Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coming out of the Chaos

If you know me well, you know that I am not the most organized person. This is an area that I really struggle with. I always have. But now with a very active, very Mobil 1 year old, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up on household chores. With that said however, I am very diligent in keeping the kitchen clean and making sure that dishes don't just sit in the sink.

One thing that I have noticed in my struggle with the house is how much I miss out on activities at home. For example, keeping Adah's clothes current with her size. She has a TON of size 6 month clothes that need to be rotated out of her drawers. I see them sitting there not being used and taking up clothes space that I need. But I look at her room and feel that my time s better used tidying up the space you can see.

Or Blogging for that matter, I LOVE blogging, but when she is napping have things around the house that need to be done.

Yesterday, I took my mother-in-law up on an offer she has put out for a while now, to drop Adah off for a few hours to play with her cousin, while I get some things done. Being that it was Jon's day off, and that we were having company over we really turned to on the house and REALLY got it clean! When I woke up this morning, the house need minor cleaning as opposed to the previous mornings when a bomb look like it had been dropped in our living room, so I was able to get the house tidy in 45 min. rather than the HOURS in times past. It was really nice to feel so accomplished so early in the morning. And it really got me thing.

I was really noticing how I respond to Adah when the house is clean. We played this morning and I really enjoyed that! Don't get me wrong, we play on a regular basis, but this time there was no time constraint on it, we played until she was tired. It was so fun!

I have really purposed in my heart that I am going to try not to let this be an issue again, but to be constant on the tasks I have before me, and to be diligent in completing them start to finish.

I could seriously go in for days about this topic and how I feel, but I would really like to hear how you fell about it, and what works for you.



Alicia said...

So funny that you posted this because I was just working on a post about cleaning and came across this link:

I was kind of already implementing the ideas but not in 10 min. Sounds like it could really work.

Kristin said...

For me it has helped having a routine. When I get up in the morning I get the kids down at the table for breakfast and while they are eating I unload the dishwasher and then reload it. I quickly wipe down the counters. Then during the day as I use a dish I put it right into the dishwasher instead of letting it sit in the sink. For the living room I keep a laundry basket that gets filled up with things that need to be put away and I do that when the kids have gone to bed. The bedrooms get done at night after bedtime. The bathrooms get done on the weekends. And laundry I do a load a day so it's never a big task. I hope some of that helps. Cleaning is a never ending task. It would also help you a ton if you could set up a playdate with your MIL to take her for a few hours every other week to do deep cleaning.

Frau Guten Tag said...

Well due to financial reasons Joseph didn't have much toys, up until last weekend when we had his first bday party & received tons of toys as presents.

Hubby & I are very neat people, we just can't function in mess. We had also received a gift card & check for Joseph & the day after the party I asked hubby if we could go & use them to get a toy chest. Hubby was thrilled with that idea & it's working really great for us.

I let him have 2-3 toys out of the toy chest at a time & he always goes over to the toy chest & looks in when he's bored with what he has & wants something different. He always has access to his books & small toys, they are not in the toy chest. And his 3 big toys (ride & stride lion, the toy that stands on legs--I don't know what it's called, but I've Adah with the same toy in her pics), & a big ball) are also always available, it's just the in between stuff that we are limiting. I think it's also good because it teaches Joseph to put things away when he's tired of them in order to get something else.

And as soon as Joseph goes down for a nap or at bedtime everything is picked up & put back in it's place, & it doesn't even take 5 minutes to do it.

I do housecleaning about once a week (usually on Fridays), dusting, mopping, vacuuming, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. I don't do all of them every week usually, but I'll do half of them each week & trade off & then it all gets done every other week. But that's just the actual cleaning part of it. Tidying things up we just do as we go, never put it off til later to let it build up. That's just the way we are.

As for clothing, we just don't have enough space to have clothes in the drawer that don't fit. As soon as something fits too snug when I take it off Joseph it goes into a give-away bag in our garage & it's gone for good. When the give-away bag is full we give it away & start a new one.

Tidyness is just very important to my hubby & me. It affects our mood alot. We always jokingly say we're OCD, maybe we are, I don't know, I don't think we're REALLY OCD, we just like things neat & organized.