Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July21_Organization

The Summer Picnic topic at ABC and 123 this week is Organization. I don’t consider myself an organized person. Then, again, maybe I have very high expectations of what it means to be organized since I married a very organized packrat. Before my marriage I dealt with clutter problem by trying to acquire as little of stuff as possible and by periodic purging of my belongings. Now our house is IKEA paradise with multiple storage solutions and a zillion of containers of every possible size. Also, when we bought our house, every closet came with Elfa organizers from Container Store. I would have never splurged on them, but I surely love them now. We try to keep Anna’s toys and art materials contained to a few areas of the house – her room and our family room that also doubles as an eat-in kitchen. I wrote a post about our attempts to organize our family room – we made good strides, but it’s still somewhat work in progress. I also wrote a post about simplicity in the playroom. Basically we try hard to keep amount of toys and other supplies at manageable levels and rotate them every so often.

I used to be well organized in time and planned a lot of things well in advance. Now I struggle to juggle a stressful full time job, an inquisitive toddler that is all over her mama the minute I come home, chores and my Internet addiction. Until lately our everyday activities and any learning were very much random, based on urgency and energy level of everyone involved. I still like to keep some of this spontaneity in our lives, and I don’t envision going to a “school-like” schedule any time soon. But lately I decided to have a little more preparation and to be more prepared for be more prepared for our afternoon hours together by deciding on a theme for a week in advance and preparing some activities for it. I wrote about it in my post Planning Process. This week is sort of a test – since we went to an ocean on Sunday, our art projects are centered somewhat around sea theme. It feels good not to scramble trying to decide what to do in the afternoon. In fact, I just wish there were more hours in a day (and more energy) to do everything that I want to do.

5 comments:

Susana said...

I am hoping to get some things from IKEA soon for storage. WOW, you are doing a great job of balancing everything--and managing to get so much done with your daughter too!! You are amazing--seriously!!

Jenny said...

Great tips. I have never been to an IKEA, but I bet it's so fun!

Diana said...

I love IKEA, too. I could seriously spend all day there... It sounds like you are doing a great job of trying to balance everything!

BranFlakes said...

Ok, I really need to spend some time (without) my kids in Ikea so that I can get some of these great organizing items.

Ticia said...

Aside from the awesomeness of their organizational supplies, it is also a great place to entertain your kids for a goo dlong time and thus get a real good nap out of them. My kids love to run from "house" to "house" and look at what's in there.