How DO people keep an organized and clean home????
Hi! I went for a search through yahoo last night and somehow found this site. My search was for housecleaning tips and organization. I found some interesting places, including those that cost money! I'm not sure what to say from here, other than I am seeking a direct path to organization (among other things I'm sure)! LOL
I have a horrible cycle in my daily life, where my intentions are good but rarely do my actions match. I make to-do lists galore. Inevitably, I end up on the phone or at the computer instead of following that to-do list! I have an almost 3 year old dd and a 4 month old ds. So between my bad habits and the kids, my house gets turned upside down. I'd like to blame the kids, but I'm my own worst problem! When I finally decide enough is enough and try to tackle the entire house I get SO overwhelmed. Laundry is stacked to the rafters (either folded in baskets, stacked on dresser tops, or 12 loads of dirty clothes). I've actually had issues as a renter because of my housekeeping *or lack of*. On one side of the coin, I have to say it's not 'dirty' as in filth. It's just clutter and disorganization. I keep the kitchen and bathrooms reasonably clean.
For example: my bills and paper work go in two or three places, my desk, a bookshelf, or an end table by the sofa. I know better than to put themt there cuz when it's time to pay bills I can't find ANYTHING. Or when I need a piece of paper or other information, I search and search.
So far, I've listed laundry and paperwork. Those two are probably my worst. But otherwise, the list goes on. I told my mom one time "I'm a lazy perfectionist!" I want it perfect, but I don't have the energy to keep it that way. Everytime I go to clean, it has to be perfect. But then within a week I'm buried again.....
My husband is a long haul truck driver (owner/operator)for a moving co. He's gone sometimes for a couple weeks. We miss him SOOOOO much. He's really the neat freak of the family. So when he's headed home, say a day or two before he's expected, I do what's called a "Ron clean" LOL And I'm here to say, it's a whole different house when he walks in! I figure he works his tail off to provide for us and makes a huge sacrifice in being gone so much, he deserves a clean house to come home to.
We are in the process of finding a place to move, and my objective has been the last week to organize and 'purge'. The last week I have set out each day to do just that and I haven't gotten very far. So today I will try again. I've went through the kids room and my own, sorting clothes and toys.
This is my quest and the first step is admitting I have a problem, I guess. I love a clean house, I do. But how can I stay on top of it??
Hmmmm. And the search is on. LOL
Anyone reading this, thanks for listening. I plan to use the diary feature here to keep track of my daily activities, in hopes of identifying my weak points......