Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Climbing Back on the Wagon

Oh, y'all! I have fallen off the bandwagon, and I'm afraid the caravan is going to leave me. I could blame being 33 weeks pregnant (which is definitely part of it), but I can't use it as an excuse anymore. My house is slowly slipping deeper and deeper into clutter-land, and I can't take it! (Neither can my husband I'm sure.) It has truly been happening since Paisley was born (that third child changes a few things!), but I'm feeling the stress of it more lately. My main problem is that I'm giving myself license to rest and sleep too much. Now, I know I need to rest some, and my body really shuts down right now if I don't, but I've GOT to get back to at least doing my basic routines EVERY. DAY. The problem with sitting and resting is that the kids don't......... they make messes. =\

I am not a naturally neat person. I am the perfect SHE that FlyLady describes. I am very easily distracted when I start a task. I often don't finish what I started because I run out of time due to getting caught up in one small detail of the project. I also dread that tasks will take forever (which they often do for me!), so I procrastinate forever. I truly feel like this is a part of my brain that was underdeveloped (I've covered this before). I let stuff go and then bust my tushy cleaning and scrubbing, then I'm burnt out and let it go again for a week! Plus, as you all well know, it can be pretty discouraging to be scrubbing a bath tub only to come out of the bathroom and find that the kids have destroyed some other part of the house. But there have been big chunks of time in my life where I have been able to stay on top of things and keep my house in company-ready condition pretty much all the time. I know the secrets, but I don't always believe them. For me, here are the absolutes of housekeeping that I MUST do every day or chaos descends quickly.
  1. Get dressed every morning. Like, in the morning. 
  2. Lay out my clothes every night. This is required for #1 to happen.
  3. Unload my dishwasher AS SOON AS it's done. This is my biggest nemesis. Why do I soooo despise a task that takes less than 5 minutes????????
That's it, y'all. Seriously, if I do those things, I find that the rest follow. So what's my hangup?!? I really don't know. There are other things that I need to daily too, and these things are a lot easier to do if I've done the first 3.
  1. A load of laundry (ugh x infinity)
  2. Make my bed
  3. Pick up throughout the day
  4. Start the dishwasher each night
Then of course there are extra things to be done, but even just doing these few things makes the house feel so much more put together, and the cleaning isn't such a huge deal because stuff is already out of the way.

Maybe if my laundry room looked like this???? Nah... probably not.

SO. I'm making a commitment right here to do those things EVERY day, and I want y'all to keep me accountable! I also want to work on decluttering and extra projects, but those will be done as I can, with no pressure that I HAVE to do them. There is more to be done for the baby too. I really want to feel like I have things under control before the baby gets here. Nothing sounds more depressing than having a newborn in a cluttered house.

I'll keep you all updated on my progress through this month. Maybe even some before/after pictures if I'm really brave. I find that I'm a lot more likely to stick with something if I'm making a blog project out of it. :D Any motivation you have for me? Any tips or suggestions? Have you written a post about routines before that you'd like to share? Please help me out! I need you to come along with me. :-)

Some of my favorite resources:
What are your favorite housekeeping blogs and resources?


  1. my mom always tells me....make your bed, start the dishwasher and start a load of laundry and your day will start to look better. she kept a spotless house with four kids. i know it was not easy. you do have to give yourself a little break though. you are pregnant!! hope it gets better! what are you having by the way?

  2. It's a boy! Very excited and nervous all at the same time :-) Thanks for your encouragement!

  3. Awesome blog! Thanks for the shout out!

    1. Thanks Mary! I actually found you because of a mutual friend – Carla from the mothers of multiples in NWA. Love your new blog!!