I don't normally write a lot on my son, but this week I'm inspired, so what the heck! I bet that I am like a lot of moms at the end of the day. So, when school began this past fall, David would come home and his book bag, coat and shoes hit the floor by the front door and he goes running. I was a bit more understanding when he was in kindergarten, but now that he is a "big" first grader, this is just unacceptable.
So, I sat him down and had a heart to heart. Yes, he knew where his things belonged. Yes, he understands that his stuff on the floor looks bad and more importantly, it is dangerous where it ends up. Yes, he knows where his stool is to reach the bar… that is when he admitted the problem.
"It takes too long Mom!" Now, I remember that to a kid a few seconds can seem like a long time, so I humor him a bit. Turned out, he did not like wrangling the stool out to hang up his coat. Now I could have lectured him, but I decided to pick my battles and find a different way.
I took a regular wreath hook – the kind that you hang over a door to hang a wreath – and turned it upside down (see picture above.) I showed him his "special David only" hook and he was thrilled.
Now, the coat is always hung up because it is right at his level. His shoes are in the cubbie (at his level) right by the coat and the book-bag is on the floor next to the cubbies. I no longer have any issues with things going where they belong.
What Organizing Rule Does This Fit?
The more steps it takes to do something, the less likely we are to do it. This rule applies to most everyone. If you have a system that you set up and it just is not working for you, check to see how many steps you have put into the system. See if there is a way to make it simple. Get rid of the steps that are not absolutely necessary and I bet you will find that you start using that great system you developed.
Believing in you,