So… while I love being organized, and even love the act of organizing things, I have no idea how to get started when my entire house is completely unorganized. Remember when I said to ask me if I regret leaving all of my housework for when I was a stay at home mom? WELL I DO! Shocker.
I don’t even know where to get started! Every single room needs uncluttered, reorganized, and purged. And I need to find a way to do that while my three kids are tearing apart my progress. I have made a list for every room in my house of what I want to get done. A very detailed list. I was thinking that would help me start to tackle this. Well, instead of helping me, I now have what is more like a BOOK staring me in the face, as a daily reminder of what I did not get done.
Any other moms out there want to be superwoman? I mean, most of you probably actually are… I personally know some of you superwoman moms that have me in complete awe of all you manage to accomplish. But it turns out I haven’t figured out how to be a super hero yet. So I have decided to accept that it isn’t going to be quite as easy as I had imagined to get my house where I want it to be. I am expecting too much out of myself, and because of that I end up doing nothing. I have to feed the kids breakfast, get schooling done with Charlie, drive Rienn to preschool two times a week, make sure Sawyer is not getting into the garbage, or eating random things she finds all over the house, or climbing on top of dangerously tall objects (she alone is a full-time job, so adventurous she is,) feed the kids lunch, make it to any activities we may have going on with our co-op, try to have play dates every now and again, try to keep up on laundry and dishes, keep the kids from killing each other, make sure the kids get bathed, make sure at least every once in a while I get bathed…. you know, just normal every day things. On top of all the regular things, I am expecting myself to go from cooking very rarely, to 5 times a week. I am expecting myself to get my house in tip-top shape after letting it get slightly out of control during remodeling and knowing I was going to be jobless and have ‘so much time.’ Honestly… I sort of was just expecting myself to turn into some magical housewife over night. Like, hello, I am a stay at home mom now… why haven’t the magical powers set in yet?
So now I need to find a more practical, reasonable way to get my house where I want it. According to my husband, selling the house and starting over isn’t practical, and according to my mom, throwing all our things away isn’t reasonable. So thanks to those two, I am stuck actually making a real plan. I need to set smaller, super easy to reach goals so I feel like I am actually accomplishing something.
I decided to start with my bathroom because that is a small area that can be done pretty quickly. I completely cleaned it and organized it and love how the closet turned out. I haven’t decided what to do next. But I am going to figure something out, because my house still hasn’t started cleaning itself yet, and it really does feel so good when things are in order. Wish me luck and send any tips you have found, especially if they are magical =P
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.