Do you read Oprah’s magazine? I do. I count myself among the millions of Oprah fans and read her magazine cover to cover almost every month. One of my favorite articles is on the last page of every issue. This page has an editorial from Oprah in which she talks about a topic. Typically, the article uses this phrase “what I know for sure”.
I was thinking about this the other day. There are so many things right now that none of us knows “for sure” about the global pandemic. This corona virus has us all spinning in circles.
There is a lot of conflicting information flying about regarding the corona virus.
Earlier this spring we were told that the virus can attach itself to cardboard and other material. This had many people wiping down mail order deliveries and boxes of groceries from the store before bringing them inside.
Some of my friends have space in their home to quarantine these boxes, even after wiping them down, before bringing them in to the kitchen or living area. Click here for a news story telling us that the virus cannot attach itself to cardboard and the like. What’s a person to know for sure?
The news tells us how to stay safe. We are to wear a mask when we go out in public, to wear gloves and to wash our hands often. I have always known for sure that washing hands is a good idea. I did not know that the length of time is equal to the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”. We are told not to shake hands or to hug, or even to visit with our friends. Keep 6 feet apart whenever possible.
I understand and generally follow these safety rules. But how much longer are we going to be following these precautions? Does anyone know for sure?
I find all of this confusing. As I said before, it’s hard to know what to believe and who to trust. When I’m confused my thoughts become scattered. As a professional organizer, I know for sure that this can lead to disorganization.
When our thoughts are scattered, we lose track of what we’re doing and forget to follow through to put things away. That is how the piles start and the clutter accumulates. It is comforting to have solid routines and habits to support you in your home when the outside environment is disrupted.
What do I know for sure?
I started thinking about things that I know for sure. These are some of the habits which support me.
I keep my keys and my wallet in the zippered section of my handbag. Even when I switch bags, which I do often because I love handbags, there is always a zippered section. My keys and wallet never get misplaced because I always keep them in the same place.
At night when I’m ready to turn out my light and go to sleep, I take off my eyeglasses and put them on the table beside my bed. I know for sure where to find my eyeglasses in the morning. They will be right there, where I left them, on the table beside my bed.
My phone also serves as my alarm clock. I plug it in at night to charge it. My phone is also on the table beside my bed. I know for sure when I my phone alarm rings in the morning that my phone is charged and that it is right there on the table beside my bed.
When I go downstairs and let my dogs outside, I know for sure that my coffee mug is in the cupboard above my coffee pot in the kitchen. I don’t have to search around the kitchen for the correct cupboard to find a cup.
There is so much out of my control right now. It is reassuring and calming for me to be in control of my environment. I love knowing for sure how to find the things that support me and make my day run smoothly.
What do you know for sure? What can you count on in your immediate environment? Reach out to me if you would like some guidance in setting up a few comforting routines to follow.
Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. Diane teaches busy people how to become organized and provides them with strategies and solutions for maintaining order in their lives.