Organization is always a hot topic, particularly around the new year, but it means different things to different people. For some people, it’s about label makers and spices decanted into matching, alphabetized containers. These things look great on Pinterest and Instagram, but I’d argue that organization is mostly about having your stuff in a place you can find it when you need it. That way, you can take “an efficient and orderly approach to tasks,” per my dictionary.
Such organization can be physical (the kids’ shoes are all in the mudroom; the car keys are all in a little bowl) or time-based. Finding what you need when you need it can mean knowing exactly what you need to do to turn in a big project by 5 p.m. Friday, or how you might arrange to get one kid to a swim meet and another to wrestling when these events happen simultaneously. Systems make life run smoothly.
To help us discuss this topic, Sarah and I welcomed Lisa Woodruff to Best of Both Worlds today. Woodruff owns Organize 365, a firm that offers online courses on organization techniques.
Woodruff shared some tips and tricks, plus her own career journey. We talked about being very consistent with certain rules (kids’ shoes in the mudroom! Do I sound like a broken record about this?) and that it is a process. People need time to learn systems and to truly adopt them into their own lives.
So please give it a listen! In the comments, please share your favorite organization techniques (kids’ shoes in the mudroom…AND NO WHERE ELSE). Or you can answer today’s listener question: A woman expecting her first child asked for recommendations on pregnancy and parenting literature. Sarah and I noted the downsides of many books in these genres, and the limitations of such books. But…I know there are some good ones out there. So feel free to recommend them!