Mission Organization: Week 52 - Keep a Sense of Humor

"Where do I start?"

That was the first thought I remember having when I began the Mission Organization 52 Week Challenge for 2012.

I didn't have to look far for something to do because it was right after the Christmas holiday, and it was time to take down the tree and deal with all the ornaments and decor. It just seemed to make sense that my first project would be organizing and labeling the Christmas decor for storage. After that first week, there seemed to be no end to the number of household projects needing attention.

Now, after an entire year of weekly projects in addition to the regular cleaning routines, one would think that there would be very little organizing left to do at my house. Oh, if only that were so. Even with all my projects and good intentions, I have not yet achieved that perfectly clean, uncluttered, serene household that I so longingly have desired.

In view of all my household missions for this year, my son found a cartoon that he thought applied to my efforts to get "in control of everything" at home. I have to agree, some days I have just wanted to take this route! Fortunately, this talented cartoonist can put those frustrations on paper and make me laugh at myself.

My son has always been a reminder to me to keep a sense of humor. When he was very young, he loved to read joke books, and he would remember the jokes and retell them to me with delight. Now that he's older and away from home, sometimes I'll get a call during his commute to work. He often has a funny story to share about something he has read, heard on NPR, or just observed. I think the cartoon that he sent me about home organization is a good reminder that the home organization process should not take control over our lives. Organization is a tool that should make our lives easier. Taking the housework too seriously can be stressful for the whole family. One thing I noted during my year of organizing is that you can't organize other people. If the success of a project is dependent upon someone else's cooperation, then it just might fail.

My best advice after spending a year diligently working on home organization: declutter to make cleaning easier, set cleaning routines that fit your lifestyle and work for your family, utilize quality tools and cleaning supplies, and keep a sense of humor because things won't always be perfect.

I hope my Mission Organization for 2012 has been helpful to someone. Weeks 1 - 52 are indexed in the Thoughts and Mission Organization Page on the header bar above.

After looking back at the year, I realized that one of my favorite organizational projects of all is not even a part of Mission Organization. One of the most helpful projects that I have done has been to organize a spice drawer in my kitchen.

My solution for dealing with the many spice jars was to organize them into small baskets in a drawer. With the jars lying in the baskets, I can see the labels clearly. Before I put them in the drawer, I would spend too much time searching through the cabinet for the jar that I needed. This saves me time and looks so much neater than the jumble of jars I had in the upper cabinet.

It's now that time of year that many folks make some resolutions for the coming new year. Is one of yours to get your household organized? If so, good luck to you and happy organizing in 2013!


  1. Anita,
    Your Mission Organization posts have not only helped you but I'm sure many readers like myself have benefited from your all your hard work throughout this past year. Thanks for all the wonderful tips, recipes and laughs you shared and may 2013 bring great times and good health to you and your loved ones!

  2. I like your spice basket idea. I did something similar buy putting my most commonly used spices in one basket up front, this was a great help! Happy New Year Anita, wishing you all the best in 2013-enjoy:@)

  3. I wish I had a drawer that I could use for this - I have very limited drawer space so it's not an option. I do have mine in a pull out organizer I bought for that but it's overloaded. :) blessings, marlene

  4. I love the cartoon, Anita! I think way too many of us can relate to that one. Needless to say, I've enjoyed your tips and seeing how you've made them a practical part of your household. The spice drawer is a really great idea. We have tons of spices in various size containers, and it seems we are always moving them around to find the right arrangement for them. That's what you get for having a small kitchen like ours because there isn't enough drawer space for your idea. Maybe one day we'll get clever to find a space that really works.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Now that I'm back, I'll be able to visit you more regularly too. Happy New Year. Wishing you and your family a very wonderful 2013.

  5. Hello Anita! I have kept my spices like this for years. I love it, so easy and handy!
    Happy New Year!

  6. I have for over 50 years had my spices on a all rack. I used baby food jars to store my spices as the heights varied from tins to jars.This way they were all the same size.I was laughed at because they were also in alphabetical order.But it kept them fresh easy to spot and a quick glance told me what to restock.