New Years Resolution 1 of 999,999

415OVYs0UYL._SL500_This year I am getting organized! And this year, unlike the last few years, I am really serious. I totally triple swear.

While I have never been a “Type A” person and have always led a life of total chaos behind the scenes, I have finally hit a breaking point. My girls are turning four next month and I have yet to put together a single photo album or memory book. I have everything from sonogram pictures to photos of their 3rd birthday party in the same box stashed in my closet. I have amassed piles of all of the cute clothing that they outgrew because I simply can’t let go of the memories.  And that is just their stuff — let’s not even begin to talk about mine.

The other day I stumbled upon the book One Year to an Organized Life which seemed heaven sent.   I have tried to organize in vain before but it seems that the piles always get bigger and the work is never done. The more I try — the worse it becomes.  I always wind up feeling defeated and run out of steam.  I did have someone help me with my closet last year but that was just a starting point. In a perfect world I would just love to always put my keys in the same place, have a streamlined file cabinet, and stop constantly looking for my cell phone in my bag… but most importantly, I want to have the memories of my girls growing put in order.

What I love about this book is that it is not a quick fix and actually has you doing projects over the course of a YEAR! It also asks a lot of emotional questions as to what you really need and why you hold on to things.  At times the writing can be maddeningly corny but it’s working wonders for me so far. I have purged myself of a ton of stuff and have started to get a system in place and it feels really good. Everything is starting to have a place. Even better, I also like the fact that I am setting a good example for my girls to streamline and live simply — at least that’s the goal.

-Dina

4 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Esther | February 15, 2010 | Reply

When you move house you really discover how much STUFF you have, especially when you have children!
The thing for me is, I don’t easily start getting rid of STUFF, but when I do, I do it well. And it feels SOOOO good!
The book sounds really good. I wonder though, is it like starting with going to the gym in January? Will you still be doing it in July??? ;-)

2. jenna | February 16, 2010 | Reply

I LOVE this piece of advice. You are me! I am getting this book tomorrow!!!!

3. Janet | February 24, 2010 | Reply

i’m stuck, just like you. my kids are 2 and 4 and i haven’t done a memory book or album for them. i don’t know where and how to begin. i have so many pics, keepsakes just piling up. thing is i can’t decide if i want to do an album and a memory book or just do a scrapbook for each combining the photos and memory notations. in the end, i do nothing! i’ll have to check out the book. thanks!

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