentions. Every few years I try again. I buy beautiful pots, great soil and the prettiest little flowers. I’m diligent about watering them regularly and removing any old foliage that cluttered the plant or the base of the pot – well at least for the first month. But then life always seems to happen and the flowers, well, they just aren’t my highest priority anymore. I think, “It’s no big deal, I can get more” or “I’ll get to them tomorrow.” Typically, neither of those things ever happen. It’s the thought that counts, right? Wrong!

When it comes to flowers I had to be honest with myself: 1. As much as I love the look of flowers, it is definitely not my passion and 2. I live a lifestyle right now (two munchkins) that doesn’t really give me the leisure to tend to my flowers on a consistent basis. And guess what? That’s ok!

Organizing can be the exact same way. Maybe you can relate to this: You get pumped up, run out and buy the latest and greatest in organizing supplies and find not 90 days later: 1.You never quite finished your organizing project or 2. “Perfectly organized” takes a whole lot of time and you’d rather be doing something else?

I think the biggest misconception of organization is that we don’t treat it as a living and breathing system. It’s been said time and time again that organization is constant reorganization. Daunting isn’t it? Many of you might be thinking it’s time to just throw in the towel now, like I did with the flowers. The key though isn’t that you need to give up, but that you need to think realistic. Find a practical solution for your every day dilemmas.

My dilemma, I wanted flowers in my pots. Why? Because they make me smile! My solution, fake (but beautiful) flowers! For where I’m at in my life right now, this is a win-win. I get to see beautiful flowers at my front door, but also breath a sigh of relief that I won’t be able to kill them off in less than 30 days.

With the constant “inputs” we have in our lives getting and staying organized isn’t necessarily easy. This is where practical can become your new best friend.

How will you use practical and realistic ways to get and stay organized?

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