I’m not a neat person.
I mean, I’m groovy, sure. But neat? No. This will come as no surprise to most people who know me, but I feel badly that at the age I am, with 3 children, I’m not a neat person. I’ve gone through neater phases of my life, I suppose, but it’s been quite a while since my house was company ready every day.
Luckily, my friends are pretty fantastic and understand this about me. (Heck, I even have some who’ve volunteered to help straighten up.) It’s not something I’m proud of, though, and I think I even have lost a friend or two over the years because I never invited them over to the house.
I don’t know what finally got me motivated – was I just fed up? Was I tired of the kids leaving toys all over the house? Was I tired of my own embarrassment over the papers piled up on my dining room table? Was I tired of not feeling able to have playdates or friends over for dinner? Was I inspired by the Bradys? (Although, if I had an Alice of my own, surely my house would be clean all the time.)
Perhaps it’s a combination of all of the above, but I’m sick of it, and I’m going to do something about it.
So, Operation Overhaul is underway. These things may not seem monumental to anyone but me, but I’m listing them anyway.
Monday I mopped the dining room floor, and dusted my bedroom floor and threw out a bunch of stuff.
Wednesday I changed the girls’ sheets, cleaned the bathroom, and mopped the kitchen floor (at midnight, on my hands and knees).
Thursday was my super day. After taking the kids to swimming lessons, and taking them to lunch, I cleaned off the dining room table (aka catch-all for every piece of paper in the house), vacuumed the living room and cleaned it up, changed our sheets and Sean’s, had a meeting at my semi-clean house, reorganized all the hair do-dads in the house (and believe me… there are a TON), and baked cookies. (My husband almost had a heart attack, and I told him not to get too used to days like that.)
Today, my parents are coming up. Not so much for a visit, but for an overhaul. My mom (aka – the organizer), wants to clear out my closets in the hallway to make room for more stuff that has no place to go.
Like my yarn stash.
So, today we organize. We toss out stuff we don’t need. We give away toys the kids don’t play with. We de-clutter. We re-arrange.
We won’t be done today, but we’ll have made a dent, and hopefully, soon, the whole house will be neat, tidy, and organized. My vow to myself is to keep it this way.
Do you keep a neat and tidy, always-ready-for-company house?
What are your secrets for keeping everything in it’s place?
How do you train your kids to do the same?
I really want to hear your ideas!!