Do you feel like you need a fairy godmother or some magic powers in order to get your house organized? Most of us do – especially if we live with other people. While we may feel like we live with Hansel and Gretel who are always making messes, wouldn’t it be nice if we could get as organized as some of our other favorite storybook characters? We can if we learn their tips on how to get organized.
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How did Cinderella Get it All Done?
At first glance, it seems like Cinderella is a queen at organizing. After all, she single-handedly keeps the castle clean, waits hand and foot on her stepmother and stepsisters, she cooks, she sews her own clothes – the girl is a marvel!
Most of us have things in common with Cinderella. You’ve probably had an unreasonable boss (like her step-mother) who demanded the impossible and expected miracles. You might even have a spouse or children who are like her step-sisters and who are totally not helpful and even create extra work for you (however, you might want to consider a bit of retraining if this is your situation – just sayin’).
Lots of us share commonalities with Cinderella and have too much to do and too little time to get it done. But unlike Cinderella, most of us are not whistling, smiling, and singing our way through our To Do list. Instead, we’re exhausted and grumpy and wondering why we can’t seem to juggle it all.
If only we were more like Cinderella!
But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that Cinderella doesn’t have it all together either. I’m not knocking Cinderella. In fact, Cinderella happens to be one of my favorite storybook characters. But let’s get real for a minute – Cinderella had help. She didn’t do it all by herself. She had systems in place and she had helpers who knew what do to.
Remember the birds and mice? She whistled and they arrived to help make the bed. They did all kinds of things to make her life easier including finishing the sewing on her original dress for the ball. They even rescued her when she was locked in her room and about to miss reclaiming her glass slipper!
How many of us have a support system like that?
And let’s not forget the most important thing of all – She had a fairy godmother (I’ve always wanted one of those!).
Where many of us differ from Cinderella is in our willingness to ask for – and accept – help with the daily chores. I’ve known women who complained that their husbands never load the dishwasher and then turn right around and admit that he “doesn’t do it right”.
Well, gee! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that people aren’t going to help when their efforts are criticized.
There is nothing wrong with expecting family members to do their share. Teach them how to do chores (if they’re children, of course – hubby might not appreciate it!) , and then don’t follow behind them criticizing everything they do, or worse, redoing it because it doesn’t meet your standards.
Will there be times when you could do it better? Absolutely!
The question then becomes this:
Do you want help or do you want it done your way?
They’re two different things and you’ve got to decide which is more important (I know which one I chose).
Cinderella was smart. She knew that enlisting help was the only way to get things done.
Cinderella’s tips to getting organized: It’s okay to ask for help
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