Monday, January 5, 2009

Spring cleaning in January

It's not so much that I haven't had time to blog. Life has just been pretty uneventful, which is good. I am glad the Christmas season is over, yet already looking forward to it this year.
Jenna still has a really bad cold, it doesn't seem to be improving, but not getting worse. Joseph caught it from her. He doesn't feel too bad. Several months ago, he would have regular nose bleeds. Now when his nose runs from a cold, he flips out thinking his nose it "bweedin'".
I was eager for this Monday to get here, although I hate Joe going back to work. Things had just been piling up. The bills needed paying and the house needs cleaning, but deeper than that even. With all the influx of Christmas toys, I am starting to feel overwhelmed. The closets are jammed packed, the drawers are a mess, it is time to clean out the clutter. The kids all have more clothes that don't fit them in their dressers than do. Or more clothes are in the wrong season than are in the right season. It's a headache and has been getting on my nerves long enough.
Last year, I felt the same way after New Year's. My solution is to write one goal on my calendar a week, e.g. Bethany's closet, basement, kitchen cabinets. That way I accomplished one area a week. It is much easier to obtain all these smaller goals.
It is ironic that I was mentally making a list in my head, about what I am going to put on my calendar to organize, and my mom called asking if I would talk to a Mom's group about organization. At first I was hesitant, after I found out it is a small group of moms, she convinced me to do it. It's good extra motivation to get my house in order, so I am not being too hypocritical. 3 children make clutter and disorganization a fact of life, a battle always being fought. I enjoy organizing and it bothers me if things are in disarray, so I guess that makes my qualified to talk about the subject.

1 comment:

Jeff, Dana and Hayden said...

Miranda I can tottaly relate to you. I finally got my closet cleaned out and organized. Now I just have to keep it that way. I am off on Tuesdays so I try to get something accomplished on those days in addition to the spare time on the weekends. I finally organized Haydens dresser and now have only clothes that are seasonally and size appropriate. I got all my kitchen cabinets cleaned and organized with Jeff's help. Now I have the basement and scrapbook room still to do but I just can't get motivated. I have box after box filled swith things to sort for a yardsale I am going to have this spring. I just keep putting it off but one day maybe I will tackle that. Jeff was shocked when he came home to find a clean and organized closet that he had been wishing for months now would look like a closet instead of disorganized chaos. I have to agree I felt a sense of accomplishment and it looks so nice. Now I just have to keep it that way. Good luck and I'm sure you'll have great things to say to the group of moms. I learn alot from reading your blog.