Each month has suggested habits to develop (on the theory that repeating an action for 21 consecutive days turns it into a habit). Regina Leeds advises readers to choose one or two of the following actions for this month:
- Wash dishes rather than leave them languishing in the sink.
- Put your clean dishes away immediately.
- If you use a dishwasher, unload it when its cycle is complete.
- Wipe off the counters after each use.
- Once a day, take out the garbage.
January focuses on getting to the heart of why we are disorganized..."Why Am I Like This?" Leeds' introduction begins by saying she knows me..."You engage in a near constant quest for your house keys. Invitations, personal notes, and letters are lost in a sea of paper debris...You never use a calendar because you store your schedule in your head...Your home is not your castle; it's your prison. Guilt is your frequent companion..." and so on. This is all way more dramatic than I feel about my life; however, we have vast room for improvement in terms of getting our lives organized. Furthermore, I would love to organize my work life as well.
The major reasons I want to get my life and house organized follow:
- I want to know where everything is.
- I want to avoid buying more of something that we already have (but cannot find).
- I want to feel more at peace in my home.
- I want to not be embarassed when visitors show up unannounced.
- I want to vastly reduce our amount of possessions, and specifically, clutter.
- I want to teach my children to clean up after themselves on a regular basis (and model that for them as well) and foster more independence.