Sunday, June 23, 2013

Its taking time..

Yesterday I finally took the time to repair the damage of the whole week. I vacuumed, did the dishes, dusted the furniture... I even had Lorelei help me to pick up her toys. This usually happens daily, but I've let it slide a little lately.

Today I was back to doing nothing, I didn't have enough dishes to run the dishwasher last night because I had to run it during the day since it had piled up, but that meant nothing to unload today. We ended up eating out twice today (shame on me) but that meant no dishes. I can tell I already need to clean again.. Toys were picked up tonight, but there are a few strays.

Good thing tomorrow is Monday and we have a fresh start... a whole new week to start over.

I need to make a plan so here we go...

Monday...

  • Make Bed
  • Take Vitamins
  • Breakfast
  • Dishes to Dishwasher
  • Start Laundry. Fold what I've left in there and put it all away
  • Take trash bag upstairs with laundry and bring down all the trash
  • Clean off the kitchen countertops and wipe them down
  • Switch the laundry
  • Lunch
  • Clean up all dishes, put in dishwasher
  • Put Lorelei down for a nap
  • Plan Dinner
  • Vacuum living area
  • Mop if I have time
  • Finish Laundry for the day
  • Cook dinner.
  • Sleep.

Tuesday
  • Make Bed
  • Take Vitamins
  • Empty Dishwasher
  • Breakfast
  • Dishes to Dishwasher
  • Start Laundry
  • Vacuum Upstairs
  • Wipe down bathroom countertops
  • Clean bathroom mirrors (especially Lorelei's)
  • Tidy Lorelei's room
  • Swap over the laundry
  • Lunch
  • Put dishes in dishwasher
  • Nap for Lorelei
  • Nap for me?
  • Plan Dinner
  • Cake Class
  • Dinner
  • Load/Start the dishwasher
  • Finish Laundry
  • Sleep

Wednesday
  • Make Bed
  • Take Vitamins
  • Unload Dishwasher
  • Breakfast
  • Put dishes in dishwasher
  • Start laundry
  • Clean kitchen
  • Wipe down living room furniture
  • Lunch
  • Put dishes in dishwasher
  • Swap Laundry
  • Nap for Lorelei
  • Nap for me?
  • Plan dinner
  • Finish laundry
  • Cook dinner
  • Sleep

Thursday
  • Make Bed
  • Vitamins
  • Breakfast
  • Lots of Water
  • I have an exciting appointment this morning so thats about all I'm planning for this day.

Friday, June 21, 2013

If only..

I have this image in my head of how our life should be.

I wake up early full of energy and ready to face the day. I remember to take all of my vitamins. I have a nice morning routine that includes things like wiping down my bathroom and doing my make up and hair so I look close to perfect. I also empty the dishwasher because I always remember to run it the night before. Of course, I wake up way before the baby so I have free time to do stuff like read my Bible and drink hot tea.

Once baby wakes up I make breakfast, because I woke up so early that after all of this it still isn't noon. It is a peaceful morning with no yelling or fussing. Immediately after breakfast I clean the dishes and put them in the dishwasher.

The rest of the morning consists of fun playing and simple chores that I don't mind doing. Then at lunch I happily fix sandwiches, or some other lunch food. We eat and again I put the dishes straight into the dishwasher. My sink is always spotless.

After lunch is nap time. Baby lays down without a fight. She goes right to sleep and I have time to do some more chores around the house. That didn't take long so I have time to do some homework so I don't put it off until Sunday night.

Nap time is over so baby wakes up. She gets a snack and rests peacefully on the sofa watching a cartoon before she heads back to play. I prepare dinner because daddy will be home soon.

Daddy comes home and plays with baby while I cook dinner. We all eat together happily in our clean house. Afterwards I put all the dishes from dinner in the dishwasher and turn it on. More play time follows dinner time. Then bath time for baby and right to bed, where she happily falls asleep. Mommy and Daddy have some time together before an early bedtime where they rest peacefully and get lots of rest so they can wake up happy and full of energy the next day.


Here's the problem = That day is rare. It has happened, but only once or twice. Nothing ever seems to all fall into place on the same day. Little pieces of that day happen everyday, but rarely all at once.

I've come to realize though that I am not that person. I'm not a morning person. I hate to cook. I have the best intentions, but honestly what works for some people doesn't work for me.

I dream of being so organized, but I know I'm not good at keeping it up, at least not now. I know I need to start with small projects and build my way up.


As for my house right now... its a wreck. My week has been tiring. Well, actually my week has been calm, but I can't seem to make it through a day without a nap. My body just won't let it happen. I'm hoping I can bring it back this weekend. Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Skip the cleaning, time to declutter

Not much cleaning has happened today, but I did declutter a small area that seemed really big to me.

Under the bathroom sink..

To be honest though, I'm only halfway done. There are 3 areas... under my husband's side, under my side, and the three drawers in the middle.

I've done two of the three drawers, leaving only my husbands drawer. I also did under my husbands side since his side holds all the junk while mine just houses towels.

I pulled everything out from under his side and Its crazy how much random crap was under there. I went against my gut and threw away a bunch of half used shampoo bottles that got forgotten when we moved or whenever I found a different brand I liked better. I also have a basket full of stuff that needs to go to its actual home somewhere else. Most of it is full bottles of stuff that can go in my stockpile or baby stuff that can go into Lorelei's bathroom.

So it feels good to have the stuff out of that cabinet, but I still need to go get a trash bag for all the trash, and I need to put away the stuff in the basket.

I should really start taking some before and after pictures too.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I need to...

I'm going to be honest, I've fallen behind. Not as bad as it was to begin with, but still worse than it should be.

Friday was supposed to be an easy day. A day with only optional chores. Simple things that could be put off if I wanted to just rest instead, which I did. I was so pleased my house was clean enough that I had the luxury to decide to just rest and not have a total mess. But then everything changed.

It started with my daughter not taking a nap. This happens often, but it was especially bad on Friday because I thought she was napping, so I decided to nap too. The problem was that since she didn't nap she went downstairs. Downstairs her curiosity got the best of her and she opened the refrigerator. She grabbed the bucket of spreadable butter and by the handful she scooped it out and rubbed it all over the sofa. Once the sofa was covered she proceeded to cover the floor in front of the sofa.

I sent her to grandma's house for the weekend.

I was so mad. Not with my daughter anymore. After she got in trouble for her mess she went and took a nap and woke up like the sweet and wonderful child I know her to be. Now I was mad because my easy day/weekend of minimal chores was turning to crap.

It is now Saturday night. The dishes aren't done, in fact one is covered in butter. If I never see butter again it will be too soon. My sofa still has butter soaked into its depths. I spent an hour at least shampooing it and I'm probably not even halfway done. The floor in front of my sofa seems like it will be slippery forever. I'll need to get the steam mop out and move everything and mop it, which sucks because I've already done this twice this month! If only my daughter would stop making messes! Trash is building up and I keep acting like I can ignore it because I have more important butter things to take care of.

Its just tiring thinking of all the things I need to do right now.

I need to finish shampooing my sofa.
I need to mop the floor.
I need to do the dishes.
I need to do a load of laundry.
I need to throw out the trash.
I need to do my homework.
I need to clean the kitchen counter.
I need to sleep.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Worrywort.

Today I started to worry.

First it was that my house was a mess, and all I really wanted to do was run away from it. Seriously. I packed up and went shopping instead of staying home today.

Then I came home and realized it wasn't so bad. I did the dishes, folded the last load of laundry, picked up the toys, folded the blankets, threw out the trash.. It really wasn't that bad. I left a little to be done, but it was an easy pick up compared to before.

Like my mind tends to do, I wonder how I can change things. My husband mentioned the other day that he doesn't like our very nice TV stand. I've always liked it. Its a sturdy piece of furniture, not like something from Wal-Mart or any other discount store. This is a quality piece. I remembered a picture I saw in a magazine of a buffet that looked almost identical to mine that had been painted a pretty turquoise color and started thinking of doing that.

Instead of being happy with my great idea though, I worried. My mind went to decluttering. If I painted this piece I could give the other TV stand back to my mom and thats one less piece to move, whenever we may move.  My mind goes to this too often. I fear we won't have enough room wherever we may move. We have a nice big house now with tons of storage. Seeing the places we lived before this I have a feeling we are going to go to something just as small as before and have no space, no storage, and tons of clutter. I don't know how we accumulated so much junk in the almost 3 years we've lived here. Something needs to be done though, and fast.

To be honest, I crave simplicity. I crave less stuff. I crave less stuff, that is all organized. The problem is that once you decide you can live without the stuff, its still there. It doesn't just walk out and leave. I actually have to do something with it, which is overwhelming.

Then it gets harder... This stuff is worth money. I may not have paid for most of it, but I know its worth money and I can't just throw out or give away something worth money. I've sold stuff online already to bring in extra money while getting rid of some of it, but I've got so much and I don't feel like I have the time to sell it all.

What I'm most worried about is that in the middle of my trying to fix myself by cleaning and decluttering my home and fixing our budget we will get word that its time to move and it will throw me completely off track. I know its coming, I just don't know when. I'm scared of moving to a small space, I'm scared of being somewhere else, I'm scared of not having the money to move and completely ruining the fact that we are not always overdrawn now.

I guess I just have to tell myself that its a good thing that I keep my house up between now and whenever we move. It'll make me feel better and continue building habits that will grow in our new home. Its ok if we have a smaller space, its less to clean and less space for clutter, so I'll be forced to get rid of stuff. New places are fun. Especially if we move to where I think we may. Its a completely different lifestyle than where we are and although its on the other side of the country, it will be a new adventure. And as for money, its just money. I've always believed God works it out. When pennies seem like they just aren't going to stretch, they always do. I can do my part to put some aside now, plus the military will pay to move us, we just have to be responsible for driving ourselves and some small personal things. I do worry about rent deposits and gas to somewhere far away, but if I put aside a little at a time now maybe it'll be fine.

So there, I have worried, I have let it out, I still feel like I'll lay up for hours tonight and think of this so I'll probably watch Gilmore Girls, cause thats what I do.

And tomorrow I think I will attempt to take Lorelei to see her very first movie at a theater. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Slacking..

Today I made the bed. That is it.

Last night I didn't even clean up the trash around the living room from where I grabbed fast food on my way home from my late cake cake class, nor did I put dishes in the dishwasher from throughout the day.

Now the trash is picked up, but the dishes are in the sink.

Thinking about it though, before I wouldn't have even noticed. The trash would probably be sitting there still and it wouldn't have even crossed my mind to make the bed.

Another thing I've done daily, but haven't mentioned, is opening blinds throughout the house. It makes such a difference in my mood and the way my house looks. Everything is brighter and happier. It actually feels like a new day instead of just blah in this cramped up house.

But I haven't even opened blinds today.

So now that I've mentioned it all, I ought to go do it. I know I'll feel better if I get it done.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Budgeting is easier said than done.

I've had a very busy, but very clean weekend. I put my computer down either Thursday or Friday and am just now picking it back up. More like it was upstairs and I wasn't in the mood to go up and get it most of the time, but I really was busy.

On Saturday my in-laws came for a lunch visit on their way through town to go on vacation. It was so nice that my house was mostly clean, as it was for my mother's visit, so all I had to do was tidy up and then I could focus on cleaning some other problem areas. My dining room still has a little bit of unneeded clutter, but that is slowly getting taken care of. All other rooms are looking pretty good for now. Another way I saw my new habit shine was by loading dishes into the dishwasher before they were even gone. Usually when company comes I just load everything in the sink and take care of everything later, usually a day or two later. This time it was done before they left so I got to sit down and relax a minute after they left. Well, not really.. I had to drive 2 hours to my family for a baby shower. It was nice knowing I was leaving my husband with a clean house and no dishes in the sink to worry with. And I guess he is catching on because all of the dishes he's used since I've been gone have been loaded and washed, all I need to do now is unload. Like I said, HUGE improvement on my old habits.

So far I've stuck to my habit of doing dishes and making my bed. I've been doing a quick pickup everyday too, usually before bed. This makes a big difference because I don't let myself go to bed before I've done dishes and picked up. Usually its just toys or random things out of place, but by doing this it doesn't become a lot that is hard to handle. I've also been doing laundry and folding, but getting them upstairs to put away has been a little more of a struggle. The fact that their washed and folded is an improvement though.

The only thing on my goal list of daily tasks is wiping down the bathrooms and doing a quick sweep or vacuum over floors. This means taking my small handheld vac and going over the floor and just using the big vacuum once or twice a week. I just haven't done this because I hate hauling the thing out of the closet and plugging it up. Usually when I do it gets left out for a while before I get sick of seeing it and put it away. I think I will work on this though. My floors aren't horrible, but I'm sure they could be better.

Another thing I need to work on is eating out less. Other than cleaning house, eating out is my biggest struggle. Its truly an addiction. In my mind its so easy to say not to go out. Just stay home and cook something simple. I can so easily go through all these motions in my head, but when it comes time it really is something I struggle with. To be honest though, I think financially we would be a lot better off if we could get this one area under control. Most of our extra money goes to eating out and if we saved it instead of spending we could do a lot more.

The more I think about it I'm coming up with ideas to motivate myself to save more of that money. I think I'm going to work more towards going to a cash system. I think holding the cash in my hand and having a choice of eating out or putting it in another place, such as a vacation envelope, I may choose the vacation envelope. When you calculate that we spend about $20+ every time we eat out we could easily save $100 or more in a week. That is really sad when the numbers are there seeing how much we waste on fast food, but I'm just trying to be honest. It is the one part of our budget I haven't gotten under control. I'm as frugal as it gets until it comes to eating out. We get paid in 5 days so it'll be a chance for me try something new and see how it works for us.

I'm going to go ahead and write out my plan.. Thankfully I have an app on my phone that makes transferring money easy.


Paycheck : $1033
Transfer $290 to savings - This will be added to the amount I put in the last pay check and pay our car payment and credit card.
Balance: $743

Pay Insurance : $132 - I'm not sure if this is the exact amount because we are adding something to our policy, but this is what the website is showing right now.
Balance: $611

Pay Internet : $33
Balance : $578

Groceries: $120 - I just recently raised my grocery budget. This is for two weeks and should be more than enough since I coupon and don't need much to begin with. I plan on pulling this out in cash in the beginning and letting it last from the 15th until the 1st.
Balance : $458

Newspaper Money: $12 - This budget I just recently lowered since I plan on buying less at the store. Usually it was $12 a week, now its half of that since I'm going from buy 4 papers a week to only buying 2.
Balance : $446

Now at the end there I have over $400 left over. I'm racking my brain to try to figure out what I'm forgetting, but I honestly don't think I'm forgetting anything. Other bills are paid on the first. I already know I want to put a little bit in savings, and a little more towards something my husband wants for his motorcycle. I also may need a couple of things for my cake class. Other than that the rest of that money usually goes to eating out and most paychecks we end up having just pennies while waiting to be paid again.

So lets just say after our other things we have $300 left over. I think from now on I'm going to take it out of the bank and put it in an eating out envelope that we can use as we please. Whatever is left will be put into a vacation fund at the end of the pay period. I know me and I'll still use some to eat out, but maybe this will help limit it. Maybe a vacation will sound better than Wendy's and I will be motivated to cook something.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Might as well..

I am really struggling today to gather up the motivation to get up and do something. Thankfully I'm not behind because I've made myself get up and do stuff all week long, but today there are things I want to do, I just don't want to do them.

Like first off, I want to clean out the refrigerator. I explained yesterday how much that really needed to be done. I also need to take out the trash, which is super simple, but I just don't feel like doing it.

Once I get the fridge cleaned out I want to wipe down the entire kitchen, declutter the front of the fridge, and clean out the inside of the microwave.

Simple enough once I type it out. I might as well go do it.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Done!

I feel quite accomplished today. I had to make myself get up and get going, but I'm glad I did. Lorelei actually took a good nap today without a fight so its a good thing I didn't let that go to waste.. Let me bring my list from earlier over and cross off all of my accomplishments..


Daily:
  • Make bed
  • Dishes
  • Pick up
  • Use small vac over downstairs
  • Laundry
  • Wipe down bathrooms
Monday
  • Deep clean kitchen
  • Deep vacuum downstairs
Tuesday
  • Wash sheets (every 2 weeks)
  • Clean master bedroom
  • Clean Lorelei's room
  • Vacuum upstairs
Wednesday
  • Catch up on Laundry
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Sweep/Mop bathrooms

So I got pretty much everything done.. I will admit some things I've marked off because I did them less than a week ago and they don't need to be done again already. . Now I'm going to rest and get ready for tomorrow. 

Thursday
  • Vacuum downstairs
  • Clean living room
Hmm.. I did both of those today. I guess tomorrow I will just do a deep clean of the kitchen because it is one thing I keep putting off. On the surface everything looks nice and clean, but one thing I know needs to be done is the refrigerator. It has needed to be cleaned out for a while. Not to mention this past weekend we used this big pitcher with one of those spouts at the bottom to make tea. I have learned to put it further back in the refrigerator because the door will hit the spout and make the tea run out. My mom didn't know this and she accidentally let half of the tea run out. Thankfully almost all of it was caught in one of the drawers, which happened to be empty. She didn't learn her lesson and the rest of that same pitcher of tea got wasted later that day. We wiped it up with a wet paper towel, but I know now I really need to take everything out and wipe it down.

Hopefully nap time tomorrow will go as smoothly as it did today and I can get more work done.

All about my lists..

Time for another list...


Daily:
  • Make bed
  • Dishes
  • Pick up
  • Use small vac over downstairs
  • Laundry
  • Wipe down bathrooms
Monday
  • Deep clean kitchen
  • Deep vacuum downstairs
Tuesday
  • Wash sheets (every 2 weeks)
  • Clean master bedroom
  • Clean Lorelei's room
  • Vacuum upstairs
Wednesday
  • Catch up on Laundry
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Sweep/Mop bathrooms
Yes, that is Monday-Wednesday worth of daily stuff... Stuff I keep not really doing, but not thinking much of it since my house isn't a wreck.. All of this shouldn't take much time at all, I just need to make myself do it!

Something I did do today that isn't on the list, but desperately needed doing was my laundry room. It has sat for months covered in dirty laundry, clean laundry, laundry that had been there so long the status of it was unknown.. We put our vacuums in there, dirty mops, and the occasional whatever we didn't want guests to see.

Now that the laundry is done and a place has been made for the vacuums, brooms, and mops in another area I decided that the laundry room needed a good clean. I pulled everything out except for the appliances and I vacuumed as much as I can. I got the attachment that does baseboards and did that, I vacuumed the windowsill and corners and under the machines.. I'm hoping I didn't forget anything.. I didn't pull them out and get behind them because they were running. I feel like I did good with the attachments of my vacuum though. After all of that I took my steam mop and moped over it all a few times. Its a small room so it didn't take much time. After all of that the room seems so much brighter and happier. Hopefully that will be my motivation to keep it up.

I'm all about lists and I made a long list of projects, big and small, that I wanted to do around the house. I think I'm going to try and finish the easy stuff on the list I have above so that maybe I can do one of the big list items. I plan to start small, like with utensils or the kitchen towels.

Here is my long list of projects: 
  1. Cabinet above the refrigerator
  2. Pots, pans, appliances
  3. Utensils
  4. Knives
  5. Movies
  6. Drawer in TV stand
  7. Toys
  8. Kitchen towels
  9. Bathroom towels
  10. Under bathrooms sinks
  11. Office closet
  12. Lorelei's closet
  13. Linen closet
  14. Overall office, not including closet
  15. Storage closet upstairs
  16. Garage  6/3/13
  17. Master bedroom closet
  18. Master bedroom drawers
  19. Laundry room closet
  20. Book shelves
  21. Lorelei's drawers and clothes in closet
  22. Garage again, because it needs it that bad..

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Here's a list..

Well, I still haven't gotten too much done today. I guess I'm putting it off until I'm ready to go to bed, which should be now since its about 11pm. Instead I'm up about to play Call of Duty.

Here's what I've done...
  • Made bed
  • Emptied Dishwasher
  • brought dirty clothes and vacuum downstairs
  • washed clothes
  • cleaned out the vacuum and set out to dry (11pm and still not completely dry)
  • reloaded dishwasher throughout the day (dirty stuff leftover now from when I was gone and husband cooked dinner for toddler)
  • 5 min pickup (I didn't time it actually, just picked up all the toys)
Here's what I need to do before bed...
  • Clean up mess from cake class tonight
  • reload dishwasher and run it
  • pick up trash from tonight
  • vacuum
  • finish the load of laundry I've been working on all day

I'm working on it..

Last night was really nice. My mom and her friend visited, and because I have been keeping up with housework it was still clean when she left. I had done the dishes like I was supposed to before she got there, dinner was fixed, cleaned up after, and this morning its like it never happened.. That is except for the yummy leftovers in the fridge.

I keep noticing stuff around the house that needs doing though, stuff that I normally wouldn't notice under all the other stuff.. Like last night I washed my curtains. Curtains we got when we first got married 4.5 years ago and have never washed.

I'm going over my daily list and seeing what needs to be done though.. I'm really having to make myself do stuff today.. I'm working on Monday and Tuesday since I didn't do much of anything yesterday other than daily stuff..


Daily:
  • Make bed
  • Dishes
  • Pick up
  • Use small vac over downstairs
  • Laundry (in progress)
  • Wipe down bathrooms (I haven't officially made this a must item yet)
Monday
  • Deep clean kitchen
  • Deep vacuum downstairs (I decided to deep clean the actual vacuum instead)
Tuesday
  • Wash sheets (every 2 weeks) (done last week)
  • Clean master bedroom (Clean, needs some minor decluttering of the dresser)
  • Clean Lorelei's room (after nap time)
  • Vacuum upstairs (Vacuum is being cleaned)
As I go through this I realize I need to not get so down on myself for not finishing the list.. I'm leaps and bounds further than I was just 2 weeks ago. Two weeks ago I had a sink full of dishes, clutter and mess all over my house, and my laundry was about 15 loads behind. Now my laundry is caught up, I've done dishes every day and kept it caught up, and at first glance my house is clean. I still need to do some deep cleaning and scrubbing, but it will get done in time, and I'm ok with that.

Monday, June 3, 2013

This is a relief.

Something amazing happened today. My mom called and said she was coming to visit. I know, she was just here two days ago, but I didn't have a heart attack when she said she was coming.

Usually when she is coming I spend the whole day before, or day of, cleaning like a mad woman. Usually when she gets here, it still isn't done and looks like crap. She's my mom and isn't scared to say so about it being bad. Usually within a couple of days of her leaving it is back to disaster because I know it will be a while before she comes to visit again. She lives just close enough to visit for the day, but too far to do it often. Its about a two hour drive.

So today she called around lunchtime and told me she planned on coming for dinner with a friend. Her cleaning friend. And I just said ok and laid back down for my nap with Lorelei. I didn't freak out about cleaning a single thing. I will probably tidy up before she gets here, but its probably nothing more than I would have already done today anyways. It feels so good to just say ok, see you when you get here. Its so nice to not freak out and do a marathon clean in a couple of hours.

So now instead of scrubbing, I'm going to sit on my sofa and play a little bit of Call of Duty, because that is my guilty pleasure. And I believe I will enjoy some ice cream with that..

This feels good..

I haven't felt this in a while. My kitchen counter is completely clear or clutter and wiped down. My sink is shinny, and my dishes are clean, except for the few in the dishwasher that aren't enough to make a load, and I'm the type who has to have it at least like 75% full to run it.

I'm noticing though that even with all the junk gone that doesn't belong there, it seems like I have too much on my counter. I think I'm going to go through and get rid of some stuff. Right now just by looking at it I see a tiny pitcher that is purely for decoration.. I never intentionally put it there, it just got there one day and decided to make a home. There is also a big clear glass jar full of pasta, which isn't my style anymore, its just stuck. There is a wooden block full of spice tubes, also purely decoration. More like it gets in the way though. It needs to go.

I also think I'm going to move my bread box. I love it, my uncle made it and it serves a purpose, but its so bulky in the corner. I'm not going to get rid of it, just move it.

Another thing that makes my kitchen look really cluttered... all the junk on the refrigerator. My grandfather has always hated stuff posted all over the fridge, and now I see it. He has always been a very tidy man and it only makes sense that he wants a clear refrigerator. I've got it packed full of random stuff. I'm sure it can all easily find a home somewhere else. I do believe I'll leave the dry erase board up there though. And the top of my fridge is overcrowded too.

How many times can one say fridge/refrigerator in one paragraph.... hmm.. only 4? I thought it was more than that..

In the future, I really need to remember to take before and after pictures.

Now that the weekend is over I am really pleased with myself. I kept up with the dishes, did laundry (with a huge help from my mom) and my kitchen is clean! My bedroom is also clean and the bed has been made up every day this weekend.

Now I just have the overwhelming urge to lay in bed and watch Gilmore Girls.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Get ready..

I am noticing something that I really don't want to admit to. Some spots in my house need to be decluttered, and re-decluttered often. For example, I decluttered a desk the other day. It is this pesky built in desk. Its not big enough to actually use with a computer, even though I've tried in the past. If I add a printer it takes up almost the whole desktop, but I can't put anything under the desk because there is no way to plug it in without running ugly cords in super visible places.

Now because I can't actually use this desk for its purpose it has become a catch-all. All the internet modems are over there, which is ok, but there is also my camera, a bunch of papers, random art stuff.. Just a bunch of junk that when I "clean" it I push around and pretend that everything belongs. It doesn't. I know I just had this chore on my list last week, but this week I am going to put it back on the list, and do a better job. I'm thinking about adding a folder or file to add mail so that it can be contained. Also a box could contain all the modems and make it look a little more pleasing visually.

Another thing that has been on my mind lately is couponing while I declutter and clean my house. I feel that it is time to step back a little. This amazing hobby is something that I feel so blessed to do. It has provided for me in times when I felt that I had nothing else, but after cleaning my pantry the other night I noticed that I am well provided for right now, thanks to coupons of course. I noticed I can step back for a while and not have to do without. I will still grocery shop, but focus more on meats, fruit,  vegetables, and dairy. I still plan to buy newspapers to get coupons, but I think instead of buying 4, I will only buy 2. This way if there is a really great deal that I feel that I can't pass up I can get it. I also use the coupons to buy my normal groceries, including the staples that I will still be buying while I stop keeping a running stock.

Another reason I am doing this, the whole decluttering and cutting down my stock, is because I have no idea when we will move again. We are a military family and have lived in this house on base for 2.5 years. That is almost unheard of for the military. Any day we could get a call with orders to move across the country, and when that happens I want to be ready. I'm not packing up or anything, but decluttering the junk will make it easier to take care of what is important. And by using the food we have and not buying extra I won't have to haul or give away too much.

I will be honest, I have become quite attached to this place. This is the only home my daughter has ever known, we moved here when she was just a couple of months old. It is a great house with lots of storage, but in that it has been a house that has allowed me to collect a lot of junk. I doubt we will get a house as great as this when we move, we will probably be downsizing, so I want to downsize my junk before that time comes. In reality I would give myself a year to do all that I want to do. In a year I could pace myself and go through everything, but I don't have a year. I don't even know if I have 2 or 3 months. I just need to get ready.

Lazy slob..

I just finished reading A Slob Comes Clean e-book about decluttering, which makes me really want to declutter my house. Selling all these toys and making a little bit of money feels good, I want to keep going! I need to pace myself though. I realize now on the surface most of my house looks decent, but there are tons of little decluttering projects I can do. I just need to take one at a time. I was thinking maybe one a day, or every other day, however I feel like doing it. I just need to make sure I don't overwhelm myself with it all right out of the gate.

Another thing I've noticed is that I am blind to my own mess, but the second my husband makes the slightest mess I get defensive over my space and have him clean it up. He and I are probably equal when it comes to mess and slobishness, but I'm just blind to my own. He is probably blind to his too.

I just had a brilliant idea.. Declutter, sell the junk, save the money.. and at the end hire a maid to do the deep cleaning.. Bleh, I'm too frugal.. I'll just do it myself, but it was a decent idea.

On the brightside, I have made my bed for two days in a row. Even today I caught myself thinking "I'll go to the bathroom first and come back." or do whatever, and then come back. Then when I stood up I figured I might as well do it now, I have no excuse not to. That way I won't have an excuse not  to come back.