I have a problem with keeping my home clean. (see photo at right) No, that's not entirely true. I have a BIG problem with keeping my home even the slightest bit organized. So as of now, and you are all my witnesses to this statement, I am going to take baby steps toward organization and de-cluttering. (Thank you Flylady!) I am going to use my own adaptation of the system recommended by Marla Cilley in her book Sink Reflections and just do it! And, to keep myself accountable, I will post about how it's all going.
My first realization about myself and my home-making, is that I want to do everything PERFECTLY, and if it's not going to be PERFECT in the time I have to do it, I just don't start. So I have started keeping a little notebook with me, and jotting down all the things that I accomplish during the day. In the past, I felt that if I wasn't cleaning, I wasn't doing anything, and instead spent a lot of energy beating myself up. Well, I'm awfully busy with a full-time job, three kids with extra-curricular activities and a husband who also has a life and a schedule, not to mention trying to stay fit and do my part to help out in the world.
Writing down things like:
- spent 35 minutes making menu for the week and a shopping list
- 1 hr buying groceries
- load of laundry
- knit 2" of sock
That said, my home has far to go to be running the way I want it to, and I think that this blog will help hold me accountable for sticking to the "baby steps." I want a welcoming home that I can have guests into, and a system for keeping my family on track for less chaotic mornings and evening. Wish me luck!
My "To Do" list tonight:
- Spend 15 minutes rescuing that room in the photo
- Spend 15 minutes rescuing my kitchen/shining my sink
- Wash/dry and lay out school uniforms for kids and an outfit for myself
- Watch "The Devil Wears Prada" on Pay per View and finish my January Socktopia sock!