OK, just for fun, I’m going to use last week’s ‘after’ picture as this week’s ‘before’ picture.
Last week’s ‘after’ picture:
Some of the changes are subtle, but I’m pretty happy with how things are going. I’m thinking about checking in on a different clutter hot spot next week.
Maybe The Desk of Paper Clutter Madness?
That could be fun.
Or productive, anyway.
- Still working on getting the house ready for a playdate! I’m making progress…and I’m taking pictures!
In high school I was one of those kids with laundry (both clean and dirty) – and everything else all over the floor of my room. I thought it was cool.
Oh yes, I did. I also thought that I knew right where everything was.
I no longer make such claims.
It did get a little better in college and in my single days, mostly because of positive peer pressure from my roommates.
In more recent years I have not done very well. Check out this before pictures from when I cleaned out my master bedroom closet:
For many years I was pretty good at washing the clothes, but then they would sit in a crumpled mess in a basket or a pile on a bed or couch. Clean, but very wrinkled. And do I seem like the ironing type to you?
I finally got fed up with that nonsense and realized that I should not take the laundry out of the dryer unless I was folding it that instant! So for about a year I folded things as I took them out of the dryer. Big success!
Now I am brave enough to take them to another location and fold them right away.
One of my recent goals has been getting the folded clothes put away! I have clean, folded clothes, usually in baskets, sitting around.
Here’s what I’m working on:
- I try to put my folded clothes on my side of the bed and Mr. RSS’s on his side, and we each put our own away. That works pretty well when I do it.
- Ella (7) can put her clothes away – I just need to remind her.
- Gabe (5) can’t reach his drawers very well, so I need to either keep doing it myself (and actually do it instead of leaving them in baskets), or get him a step stool, or something. The other problem is that one of his drawers is broken and if you pull it out too far, the whole drawer falls out – so we need to fix that.
- Anna (1.5) All she wants to do is open any drawer she can get to and take everything out. Then possibly cram some things back in. Next, she likes to close the drawer on her finger. She obviously needs some work in this area! 😉
- Cleaning out and organizing more of the closets and dressers will make this easier.
I’m also working on keeping up with Mt. Laundry, which has become a landmark in our basement…until now. I have some great before and after pictures to show you, but I’ll save them for later in the week. Oh the suspense!
What are your laundry successes or challenges?
I sort of forgot about the kitchen island post until late in the morning today. I took a picture, but I was determined to make improvements. I just wasn’t willing to let it sit like that today. Hooray for determination!
So here’s my before picture:
I didn’t have time to properly clear it all off, so I decided to time myself for 5 minutes while I worked on clearing it, and then take another picture.
The five minutes seemed to fly by, and I was making good progress, so I decided to give myself 1 more minute timed.
After that, I was still super motivated and really wanted to work on it for just 1 more minute (and that’s really all the time I had anyway).
So after 7 minutes (plus a quick wipe of the sponge), here’s how it looked:
I really need to remember that timer thing again. The timer helped me to stay focused and it helped me to work fast! Now, I can get work done on the island and the clutter that is left doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
How are your clutter hot spots doing?
Here’s the picture for today:
Not great, but of course it has been much worse.
I generally like to keep things light around here, but I have to tell you that I’ve had a tough day today. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed.
I’m doing a little better now. I’ve been praying about it all – that is so good for me. My sweet husband is a great encouragement to me, too. And I had some chocolate cake and tea (see pictured above). Now I need some much needed rest. And I do have hope for tomorrow. Starting with right priorities, then one bite at a time, one step at a time. And not in my own strength.