Last week I talked about the Cricket's. Did you find something helpful? They love having their things in a very specific way! If you haven't had the chance to take the quiz, you can take it HERE. If you want, reply to this email and let me know what type of bug you are!🦗🐝🦋🐞
Today, I'm going to talk about us Ladybugs.🐞 Same rules apply this week as it did to last week. You might not be a Ladybug, but you might know a Ladybug or even live with a Ladybug! You may even have some Ladybug qualities yourself! Understanding the differently ways people organize and view their stuff is actually quite helpful when it comes to understanding yourself!
Ladybugs are generally stressed out by surface clutter and like to keep their living space clean and clutter free. Usually, a Ladybug takes a lot of pride in having a clean and well decorated home.🙋♀️ The hidden areas of a Ladybug's home are a different story though! If you think of a real ladybug, they are pretty and shiny on the outside, but when they open their wings....well, it's a horror show under there!😂
You know you’re a ladybug if your surfaces are clean and tidy but your junk drawer is overflowing and you would be embarrassed if guests opened your closets.
When Ladybugs are doing a quick clean or tidy, they tend to shove and hide items out of sight, often without any rhyme or reason. Sometimes Ladybugs even hide and shove important papers and items in an attempt to achieve minimal visual distractions, but this can cause things to become lost and misplaced. Ringing any bells with anyone?
Despite their love of all things pretty and clutter-free, Ladybugs can struggle to use daily organizing systems that require time and effort. Traditional filing cabinets, containers with lids and really micro-organized systems are difficult for Ladybugs to use on a daily basis. Ladybugs need macro-organizing systems (aka quick and easy) and without a system in place, stuff can get shoved here, there and everywhere!
Ladybugs need to work on setting up systems inside drawers and closets that are just as quick and easy to use as it would be to shove and hide their belongings. Here are some tips that work just for Ladybugs🐞 :
Set aside 30 minutes a week (or even more often) and pick one area in your home to reorganize. Ladybugs can follow easy organizing systems, they just need to schedule time to make it a priority.
Use drawer dividers. Small, open containers keep "like" things together inside drawers. Be sure to not get too detailed in your sorted bins. Examples: Batteries, pens, tools, jewelry, makeup, tape, craft supplies etc. Using dividers or open containers means you can just open the drawer and easily toss the item in its home!
If it is hard to put away, you won’t. Make your storage solutions easily accessible and clearly labeled.
Use containers without lids inside drawers, closets and just about everywhere else! Pretty baskets are your best friend! Ladybugs love a pretty, clutter-free home. Using pretty baskets can keep your home looking pretty and uncluttered while giving you an easily accessible spot to store smaller items.
Use baskets for toys, newspapers, cookbooks, office supplies and so much more! Buying containers that all match and are the same color can give a Ladybug that minimal look, while providing that much needed fast organization.
Create zones for your stuff. Give all your items a home where you would just naturally put them. Make sure the “homes” are close to where you use them. Do you do homework and crafts at the kitchen table? Make sure your homework and craft supplies are located in the kitchen. Organizing into zones will ensure that cleaning up is fast and easy.
Purge unused things often. Set a time once a month to go through and donate some items you are not using anymore. Your closets will be so much easier to keep clean with less stuff in there!
Ladybugs can easily get caught up in their homes. Be sure to take time out of your day for family and friends. There is more to life than a clean and organized home…wait.. did I just say that?
Here's your assignment for the week! Tackle the junk drawer! Yep, I said it! The junk drawer! Empty everything out of the drawer. Purge first and put things in the garbage that you don't use and don't know what they are for. This included extra random cords for who knows what electronic device that you probably don't even own anymore! Remember the 20/20 Rule. If you can purchase it for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes, don't keep it! If you haven't used it in the last 6 months, you probably won't use it in the next 6 either. Once you have purged, put like things with like things. The Dollar store has great little containers you can purchase and keep things in one place. Paperclips, pens and pencils, sticky notes, screwdrivers, clips, batteries, tape... You get the point. If you use open containers, you won't need labels. If you do use containers with lids.... ALWAYS label them! You'll thank me later. 💖 You totally got this! Bonus points... take a picture before and one after! Send me the picture or even post if on social media and tag me! I can't wait to see your un-junked drawers! If you have someone who you think would find value in this information, please forward this to them or send them this LINK to sign up to receive my Monday Motivation emails! Thanks!!! I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise! Let's do this! Your Life Coach Robin P.S. Next week, we will discuss the Butterfly! 🦋 And yes, a butterfly and a Ladybug can co-exist! LOL P.P.S. You can do hard things! If you missed a Monday Motivation and want to read previous weeks, CLICK HERE.