It would seem that a major reason I avoid certain tasks is that I feel like they're hopeless, so it feels like I've failed before I even begin, which all just seems like evidence of some sort of a moral failing on my part.
Of course, when I step back and look at it objectively, that's all just pure nonsense. Do I really believe that I would be a "better person" if I could just find a way to more effectively beat myself into submission?
NicolaB's comments about clutter and organization really struck a chord. It seems like if I could just find a better system, then certain tasks would feel less onerous. But my frustration is that my organizational systems just never seem to "stick."
But perhaps I'm just being unrealistic about the longevity of such systems. After all, life changes with great frequency and regularity, so perhaps my systems need to be able to change with it.
So maybe... just maybe the fact that my systems stop working items isn't evidence that I'm a horrible person, maybe it just means that my life has evolved and my systems need to evolve with it!
So... when I really stop to think about it. What I hate about doing the dishes isn't doing the dishes per se, it's unloading the dishwasher. For some reason it is just THE most HATED of all kitchen chores.
But maybe I just need to find a better system for doing it. So this morning I opened the kitchen cabinets to start putting things away and I was greeted with this:
Let me be clear. This is how it looked BEFORE I tried to put anything away. How on earth am I supposed to cram an entire load of dishes into this already over-stuffed cabinet? No wonder I hate this job so much!
So... I decided that I was gonna do some culling and re-organizing. I pulled everything out of the cabinet & dishwasher to set it all out on the table... only problem was that it wouldn't all fit on the table!
Oy Vay! Even Smoky agreed that there was WAY too much stuff!
So I went through it all and decided I'd just pull out the things that I never use and start there.
First up... the cardboard canisters:
These used to be sacredly important when I shopped at the bulk foods bins... but I really don't do that much anymore. Mostly this is because my diet has changed over the years and I now eat way more veggies and much less in the way of grains, flours and legumes. Honestly - these haven't been used in years, so out they go!
Next we have the sacred plastic garbage category:
I don't know why I insist on saving this kind of thing - it practically never gets used. I just always think that I might "need" it. Oy Vay! I put a few of the tubs out in the garage to use for gardening and painting chores, but the rest found a home in the recycling or garbage. Yay!!!
Next up: Plastic water bottles
These don't really get used anymore since I switched to stainless steel. I'll probably keep at least one of them since it's nice to bring two bottles along in the summer when it's really hot outside, but they certainly don't need to be occupying prime kitchen cabinet space.
Now we have the old "it seemed like such a good idea at the time" category:
|Individual Souffle dishes|
I'm not really sure these items have ever been used more than once or twice. The cheese grater is a massive pain to use - I vastly prefer the flat hand held variety.
And the souffle dishes... well, to be honest I've never even eaten souffle let alone made it! I actually bought these because they were pretty and I thought they'd make good cat food dishes. But they're way too deep and square for that use, and they're really just taking up space. To the thrift store with them!
Now there's the "old and in the way" category:
This stuff is all just the wrong size and/or has long ago been replaced with something that works better so it can just go away.
And finally we have my nemesis... the storage containers!
There are actually about 3 times that number of jars... but I do use them regularly, but not so much as I did when Sputty was sick and I needed to store lots of partially eaten cans of cat food and other concoctions.
The other stuff all gets used, but it's sort of a seasonal thing. In the fall those Pyrex and Corning wear containers are all filled with garden produce and frozen. But this time of year there's just no place to put them! So I certainly want to keep them... but they don't all need to be occupying prime space, especially since the only ones I use for day to day stuff are the clear glass ones.
So... when the culling was over, here's the box of stuff that is going to find a new home - either by being given away, tossed, or stored in my basement for seasonal use:
And here's how my kitchen cabinet looks now... and this is AFTER emptying the dishwasher!
There's still probably more in there than is absolutely necessary. But it's a vast improvement over what it was, and perhaps I won't dread the job of unloading the dishwasher quite so much now.
So tell me. How often do you find that you need to come up with new systems and re-organize things? Is it a constantly evolving thing for you or do you wait until it becomes a disaster like I do? I'd love to hear how other people approach this sort of thing.