In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Weekly Goals–Update

This week’s goals—Where I’m at now

  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Clean Bathroom Floors
  • Clean Kitchen Floor
  • Match and Sort kids socks
  • Determine locations for toys (waiting on shelves)
  • Reduce clutter on dining room table

Total Completion  83%

None Organizing Goals:

  • Journal/Meditate 
  • Take Tabata class
  • Do Kettleball Workout or Swim
  • Set up and try running intervals
  • Be social with someone other than my husband
  • Go to Penzey’s Spice Store
  • Plan Week of Lesson plans  (3 of 5 days)
  • Complete/start CEU
  • Cook or bake something to freeze

Total Completion @ 71% 

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Better than nothing

This week’s goal is to get most of the areas of the house clean. I don’t care if its perfect, just get it done. “Once you know it is possible, then you can work on making it better.” I don’t know where the quote is from, but I love it. I think it keeps me from getting overwhelmed or focused on perfection. It also helps me from making excuses. I sometimes wouldn’t attempt to look through a pile of stuff, because I didn’t know where my husband’s stuff goes. I’ve also not vacuumed because there was a pile of stuff. The pile of stuff is still there, but at least the floor around it has less dirt and crumbs.

So far the main level is tolerable. Dishes washed, vacuumed, toys mainly picked up, clutter at the bottom of the steps cleared. We are still waiting for shelves to help with organizing the toys. The dining room is still a holding spot for a ridiculous amount of clutter. I vacuumed the upstairs and the steps earlier.

This week’s goals:

  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Clean Bathroom Floors
  • Clean Kitchen Floor
  •  Match and Sort kids socks
  • Determine locations for toys (waiting on shelves)
  • Reduce clutter on dining room table

None Organizing Goals:

  • Journal/Meditate
  • Take Tabata class
  • Do Kettleball Workout or Swim
  • Set up and try running intervals
  • Be social with someone other than my husband
  • Go to Penzey’s Spice Store
  • Plan Week of Lesson plans
  • Complete/start CEU
  • Cook or bake something to freeze

Now it’s written down so maybe it will increase the odds of it happening.

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Update

Well here is the update.   We got better at keeping the dishwasher going and kitchen clean.   The clutter is sneaking back though.  I think a lot had to do with the fact that we don’t have a home for many of the items.  We know where we don’t want them—but they don’t have a permanent home.

Regardless of what we do, we will need pens on the main level.  We tried a pen organizer on the counter, but the organizer seemed to collect too many other items and the girls could reach them too easily.  Honestly, I’m not sure where the supply of pens are.

On a positive note,  I compiled a large pile of clutter in our bedroom.  There is still a pile of stuff, but it is pushed to the size and there is carpet that hasn’t been seen (or vacuumed) for weeks.

I wish it was like the scene in Mary Poppins where the kids snap and all the toys are put away.  I can dream can’t I.

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How much time does it take?

I decided to time some of the chores I did.  Some of them I started the timer late or did something else in the middle, but it gives you a basic idea.

  • Empty and fill dishwasher 9:52
  • Empty 2 baskets of clothes (4 people)  @ 9 min
  • Took everything out of sitting room (with help from husband) 16:54

I never thought that the clothes and dishwasher take about the same amount of time.  It makes sense. I just never thought about it.  Now I can see if I can beat my time 🙂   Off to get the kids and myself ready.  Off to the gym for Tabata! 

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Time

I was talking to someone and they say that they schedule 3 hours a week for cleaning. I had never thought of the total amount of time required to clean the whole house. Does that seem like a realistic amount? Do you know how much time you spend cleaning/organizing each week? Sometimes I’ll say I’ll clean it all on the weekend and then get burnt out or have other stuff to do and not get to it. Having that time amount may help to divide it up through out the week or not too many other tasks scheduled if I choose to cram it in one day. I can always adjust the time as I see realistic for my house. I may also just keep that time frame and get more and more done as the house gets cleaner and I get more efficient.

I have also heard of people timing how long specific chores take. It could help with knowing how much to schedule for the task, but mainly I think it would help me from procrastinating. If I knew the chore only took 5 minutes, I think it would be harder to put it off and stay on the couch.

I’d love to hear if you have done this and if it helped motivate you.  Have a great day!

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Welcome Spring

My husband has started spring cleaning early.  He has emptied out and cleaned the living room, kitchen, mud room, and foyer.  Still have to attack the large pile of stuff that was in there which I am dreading.  I feel a little bit like the Wizard of OZ—Pay no attention to the junk in the front room.  If it was me, I wouldn’t have tackled this big of a project, but that might be why it never gets done.  Luckily I have some time to do that so I can’t use lack of time as an excuse for now.

Now we have to get used to maintaining it.  The main goal is keeping surfaces clear and wiped down.  We are having discussions about what is allowed back on the counter.   Once there is a little pile of stuff, it’s pretty easy to accept another little pile of stuff.  All of a sudden the counter is cluttered and its a huge pile to deal with.

One step at a time.  I thought I’d be better at this by now.   Old habits die hard I guess.

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Fresh Start–Living room

Today we took out everything out of our family room (well minus the desk and filing cabinet).  Then the carpet was vaccummed and scrubbed.  The plan  is to add back in only what we want. We moved stuff around so it feels new. So far we have furniture, kids book shelf, play kitchen, electric keyboard, and diaper basics.  That room of the house looks pretty good for us (just don’t turn around). 

Now for the piles of clutter that have invaded the kitchen, mud room, and sitting room.  Toys that have lived at the bottom of the bins, random electronics, paper, and those little pieces that are part of that one thing.  So many things to decide if we REALLY need then decide where to put it. I wish I could say the only piles like that were from this cleaning project, but unfortunately there are plenty of those throughout the house.  The good thing about these piles though is that they are in the way.  If I want to eat somewhere other than the foyer on tiny kids chairs, the kitchen table has to be cleared. 

It feels like I just did this with the mud room and guest room and those are coming due again.  I suppose if I actually get rid of stuff I won’t have to do it so much 🙂 The mess wasn’t made in a day so it won’t be organized in a day. 

Now, I need to have people over so that at least the main living areas are somewhat presentable at the same time.   

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