Do you ever look around your house at the projects, the messes, and maybe general disarray and think “I can’t wait until I have the time to tackle this”. I feel like that’s how I’ve spent much of the last two years. As a mama of two 2 year olds who works full time, I know I’m just like many of you who have conflicting demands on your limited time and energy. And ever since my munchkins came along, I’ve had every intention of “finally” getting organized and living in that state of simplicity and ease. Well, I’m sure I’ve had fleeting moments of that (I think) but overall, I generally feel like I’m crazily running from one thing to the next and always feeling like I’m dropping the ball in one area of another. And most of the time, the area where the ball gets dropped the most is the house. Laundry is forgotten (until hubby says he’s wearing his last clean undershirt), piles of stuff get taller, paper gets hurriedly gathered and plopped on the desk until I “have time” to go through it. It feels like a never-ending cycle, all the while waiting for that magical moment when I HAVE TIME.
Well, after feeling this way for about two years, I’m tired of waiting for time to magically appear. If it hasn’t happened by now, it’s not going to. I’ve decided that if getting the house under control is important, I need to MAKE time. It will be the rare event that I will have multiple consecutive hours to tackle a huge project (or several smaller ones). That usually only happens if my parents take the kids out for a fun adventure, which does happen but not every weekend. So recently I’ve wrapped my brain around the concept of finding and using 5 and 10 minute blocks of time to just do SOMETHING. Here are just a few things I’ve done in the last few weeks:
- The kids are quietly playing for a few minutes? I grabbed a plastic bag and gathered up the outgrown baby clothes that had been sitting on their dressers for… a while.
- Both kids are napping at the same time? (which happens almost never, but CAN happen) I went through four huge black garbage bags of linens that had been sitting in our back room since we moved… in July. I wound up donating 90% of what was in there, which felt great.
- Everyone has gone to bed for the night? I took 10 minutes to fill up with Keurig’s water tank, put some dishes in the dishwasher, and wiped off the counter. (Why is it that things like this take so much LESS time than I think they will?)
The feeling of accomplishment after just these few little things was HUGE and felt so good. It was exactly the feeling that I’ve been searching for for the last two years: that feeling that I AM in control, I AM capable of getting things done, I CAN do this. I CAN create and keep a peaceful and orderly home for my family.
This is my wish and encouragement for you too. As we look to a new year coming at the end of this week, I would love to hear your goals for the coming year and what stumbling blocks may be standing in your way. Let me know in the comments below! I’m confident we can make progress and tackle our organizing goals, TOGETHER!