Time For Family And Friends

January 29, 2010 by

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Connect More with Family and Friends

Today, I am linking up with Mandi at Organizing Your Way as part of her series 31 Days Of Organizing For A Better 2010.  She is blogging about connecting with family and friends.  Here at Overcoming Busy, we’ll be talking about how organizing is good, as long as it doesn’t turn into more “busy” work that keeps you away from those most important to you.

I love having an organized home and well planned out schedule. Although that’s not how it is always!  Most of us would agree that having those things makes life much easier and more enjoyable.  Living in clutter free homes calms everyone down, makes the stuff you actually need easier to find and just makes your home more attractive.  When you know how is supposed to be where and when, you can figure out the best times for family activities and determine if your schedule is just too full.

We all work hard every day to achieve at least some sort of order in our homes.  But, have you ever been knee deep in a closet full of stuff that you are trying to organize and thought “Now, why am I doing this?” There can be times that we get so caught up in the organizing and planning that we are suddenly organizing and planning for the sake of organizing and planning!  We can spend all our time cleaning and scheduling and completely ignore our family and friends.  We can become a slave to our schedules and our routines.  A clean, orderly home means nothing if you have no one to share it with.

From time to time, it’s a good idea to stand back for a second and gain a little perspective.  You might want to answer these questions.  Why do I want to be organized?  Why do I want a clean home?  Why do I not want a jam packed schedule? For our family, the answers revolve around our family and friends.

I want an organized home to help our lives peaceful. A cluttered house where no one can find anything, leads to chaos for everyone.  It’s hard to relax when your vision is clouded with stuff.

I want a clean home so that we can feel good about sharing it with friends.

I don’t want our family to be a slave to ultimately meaningless activity. So many families meet themselves coming and going with little time for family interaction.  I don’t want to be one of those families.  I want our kids to fondly remember time with our family.  I want to shape and mold our children, not the coach or teacher of the month.

Those answers keep me inspired and motivated.  What are your answers?

Comments (4)

 

  1. [...] Marci at Overcoming Busy is talking about evaluating why you want to have an organized home and schedule. Do the time you spend organizing and cleaning reflect your priorities? Whether you struggle to get [...]

  2. I agree that feeling organized definitely encourages more interaction with family and friends for me. I’m much more likely to take someone up on a chance to get together or put out the invitation myself when things at home are settled. I find scheduling in advance works best for me. While it might be harder to be spontaneous, scheduling and planning allows me to have that time together and nurture those relationships.

  3. That is so good. A clean house makes me more productive in all areas. Being able to have folks over all the time is also a big perk.

    My kids do better when it’s not cluttered and chaotic as well!

  4. [...] Marci at Overcoming Busy is talking about evaluating why you want to have an organized home and schedule. Do the time you spend organizing and cleaning reflect your priorities? Whether you struggle to get [...]

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