Kelly and Katie McMenamin are two sisters who run a New York based home and life organization service called Pixies Did It. Their philosophy: life should be easy, and if your home is not organized around your own habits and personality, it won’t run smoothly. Here, Katie talks about how she found an organizational system that works for her:
“I’ve spent much of my life envying people who seem to have it together organized, always on time, cautious, well dressed (and without cat hair, lint, dandruff, etc. upon their clothes) The kind of people who have no problem working first and playing later.
As much as I have tried, (watching television WHILE I write this, for instance) stray hairs are upon my clothes (which are, nonetheless, comfortable & stylish) and no matter how hard I try, I have never been able to be the strictly organized, on time, work before play person I have so much envied.
Turns out, those super ‘together’ people I’ve been jealous of were born with innate abilities for discipline & order. It comes EASY to them because if they don’t do these things, they get anxious, and annoyed. Life becomes hard. These people (my sister, for instance) are uncomfortable being messy, they aren’t happy unless they are crossing things off their lists, making sure their outfits are put together, the world around them ordered, filed away, clean. It’s simply who they are.
Not me. When it comes to being organized and together, I’m usually described as lazy, disorganized, forgetful, spacey, etc. And it’s mostly true. But I’m also mostly organized, usually on time, careful, stylish, and have an innate ability to finish projects at the last minute with great results. What I’ve found, and what others discovered long before I was born Jung, Meyers, Briggs, Benzinger, Kiersey, Bates, Native American Mythology is that, um, people are just born different.
We all have different personalities and preferences, and when we learn what they are and to follow and accept them, we can then put aside our preconceptions of that organized, prompt, careful, well dressed example of perfection, and become a realistic version of being organized and ‘together’ that works for us.
Yes, I like to have the TV on when I do my ‘homework.’ Yes, I usually do it after my kids are in bed and not in the early morning when my sister is hard at work and I’m often still sleeping. Yes, I don’t know where EVERYTHING is in my house, and I could stand to go through my closet again. But I know where all my important papers are, I have a list of essential numbers printed and taped to the inside of my kitchen cupboards, and I’m living the busiest time in my life (two kids under five, starting a new business, pursuing a writing career). It’s a very busy, very full, and very enjoyable life. And when I’m being myself, it’s easy.
So. When it comes to finding organization solutions for your home and your life, implement systems that work for you even if unconventional. If writing things on your hand helps you to remember things… so be it! My sister saw a certain Richard Branson on CNBC the other day and he had a reminder on his hand. Know and accept who you are. (The real you, not the one you envy.) If you do, you’ll find the solutions come easier to you. It’s not magic, but when it’s done right, your life will sparkle with Pixie magic. Trust us. Life should be easy.”