24 January 2011

A sliver and putting things away

I have an onion sliver.  I had no idea it was possible to get an onion sliver, but as I was peeling the outer layers off the onion, I brushed across the root end, and came up with a painful something stuck in my finger.  I can't seem to get it out and it's hard to see.  It really hurts, so watch out.  You never know what your onion has in store for you.  All this time I thought they were after my eyes...
Anyway, on to the point of this here post...

As part of my goal this year, to have a place for everything, I have a smaller goal to help me get there.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could just spend a few days (or weeks) getting everything in order and nice and clean and be done for good?  Well, we can't.  :)  At least, I can't.

It would be a lot more fun to clean if I felt like things would actually stay that way.  Unfortunately, I live here, so things will just get messy due to that little fact.  Add on to that, I have kids, and the baby has suddenly decided that nothing can stay on any shelf anywhere.  She dutifully makes the rounds in the house, removing anything that we dare to put away.  How I wish it somehow went the other way.  It would be so lovely to have a child that finds joy in putting thing back on the shelf.  I guess I can give her a year or two to develop that attribute.

I have noticed through the past weeks, that I have a funny habit of not completely putting things away.  While cleaning my desk, for example, I will find something that belongs in the kitchen, so I walk in there and set the item on the counter and then return to the desk.  Why don't I just walk the extra three steps and open a drawer to put it completely away?  I don't know why, but it came to my attention when I noticed that my kids' idea of "away" was stacking things on top of my counters, or desk, or table, or whatever.

Putting things all the way away could make a huge difference in the feel of my home.  This is something that I can change, but it seriously takes a conscious effort.  Hopefully, as I work at this little goal, it will become natural and a habit.  We'll see.

Tonight is the perfect time to practice.  As I write, the table is still covered with the remains of our dinner, the floor is covered with toys and books.   The kitchen is a disaster with groceries needing to be put away and dinner dishes waiting to be washed.


  1. Oh, I have that half put away thing down pat! My Mother used to do that and I couldn't imagine why her house looked the way it did, she would pick something up to put it away and get distracted and pick something else up. She was constantly busy, but never got done. Now, I find myself doing the same thing. I am thinking about wearing a tool belt or some such and just pick stuff up and pack in the pocket on the way through and unload at the destination. Well..... it could be an idea.... maybe????

  2. Its a never ending battle here too. Just when I finally get one area straight & in order, another needs work. I often have "daydreams" of getting rid of everything that isn't necessary & start over! I'm sure the house would be great ....for a few days!

  3. I think a lot of people do it.

    I have found I make a mental note of the area I want to finish in this alotted time, and then when I started "wandering" when putting things away, I glance back at the space I'm wanting to finish and remind myself I can do that area later, or next. (which ever is most doable!).

    Check out flylady.net she helped me a ton!

  4. They make a slave that is suppose to draw such things as the sliver out. I keep it on hand. It's called Ichthammol Ointment 20%.It's worth a try.

  5. Sharon, I like that idea, but I would end up with more than I can carry!
    Roundabout, I have those daydreams too.
    Magnolia, I have tried flylady in the past, but I got overwhelmed with the amount of emails I would get. I'm thinking of looking into it again, but limit the emails.
    Sawn, I'll look into that salve. Although, it is feeling a bit better today.

  6. I have been working on this same project! I could do it so much better if I did not have to do any cooking, laundry or use anything I have organized until I am completely done with the whole project. I guess that is out of the question.

  7. the image of a baby putting things back on the shelf really tickles me. :) hey, you won my giveaway. get in contact with me and I'll send you a couple crayon rolls.
    When I cut onion I wear swimming goggles. Guess I should wear gloves too. Ouch!