But it's not. I'm a failed Virgo. I love to think about organization, but I'm not so good at the follow-through. It seems virtually impossible for me to finish an organization project at home. I get really really really close, and then I lose interest. Need proof? Come on over and check out my halfway organized gift wrap. My kinda-sorta organized craft supplies. My loosely arranged pantry. My mostly empty shoe organization boxes. The list could go on and on.
Even with all my failures, however, I still spend a lot of time thinking about organization systems. You could even describe me as a weirdo who has thinking about organization as a hobby. I could put a bookshelf over there. Some cubbies would be awesome here. What I really need is a binder to corral all of this stuff (self-disclosure... I may or may not have a binder problem). That's what goes on in my head when I have downtime alone. Riveting, I know.
I allow myself to traipse along those mental passages for a while, and then I tend to go to the other extreme: screw it - get rid of everything! The mood switch usually happens because organizing is messy business. You have to drag everything out before you can put it all away. And in the midst of the dragging everything out, this is what happens to me:
The health downsides of being grumpy while sitting on the couch and eating Doritos aside, there's actual real evidence that having an organized home is good for you. An organized home aids in relaxation. It reduces stress. You'll save money. You'll be more productive. You'll have more quality family time. You'll sip French press coffee instead of Mountain Dew. You'll munch on acai berries instead of Slim Jims. You'll do yoga instead of making a butt groove in your couch.
My mom just bought a new house with a big, easily accessible basement, an amazing blank slate full of organization possibilities. Bonus for me, my mom is going to let me store my craft and party supplies there. Because I want to know what I have and where everything is at all times (you never know when you need to throw a party!), I had to come up with an organizational system. I hit the jackpot with an app that I LOVE. Sortly, will you be mine?
Imma gonna need to show you how cool this is. I've packed 6 Bankers Boxes worth of stuff to take to my mom's. See Exhibit 1.
The fact that I had so much fun counting and taking pictures of paper plates is proof in the pudding that I'm a Virgo. Or, maybe that I'm crazy. Or, maybe that I'm a paper plate hoarder. (If anyone wants to stage an intervention, please let me know the color scheme in advance and bring hors d'oeuvres.)
Sortly and I have great plans for our future together. It just feels so good when stars align. I wonder what I need to organize first...