Disclaimer: I found this book at the local thrift store. I have no idea where it can be purchased brand new. The author came up with the steps and categories. I am just trying to learn something from her work.

As I have said before, I am a terrible packrat. We are going on 16 months in our new home and I am still unpacking. The garage we were renting has been emptied. However, the storage unit I have been renting for more than 7 years is still half full. Sigh…

Organization has never been my strong suit. Growing up, my family was constantly moving. We never bothered to unpack everything because we knew it would all have to be repacked again in less than 2 years. This mindset lead to a collection of every random piece of junk imaginable being gathered during the course of my youth.

I am embarrassed and feel like a slob. This is not easy for me to admit to.

During a trip to my favorite thrift store, I found a used book. Organize Now! A week-by-week guide to simplify your space and your life by Jennifer Ford Berry.

This book is a 56 week long journey to help get organized and make life a little easier. As of right now, I am on week 9. This is not easy. These first few weeks have been slow. Keeping notes the old fashioned way of pen & paper has always worked best for me. This holds true with this project. I take daily notes, following the outline of each step I am on in this book. Everything is kept in a 3-ring binder and I review it frequently.

These first 9 weeks have lead to yet another trip to the thrift store to drop off more items, my paper shredder almost overheated twice, and my recycling bins have been at max capacity. The girls are asking why mom is throwing everything away.

Week 4: Organize your chores.

This is the most difficult week so far and has yielded ZERO progress. This week requires the entire family to join forces and pitch-in with household chores. Ummm….obviously this author has not met my children or husband. A- swears she is deathly allergic to chores, D- cries about her chores and claims we are abusing her, Q- is only 3 years old. This means she is very limited and most of her “helping” only makes the mess worse. As for J- he is an overgrown child and reverts to his life long belief. As he has told me on numerous occasions, “I had a normal childhood growing up. My mom did all of the chores for me.” Please tell me how this is normal? And what does this have to do with being a thirty-something year old grown adult?

This does feel like a journey for me. Each week is something different. These first few weeks all look like small changes, however, they do make an impact. Many of the ideas are brand new to me. Some of them are similar to ideas I have already tried. Overall, this is a work in progress and I am slowly seeing small steps towards getting better organized.

The author breaks down some tasks into “Every 3-6 Months”. The end of May will be the 3 month mark. I am actually looking forward to this challenge. I think it will go well, just not perfect.