Hello Friends! I’m sharing something a little different with you today. We have had a whirlwind of a summer and start to the school year in our household. The girls are attending a virtual academy this year, which means they are being schooled here at home. That, coupled with the fact that Chris returned last week after 2 months of military training with bronchitis (that Hailey and I now have as well) leaves you with one, super tired and overwhelmed mama.
I often get asked the question “How do you do all that you do?”. First off I’m going to tell you that I DON”T do it all! I’m not going to be one of those people that says in a condescending tone, “Well you know, there ARE 24 hours in a day!” When I hear people say that, I always want to respond “Well, thanks for that lesson! I had no idea!” Ok, enough snarkiness!
Yes, there are times where it might look like I have everything together, but I guarantee you that when I am juggling lots of different things, whether they be the kids’ therapies, activities, school work, housework, and taking care of myself, one (or more) of those balls is going to get dropped. The two that are most often dropped are housework and taking care of myself. Today I’m going to talk about all things house related. Aren’t you thrilled?
Right now, my home is in disarray. After this happening many different times, I have learned two things:
1. When my days are hectic, my house gets out of control.
2. When my house gets out of control, I get anxious and overwhelmed.
It truly is a vicious cycle! I have also noticed that both of my girls get overwhelmed by clutter & excess “stuff”.
I’ve shared with you before that when I have a lot of things to do, I always feel better making a list. I don’t let all that is on that list overwhelm me. Instead, knowing it is written down and that I won’t forget to do something relieves a tremendous burden on me.
A few nights ago I was feeling particulary overwhelmed, so I did what a lot of women do in that situation…started surfing Pinterest! Seriously, I started looking through different organizational boards to get some inspiration. I then made my way to several of my favorite blogs that I read and came across a challenge on Mel’s blog. Her friend, Tamar, actually issued the challenge. I have been reading Tamar’s blog as she shares about her journey following treatment for breast cancer and her desire to eat clean and healthy! Many of you know that my sister, Jenny, is a breast cancer survivor. Jenny and I have talked a lot recently about trying to eat clean so I have enjoyed Tamar’s story.
So, here is the gist of the September Sort It Challenge. Make a list of things that you need to do in your home (inside or out). These can be big or little. Some of mine can be completed in 15 minutes or less. My goal is to get through all of them, however even if I only get through half of them, I will feel great!
1) Clean out junk drawer. (I’m sure we all can relate to this!)
2) Clean out kids’ dish drawer and get rid of old dishes.
3) Arrange pick up of old fridge and washing machine.
4) Clean out laundry room. (This is definitely a bigger project!)
5) Make final plans for home-made Christmas gifts.
6) Clean out craft magazines & books.
7) Clean out bookshelf by blue recliner.
8) Sort through medicine cabinet; dispose of old meds.
9) Clean out Hailey’s dresser drawers. Clothes to Emily and Goodwill.
10) Organize garage sale; donate the rest.
11) Clean out cookbook cabinet.
12) Clean off small counter and set up mail station.
13) Shred pile of junk mail. (my dad will be thrilled!)
14) Sort through tool baskets in kitchen drawer.
15) Clear cabinet space for cloth rags & towels. (Trying to reduce/eliminate our use of paper towels.)
16) Clean out under the sink.
17) Clean out acrylic/rubber stamps.
18) Unpack office boxes in basement.
19) Clean out storage closet in basement.
20) Create a mangeable Project Life (PL) workstation.
21) Put all flair buttons for PL together.
22) Clean out candle cabinet.
23) Spray & pull the weeds around our property.
So that is my list so far! I may add things as I see other areas that need work. I will update my list throughout the month here on my blog. I’m really looking forward to chipping away at this list and getting more control of my home. I know that I will feel so much better with every item that is crossed off.
We just got word this week that Chris will be promoting to Major at the end of September. That means a house full of company coming for the promotion ceremony and the celebration we will be hosting. Even MORE of a motivation to get it done! I definitely work better under a deadline!
Would you like to join me in the September Sort It challenge? I would love that! If you choose to join, leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out. Also, make sure you check out Mel’s blog HERE & Tamar’s blog HERE to see what they are sorting! Thank you Mel & Tamar for the motivation I needed to get it sorted!
Make it great!
I LOVE lists! I started my “clean out” in July, but have been stalled for the past few weeks. I’m back on it and preparing for garage sale in September. I’m with you on the September Sort It challenge! Congrats to Chris on the promotion 🙂
Great Joy! There is nothing like a garage sale to get you motivated. Chris laughs at me and how much I love my lists!
I am in!!! 🙂 Will work on my list this weekend …
So glad you are joining me Sara! Doesn’t it feel great to have the time to get things done at home now that you aren’t working a traditional Monday-Friday job? Miss you!
Julie as you know I do not have a blog. I too am a lister and that helps me in managing tasks big or small! I started a list over the summer of things to do around the house but unfortunately all did not get done. But it’s ok…I am continuing on and adding 2 it. If it’s one thing I have learned is the “to do” list is never done. But like you said seeing things get accomplished can give one great satisfaction!
So true Maran about a to-do list never being done. I heard someone say once “A to-do list is always a work in progress. You remove things from and add things to it. There’s a reason it’s not called a “Ta-done” list! Looking forward to hearing all about all you are accomplishing!
Hi Julie – how wonderful to have you join us! I agree so much with the when the house is out of control then Im out of control scenario. Ill pop over to your sisters blog too 🙂 Im so glad you are enjoying the clean eating posts – its small steps on the way to wellness 🙂 Happy sorting!
Thanks Tamar! Looking forward to accomplishing a lot this month and the relief that it will bring to not only our home, but my spirit as well!
Hi! I can relate with the being anxious and frustrated when the house is out of control. Which seems to be nearly ALL the time SO it’s time for some improvement! That’s where September Sort It comes in! And in the end, the whole endeavour will help another cause – looking after myself…Clean and organised home – Happy and relaxed ME 🙂
Good luck with your list – look forward to keeping in touch as we all embark on this SORTING journey 🙂
Thanks Anna! Looking forward to seeing your progress as well! Blessings!
I’m joining in too! Can totally relate to the vicious cycle – and how it flows on to the others on the home. Great list – looking forward to hearing about and seeing #20 PL workstation. Good luck with your sorting!
Thank you Vanessa! My PL station is such a mess right now. I believe it is one of my biggest sources of frustration. I LOVE working on it, but struggle with keeping a functional space. I have SO much that I’ll never use. Time to purge!
I have joined too…..like you I can’t do it all and the cleaning and housework is what suffers the most. Have a fun month. xx
Thanks Bron! Looking forward to following along & seeing all of our progress!
Oh Julie, you KNOW I love this! I love a good list and a good purge. 🙂 Best of luck to you and I’m looking forward to reading about your progress!!