In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Quote of the Week

If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door greet him with, “Who could have done this? we have no enemies” 

                                                                                 Phyllis Diller

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Officially Messy

My house is officially messy.  It has been for a while, but in the last day or two it’s reached a point where it just bugs me.  The mess kind of sneaks up on me and then recently slapped me in the face how messy it was.

I think much of it comes from the fact that we had a lovely impromptu visit at a friend’s house.  It made me think about how I’d feel if they had done the same thing.  I would have loved to see them, but I would have been embarrassed by my house.   Too much clutter and dirty spaces to welcome them properly.


Hopefully it will give me motivation to deal with it and make some major improvements. Not only with it’s future state, but also with my cleaning routines.



I’ve been trying to deal with two things that are difficult for me.  Waiting and getting chores done.  I’m trying to combine the two and when I’m waiting sneak in part of a chore.

So far I’m liking it.  I’ll tidy the kitchen or empty the dishwasher or sweep while I’m waiting for my husband to come to supper or my kids to get their shoes on.  I feel less impatient and am taking a step in the right direction with the housework. Housework has been taking a backseat to other areas of my life so sometimes this is the only time that it is getting done.

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Quote of the Week

“You will achieve grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day / not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won’t have to drag today’s undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal / to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.”

Og Mandino

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Plenty to do

I have plenty to do right now.  Lots of paperwork for work and the house is a mess and I want to go to the park, the gym, and maybe a jewelry party. 

I felt like I have done very little this weekend. I have to admit I was kind of lazy. I did some laundry (still need to fold and put away) and I got some groceries.  I did a little bit of paperwork.  Next weekend I’m going out of town. 

I’m off to tidy and watch MY show until the kids wake up.  Maybe then my brain will be awake enough for paperwork.

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Quote of the Week

“Sleeping is not time wasting”  Mike Wilson

Trying to work on this one.  Always so much to do both fun and productive.

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Sorting and Finding

Trying to spend some time sorting and organizing the clutter in our house while I have some free time. It’s finding the time to deal with the clutter without taking away the time of maintaining the house.  Then trying to find a system to remember where I put everything.

So far I’ve sorted the plastic containers with the help of my Mom. The lids are matched and my go to ones are in a plastic drawer organizer sorted by size. I threw out the ones without lids and the ones where the lids didn’t stay on.

Today I started a “Where is it” document in Access. I want to make a list of the items that we don’t use frequently and make a list of where it is stored. I’m thinking it will also be helpful to keep track of the extra food that is in the pantry. That way I don’t keep buying beans and forget to buy tomatoes. There is some initial set up time required. Then I have to remember to update it.

Next on my list is to sort my school stuff. What can the girls play with? What can I use next year? What will I not need for a while?

Off to work on that, laundry, and house. Then off to lunch at 1.

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