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Deadlines Are Great Motivators

Today’s stats

Chocolate consumed: 2 x funsize Mars Bars, 1 x hot chocolate

Toilet timeouts: 0

I’ll admit that the last month has been hard for me in the motivation department.

It’s very hard to keep motivation up when rooms I’ve already organised are falling back into disarray as I move onto other rooms to organise. *sigh* (In case you’ve been wondering why I haven’t posted any more before and after photos, this is why.)

I do think once I finally get this place fully organised and get into a routine of maintainance, it will be easier. But at the moment, while my house is still in a state of getting organised I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. The idea of the bit-by-bit approached worked well in the beginning, but falling behind, then finding I was having trouble keeping on top of finished rooms started the build up of feeling overwhelmed again, which led to my old fall-backs of procrastination and avoidance. (Plus a teething baby and sick children didn’t help.) Chocolate consumption increased and there were a few toilet-breakdown-moments.

Then came the breakthrough.

I’m pretty sure I can attribute it to the sudden realisation that there was less than a month to go before boy wonder’s birthday! Eep! I need to get my butt into gear. Big time.¬†Instead of falling apart at the thought of how little time I have left, I’ve found new determination.

So the last few days I went back into boy wonder’s room (which I had abandoned weeks ago to move onto other rooms). Apart from a few bits and pieces left to sort, it’s actually looking good. Decluttered, updated and ready to show off to all his little friends at the party.

I also have another little motivator:

Bubs has started crawling! So I also have new determination for keeping this place tidy, or at least keeping the floor picked up and vacuumed.

Here’s a rundown on how I’m progressing overall:

Kitchen: Completed, pretty well maintained.

Dining room: Completed, having trouble maintaining (mostly the dining table, which still attracts a lot of clutter).

Lounge room: Completed, having trouble maintaining (not as bad as before, but toys and washing remain the main culprits).

Hallway/entrance: Completed, not too bad.

Bathroom: Completed and maintained. Yay! At least one room has managed to stay organised.

Laundry: Not quite complete, getting out of control again.

Girls’ room: Completed, needs a good clean up again.

Boy wonder’s room: Almost complete, looking good.

Kids’ hallway: Half complete, looking a bit of a mess at the moment with the stuff I’m still in the process of sorting (waiting for hubby to help me move a cupboard down there so I can finish it off).

Master bedroom: Started, barely. Still a lot of work to be done, but I can wait until after the party if need be, so I’m not too stressed. Our walk-in-robe is nearly complete and staying maintained so far. I haven’t started on the ensuite.

Spare room: Not-yet-started. I actually forgot to add it onto my original schedule. Oops. (Luckily it’s another one that can wait until after the party if need be. Closed doors are great for that.)

Yard: Half-complete. Debris is cleared (ie: broken toys) and I’ve started weeding the garden. We’ve had calves living in our yard the last couple of months, so it’s been hard to get out there and do too much, but hubby finally moved them out over the weekend, which means I can finally start doing something with the garden without fear of all my plants being eaten or trampled!

So I’ve still got a bit of work ahead of me and only 3 weeks until party day, but I’ve got my motivation back.

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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Confession Time

 

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Hitting Snags and Getting Momentum Back

I seem to have lost some of my motivation the last couple of weeks. I don’t know whether the school holidays threw me off and I’ve found it hard to get momentum back because of that, or the fact that it’s been a busy week with the kids (in particular boy wonder’s school production has made this last week more hectic than usual, not to mention having to do a heap of paperwork for our new workers).In any case, I’m falling behind on my schedule with two rooms that I’ve barely started (boy wonder’s and the master bedroom). I also realised I forgot to include our spare room (aka shove-everything-in-there-that-doesn’t-have-a-home room) on my schedule!

So I’ve had to revise my schedule a bit, adding in a week for the spare room and another extra week for the master bedroom and catching up. I figure I can always close the doors to those rooms for boy wonder’s birthday party, but I’d really like the whole house done by Christmas.

Another snag I’ve hit is with upkeep. I think once the house is completely done it will be easier to have a routine in this regard, but in the meantime I’m finding it hard to keep up with tidying the rooms I’ve already finished, while attacking the next room on the list. In general, I think the house is neater than it used to be, but still failing a bit. I’ve been trying to keep on the kids about taking their toys back to their rooms, but they still creep out and hide behind lounge room chairs and under the dining room table. The dining table is still a magnet for clutter, particularly papers, though I’m trying to clear it once a week. And of course, dishes are a constant bane to me. I’m loading the dishwasher once a day, which I was already in the habit of doing, but I’m still finding myself putting off doing the frying pan and oven pans.

My aim for the coming week is to try to get momentum going again. It’s going to be tough, because our bedroom is the one I always put off doing. It’s as much a room to shove things as our spare room, plus it doubles as our home office and I am dreading going through all our paperwork.

How to get my momentum back:

Get my music going again. I’ve found it to really help having my favourite music playing in the background with previous rooms, but have missed it while my computer has been out of action.

Relish in ticking off items on my list. Finish items completely so I can tick it off and feel like I am making progress.

Just do one thing at a time so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Looking at our room as a whole is really putting me off, I need to just focus on getting each part done, one at a time, eg: start with the bookshelf (since my love of books will make that task the most enjoyable).

Wish me luck!

 

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Confession Time

 

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Making This House a Home

I know this is a long post, but I need to get this all out there.

When I started this blog I intended it to be a way to keep myself accountable. My husband believed I spent too much time on the computer and not enough time cleaning. I thought he was wrong. I wanted to keep a diary to show just how much I did all day in terms of cleaning, looking after the kids and looking after all the paperwork for our business. I didn’t think it was too bad to want some time in between to unwind on the computer, especially while having a lunch break or feeding bubs (since I’m not a big fan of daytime TV).

But after a few weeks of starting this blog, I saw there was some truth to what my husband had been saying. There were times where I got a bit lost on the computer for longer periods of time than I intended. But it was not quite as bad as he was making out, either.

Revelations…

I don’t know if the blog prompted me to start looking at my home a bit more or if it was something I would have realised anyway. In any case, I didn’t like the tension the housework issue was causing between my husband and myself. Bubs is starting to sleep better and more predictably through the day now and is more content to play or watch me during her awake times. I made the decision to really start doing something about my house.

I stumbled upon a great blog which I’ve been talking about with a series called 31 Days to an Organised Home. I decided to give it a shot. If you’ve been following my pantry series you’ll know it took me 5 days to complete day 5. Day 6–the kitchen–took me a week. But it propelled me to more revelations…

I realised, in getting this one room organised, things were worse than I’d thought. I’d been deluding myself.

First off–Why I Hate My House

My house sucks. No, really, it does. It’s an old, run down farmhouse. It’s full of holes where mice can get in, mould in the bathroom and until recently most of the windows didn’t even have fly screens (to air the house out meant a house full of bugs or flies). We don’t own the house, it comes with my husband’s job on the farm he manages. It is nigh on impossible to get hubby’s boss to do any improvements on the house (I’m surprised he finally paid for the flyscreens). And it’s hard for us to justify spending our own money on improving the house when it’s only temporary.

The kitchen is tiny, the mice drive me insane, dust gets in everywhere and there is minimal storage space. So I hate my house. And because I hate it, I have no pride in it. It’s too hard to maintain, so I put in minimal effort. As long as the kitchen is clean, the floors are vacuumed and the clothes are washed, that’s the main thing. Right…

Wrong. This house has never felt like a home. Most of our photographs and ornaments have never been unpacked since we moved here. I WANT a home that feels like a home. We could be here for years–I don’t want to spend years living like this.

A New Plan

I’ve started planning for my son’s birthday at the end of the year and one of my biggest stresses with birthday parties is getting the house clean enough for company. This year is the first where he’ll be inviting friends from school and I suddenly panicked at the thought of the school mums seeing my house. I knew if I wanted this house to be presentable, it would take time. A lot of time.

So I’ve come up with a plan. Kind of like the ultimate spring clean, only it’s going to take me the whole of spring to complete. Week by week I’m going to go through the house, working my way around gradually, room by room. I’m hoping this little bit by little bit approach will help the whole process seem a lot less overwhelming (since getting overwhelmed is half my problem).

How the Plan Works

Each week I will focus on one room. For each room I’ve listed what needs to be done to get it clean and organised. I can usually break the list up into 5 main points. I work on one point per day, eg: for the kitchen my first task was to tidy and organise the kitchen bench. If I get extra time I can do more than one point in a day and get ahead, or if I get behind I have two days over the weekend to catch up. I’ve also scheduled a free week in November to catch up on any rooms still unfinished. Fingers crossed I can keep to schedule. This house has to be organised by my son’s birthday party!

Tick of Approval

So far hubby is impressed. He’s already noticed a huge improvement in the kitchen (which I finished just over a week ago) and the dining room (which I’ve been working on the past week). He’s really supportive of my bit by bit approach.

I’ll be tracking my progress on here with photos, so stay tuned. I’ll take some photos of my finished kitchen and share them soon. I warn you, some of these photos will be totally embarrassing. I’m going to lay it all out there.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Confession Time, Getting Organised

 

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