Growing up my brother loved the movie, “Christmas Story”. For most of December and all day on Christmas, that movie was blaring from our TV. So it’s no wonder I remember clearly the part of the movie where Ralphie had to sit with soap in his mouth for using a dirty word (obviously a common occurrence by his rundown of soap tastes). And it wasn’t just any dirty word, but *THE* dirty word!
If you’re like me, you probably remember getting in trouble for using “bad” language when you were younger; interestingly, that punishment didn’t affect us too much as some of us still continue to have a colorful vocabulary! But I’ve discovered that dirty words aren’t limited to just cuss words that require bleeping sounds.
After years of helping people get organized, I’ve learned that there are several dirty words that really hurt my ears to hear. While I don’t advocate the use of this objectionable language, I think people need to be aware that these words are out there. Most of all, we need to encourage others from saying them, especially in front of the children!
Want to know what they are?
The 5 Dirty Words of Organizing
Here, in no particular order, are what I consider the most offensive and foul words in the realm of organizing:
- Someday. People are always saying, “I’m going to get organized…someday” – but rarely does someday ever come. That’s because Someday isn’t a day of the week! Stop waiting on someday and start acting now.
- Later. We often say, “I’ll do that later” but later we find something else better to do. So that pile of laundry that needs to be folded, that stack of papers that need to be filed, or those clothes that need to be hung up never gets done and clutter accumulates. Later is not your friend.
- Just in case. When we hold on to things, “just in case”, we’re allowing fear to dictate our decisions and keep us enslaved to our clutter. None of us knows what tomorrow brings, so keeping stuff just in case won’t necessarily help us in that moment.
- I don’t know. Uncertainty and postponed decisions breeds clutter. When we aren’t sure if we should keep a piece of paper or are uncertain of where to store it, we allow clutter to creep in. Don’t let a lack of knowledge keep you bogged down in chaos! Read books, browse blogs, or watch YouTube videos and learn how to get organized. If nothing else, just Google it!
- I can’t. Saying “I can’t” is not a true statement. We can all do something, even if it’s a little thing. What we really mean when we say “I can’t” is that we don’t want to. We don’t want to put in the time, effort or energy it will require for us to get organized. And if that’s truly how you feel, that’s okay. But don’t say you can’t because you can do anything you put your mind to!
So there you have it, the 5 dirty words of getting organized. Perhaps you didn’t realize you were using such foul language – that’s okay, we all make mistakes! The important thing is that you’re aware of your vocabulary and make every effort to stop using these 5 dirty words today.
Your home and your mouth will thank you for it!
Have any of these 5 dirty words ever crossed your lips? What steps can you take to stop using them?
Can you think of any others I might need to add to the list?
Leave a comment and let me know!