I love organization. I love things to be in neat piles and tidy rows. And, if things can be color coordinated, well, that’s even better. I always find myself straightening things and lining things up.
Obesessive compulsive? Maybe.
But, what can I say, it’s how I was raised. As a kid, I remember my mom and I cleaning out the basement, the garage, drawers, closets, kitchen cabinets and more. When I moved out on my own, the desire to keep things neat and purge the things I didn’t need continued. In fact, a few weeks ago, I found myself in the middle of a clean out. It started with just rearranging a few things in my basement and it quickly turned into a full-scale basement reorganization. About an hour in, I looked around my basement only to see what used to be a somewhat organized room, turn to complete disarray. Nothing was where it once was. There were piles of things to be thrown away; other piles of things to be sold; and still more piles of things that I couldn’t decide what to do with. In the midst of the mess, I wanted to run away or put everything back where I started and forget about it all. But, instead, I pushed on. I sorted, purged, reorganized, labeled, stacked, and packed. And the end result was a completely organized room with much less clutter than before. It was functional and everything was in a place that made it easily accessible. The moral of the story is that sometimes in order to get a really great end result, you need to make a big mess. In the middle of my project, my basement was messier than it was when I started, but I had to muddle through the mess to end up with my neat organized space.
Just like my basement project; as educators we often have to create a mess on the way to big change. Currently my staff is being challenged to redesign elementary education. At this moment we are in the messy stage.
We must push forward and keep working through the mess.
We must resist the urge to put things back where they once were just so we don’t have to deal with the chaos.
We must be willing to muddle through the mess so that we can come away with something that is better than we could have ever imagined.
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.