I can't be the only one, right?
Yesterday I had a day off from work and I took full advantage of it. BigB had the car since I wasn't working and I had kept both kids home from school as they
Anyway, I am excited to share with you all/y'all (? - Grin) my accomplishments for yesterday.
Are you ready?
Ok, I won't put it off anymore...I only wish I would have thought to take "Before" pictures because it did not look like this before - not even a little...
The container cupboard.
How do you get so many mismatched lids and containers? I had way more than this when I started and I tossed most of it because they had no matches. I can tell you, if I don't get any Rubbermaid containers for Christmas, I will be putting them on my next shopping order. It looks a little sparse, no?
VERY strange things up there. Oh, you see that picture? That is a picture of Jellybean when she was three years old, out at my brother's farm; she fell into the "mud" in the barnyard Why quotations around mud? Ah, it was not mud in its purest form. You know being in a barnyard and all, with horses....
On to the pictures of sheer glee
LOT more colorful, as I have a different colored highlighter or marker for each of us but, I had just bought this calendar for the coming year and have yet to "colorify" it.
I got rid of 4 more bags of trash. Trash? Trash including a small container of onions that got "lost" among the cramming and rotted, and that I have been trying to find 'where is that smell coming from' for the last two weeks. Gross? Yes. Honest? Absolutely.
I never dreamt we had that much useless clutter and garbage just lying around our house. I have another bag of things to go to Value Village and...
There is STILL more...
I guess this is what falling into a funk falling out of a routine will do. It's coming back though! WooHoo! Perhaps I can end this year off right and start 2010 on a totally different path! I like that a lot!
Believe it or not, especially after reading what I have posted here, I really do hate clutter. I feel like I am suffocating when I am around clutter. It weighs on me and I feel "depressed", maybe; I don't know what word really but I think you will understand. When it gets too bad, I feel overwhelmed then I get into the mindset of "why bother? I would have no idea where to start anyway".
Sometimes you just have to pick a spot and start. Once you get one thing done, you feel a sense of accomplishment and it will drive you to carry on. That, my friend, is when, and only when, you begin to make a list of what needs done. Not before hand. It will overwhelm you too much.
Make that list and break it down into as small of goals as you can.
→ clean kitchen
→ clean living room
Not when you are in that place of "where to start" anyway. And not if you are like me.
I like crossing things off a list. Checking things done. I feel great when I can look at a list and see so many check marks - like "wow! I did a lot!" kind of feeling. I like breaking things down into smaller goals so they look less daunting.
'Organize Tupperware cupboard' seems a lot more attainable than 'Organize Kitchen'.
Oh, and once you get a few checkmarks on that list you will have SO much motivation there will be no stopping you! I am off to organize some more...now that our tree is up...
On second thought, I am pretty sure I am glad I never took 'before' pictures...I still have a bit too much pride...