So I’ve blogged for two days now. Not exactly a marathon accomplishment, but you have to start somewhere.
I’m guessing that if anyone was reading this, they’d probably want to tell me about some great resources to help in getting my house in order. I’m very open to reading things, but I should probably share that I’ve read quite a few things on home organization already. QUITE a few. Three biggies are Sidetracked Home Executives, flylady , and the book How Not to be a Messie which is available through Amazon.com. All of these are great. Fun reads and they help me feel like I’m not alone. Like I’m not a total freak and that others have had these same struggles. This is wonderful, but I’ve never had much of a problem with self esteem. I just need my house to be clean.
Several years ago, I was reading How Not to be a Messie (given me by my mother) and shared with her on the phone how much I was enjoying it. So she asked if it had helped at all. I said “Well I haven’t finished reading it yet!” The problem is that I know I’m messy, and all of these books, sites, resources have helped me in some ways. They have given me good ideas and perspective. But really, I just have to do it. I have to focus. My home has to be my priority in order for me to get it under control. The problem with all of this is that I get so easily overwhelmed. I love the parts where they talk about the psychology of this “problem” and how it affects you. But when they start talking about all of the things I actually have to do to conquer this, the words start swimming on the page and my head spins.
I do highly recommend Flylady. She recommends babysteps and gives you practical advice. If you want advice on keeping your home in order, go to her. This isn’t the place for that. This is about me trying to figure things out. I finally deleted myself from her list when I realized I hadn’t read one of her MANY emails in months. So, they were just becoming more clutter/guilt in my life.
So, I’m going to be very basic as I get started.
Make my bed. Every morning. EVERY morning.
Get up early enough to put on workout clothes, get breakfast ready and empty the dishwasher before the kids get up. 6:15.
Do a load of laundry every day.
Clean off the table after every meal.
Put things in the dishwasher instead of the sink.
Make lunches the night before.
I could go on and on and on and on with the things I should be doing. But I’m not. Because this time I don’t want to fail.