Hey Red! I'm Tired.

(I recently discovered that "Talk to Me Tuesday" was being used elsewhere. Not wanting to confuse others, this series is now called "Hey Red!") My clients (family/friends/strangers) always ask for my advice and recommendations on much more than just organizing. And the way I’ve seen it, if one has a question, I’m sure many do. Here’s where I’ll share these tips and answers with you!

Hey Red! I'm Tired.

The other day, someone came to my blog using the keyword search "Stay organized when you're tired."

Answer:

This is one that can become a vicious cycle if you allow it. The visual of clutter wears us down physically and emotionally. When you're worn down and tired, you don't want to tackle what you need to, thereby creating more clutter. Then the clutter makes you more tired which...

You see where I'm going with this.

What you have to do is stop this in it's tracks.

When you're tired, think of removing clutter and staying organized in bite-size chunks. Like my tip that was recently published in a Shape Magazine article, commit to at least five minutes a day, every day.

  • Don't think of an entire room, think of a drawer.
  • Do the dishes after dinner.
  • Make the bed.
  • Hang your towels after you've showered.
  • Put the supplies away from a craft project.
  • Throw away expired foods from the fridge and freezer.
  • Clean off the coffee table.
  • Clean off the dining table and have a nice cup of tea there.
  • Clean off a chair and sit in it. (Bonus round: If the chair is uncomfortable then just get rid of it too.)

You get the picture. Choose one area, set a timer for 5 minutes and hit it. If you start to catch momentum and want to do more, have at it! If you don't, stop, luxuriate in the accomplishment and pick up in that place tomorrow. You'll soon feel yourself breaking the nasty cycle and being able to last for longer spurts of time.  You'll also, with time, have created the daily habit that makes it possible to stay organized for life.

What will you tackle today?

Do you have a burning question? Perhaps just a simmering one? Send it to heyred@melindamassie.com.