Monday, September 10, 2012
the fix-it pile
I wish I were the latter. Sadly, items that break are the downfall to my mostly organized and clutter-free style of living. I will wear pants for months without a button, while said button rests on my nightstand, taunting me about my lack of motivation to sew it back on.
Mason's entering a destructive phase, and the pile of broken items has grown. To avoid losing my mind and my house being overrun with bits and pieces of items stuffed here and there, I've devised a new strategy:
1. Decide of the item is worth fixing and keeping or if it should just be thrown out immediately.
2. If it's worth keeping, I will place the item and all its parts in the "fix-it pile", located on the kitchen counter where I can't ignore or forget it.
3. Make fixing the item a priority on my to-do list. (Yes, I'm still a slave to the to-do list, even as a SAHM.)
4. Everything in the fix-it pile must be repaired by Friday of each week, or the items get thrown out on the weekend. No exceptions.
My fix-it pile this week consisted of a broken refrigerator magnet (Mason's fault), a page ripped out of a book (Mason's fault), and a button that popped off of my shorts (my fault). Once I made myself sit down and do it, I only spent about five minutes repairing all three items.
Motivation is 90% of the battle sometimes.