I thing that's how that saying goes and it captures my feelings pretty well. I feel like I've been trying to swim upstream for the last few days, and I can't swim. -Really, I can't. Dead-man's float is my specialty. I think we finally got our house back into tolerable order. It always takes me about a week to completely recover from a long trip. I feel like I've done nothing but laundry for four days. Our Christmas was not huge, but it's been challenging to find homes for everything, which has lead me to my goal for this week, month, or year. I'm not sure how long it will take me.
I like order. I want things to be organized because I function so much better that way. Unfortunately, I am also a pack-rat. I come by it honestly, just stop by my mom's basement. I decided, after pulling everything out of that basement due to last spring's flood, that I would de-clutter and organize my things.
Then, we moved, and things were stuffed into boxes and baskets to be gone through later. These things were stuffed into closets when we moved in to get them out of the way. Now, we have no storage for the important things and the house feels small and cluttered. My children are picking up on my ways. They seem to think that cleaning means to redistribute the mess to different places. Their room keeps getting smaller due to the cluttered corners growing larger.
So, I decided that my main goal for 2011 will be to find a home for everything in this house. That means I have to get tough and go through things and possibly get rid of a lot of things. Mostly, though, I just need to actually go through boxes and consolidate things together. All my craft stuff can have one shelf, while my husbands tools can have another.
I know this sounds so simple, but trying to do this with my kids at home makes things tough. I finally started sorting through the piles of papers that have been stashed in various places yesterday. I had a full head of steam and I was determined to get this one thing done. Then, with piles of papers spread all over the living room floor, the baby woke up from her nap, so I had to hurry and put things away before she disorganized my newly organized piles. Maybe today, I'll finish it all the way. I also organized my notebook and my desk. Just those things make me breath a bit easier.
Other steps to accomplish this goal include:
Print recipes from computer and organize recipe notebook
Go through pantry and pull out mystery boxes stashed in there-empty boxes, get rid of unwanted stuff, find homes for keepers
Go through storage closet and pull out mystery boxes-sort, organize things, then organize closet
Find a place to store extra hats and gloves, etc, where we can use them
Go through mystery boxes in my bedroom, sort, organize, etc.
Same for the water softener closet, pull everything out, sort, organizeHelp kids find homes for all their things. Maybe take pictures, so they can remember how things should go?
Sort through baby clothes, get too small put away, get out next size.
Help older kids sort through drawers and get out too small and summer clothes.
Okay that list doesn't look all that long, but it's probably going to take me forever. I'd better go get started!