In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Clean House

We had a lovely get together watching Frozen.   The house was clean.  There was still piles hiding and plenty of projects, but most of the surfaces and floors were cleared and clean.  I realized that once the clutter is gone.  The actually cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, scrubbing, etc)  really isn’t too bad. 

Today was lovely has I had the whole day without a huge to-do list of basic chores.  I could get a work out in, go to the library, and  play games with my family. It was relaxing to not feel like I should be cleaning something.   Now to keep it that way. 

I am off to get ready for the work week.  Maybe I will do a few small chores so the mess doesn’t attack while I sleep.

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Ready, Set . . . . .

I am about ready to start cleaning.  I have 3 families coming over on Saturday and need to have the main level  and basement cleaned.  I took some time last week to start decluttering, but while useful had a minimal impact on the visual appeal of the house.  Then our family got sick.   Now I have 3 days to get the house clean. 

Aaah!  I always have a grand plan of going from chaos to sparkling in a short period of time.  My first plan is to take  the garbage bag I should refill and walk around the house with it picking up things that should be tossed.    First, I need to get the kids to the bus. 

Wish me luck!

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Spring Cleaning

I have unintentionally started spring cleaning.  I sorted through some boxes that have sat in my room for months.  I am currently in the process of cleaning out a closet and trying to organize my work supplies. 

I am trying to get rid of items, but there is a feeling of I might need that,  a flood of memories, or wanting to double check with my husband before throwing it out.  I also am thinking about how much time I’m spending dealing with stuff that I haven’t touched in months or years or have never used.  Part of me wants to get a small portion of my life really simplified so that I can see what it is like. 

For now, it is biting off small pieces and going from there.  We shall see what happens.  

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New Home at Work

We have a new office space at work.  It was a nice day as there wasn’t the fear of what our new space will be like, but the excitement of opening boxes and finding a home for everything.  It was neat to interact with people I may have not otherwise seen.  As I was unpacking, I had these thoughts.

  • How much stuff do I REALLY need?
  • How will people share?
  • How do you decorate a shared space?
  • How do you balance shared storage versus individual storage?

We will figure it out as time goes on.   As a collegue said  “Ride in the direction the horse is going”.    We will see what the new space is like and go from there. 

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Why of Cleaning

I am starting to figure out the reason why I want the house clean.  I’ve always felt like I should have a clean house.  I have a high tolerance for mess.   When I was in college, the mess became a frustration for my roommates before it bothered me.    It was something I felt like I should be better at , but something else was always more interesting and more meaningful to me at that time.  I’m starting to figure out when mess gets in my way and why I want it clean. 

  • I want to be able to show off my house and invite people over.  I want to be able to have neighbors come over impromptu and not feel embarrassed.
  • I want to be able to spend time with my family rather than cleaning.  We spent an afternoon cleaning as a family.  While it felt good that the house was neater,  I kept thinking of what else we could have done as a family instead had we maintained the cleanliness of the house. 

Off to bed.  It will be a fun, but busy day at work tomorrow.  Have a great day!

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