I've decided to shift my posting focus from Home Decor to Organization. I promise it's not forever, just bear with me for a moment. Remember when I talked about my "not doing it all" a couple of weeks ago when I said that no one would want to see the two week old birthday party crap piled in my living room? Yeah, well that was a week and a half ago, and it's still there. At least it's all contained to one laundry basket now, so that's progress, right?
Well here's that problem, I don't have a plan. I've got two small kids who like to make big messes all over the house. I've got a cat who sheds like crazy. And I'm just freaking exhausted.
So here's what I've begun to realize. I can't get organized if my house is disorganized.
Does that make sense?
So I'm changing focus. My goal is that each week, I get one room organized. Actually, that seems a little ambitious, so maybe it will be two weeks. Either way, it will be all about purging, decluttering, and organizing.
Last weekend, I spent four hours straight cleaning and organizing my bedroom. Just the BEDROOM! (*sidenote, did you know that Peeps marshmallows don't dry out like they used to? How do I know that? Because I found a half empty package of them in my closet leftover from the kid's Easter baskets goodies. Yes, it was THAT bad). It's 90% finished and I'm hoping to complete this particular project this week. Then on to the the living room and kitchen.
What's my motivation you ask?
I happened upon a blog called A Slob Comes Clean a few weeks ago. FINALLY! Organizational tips that really seemed to "get" me. I am not one of those people who LOVES cleaning their homes. If you are, you might want to just stop reading now. The blog author, Dana White, has written an e-Book called 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, and she was kind enough to give me one to review.
I have tried to follow many a "Four Weeks to Organizing Your Home" type of program, but the fact is, if my home isn't "neat and tidy" to begin with, this just isn't going to work for me. While I'm decluttering my junk drawer, the dishes are piling up and so is the laundry.
Dana's steps are clear and simple, and I actually WANTED to follow them. She suggested that I didn't just need to "clean," I needed to change habits.
Still with me?
So I read through the e-Book, and began to implement some of the suggestions and I've already seen improvements. It kind of kicked me in the pants and got me out of this cleaning rut I've been in. And by rut, I mean, I don't wanna do it.
It's amazing how overwhelming a task can become the longer you put it off. I never realized it until reading this e-book. The key is understanding WHY your home has fallen into chaos. Dana's intro described me to a "T" and I finally understood why none of those other programs worked for me. I would look at pictures of their perfectly decorated and organized homes, and knew it was too far of a reach for me to ever get there so I gave up.
Like Dana says, this book is NOT for the mildly disorganized!
Well folks, I'm on week three; my sink is empty, the laundry is caught up and the kitchen floor and counters are tidy AND I actually have time to relax once the kids go to bed and not feel guilty about it. I can sense that habits are changing, and it's a really good thing.
Thank you Dana!
If you are interested in purchasing Dana's e-Book, 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, just click the link to be taken to her blog. It's only $5 and I promise you won't regret it!!
All opinions in this post are my own. I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book "28 Days to Hope For Your Home" to review the product, but I only share and recommend products I would use myself.
Don't forget: the Attitude of Gratitude series begins this Thursday, with my special guest, Vanessa from At the Picket Fence!
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