Acorns in my Washing Machine.

It’s April.

I am not ready for April.

I didn’t take into account that it would be April.

You see, this past week or so I have been just getting by. I have been hanging on, just trying to make it to the end of term. Just washing enough clothes to get me through until the Digital Parents Conference. Just juggling children until the Bloggers BBQ. I’ve been planning and organising, and hanging on until we got to this one big weekend.

I know so because this morning I found 16 acorns in the bottom of my washing machine.

I also know that I fed my children apples and mars bar slice for breakfast because that was all we had in the house. And… ahem… I am wearing a pair of my husbands undies.

I’ve got to stop doing this.

I’ve got to stop living for a single day or event and forgetting to take into account what will come after. I have to get my act together.

So this is it, this is the time when I get my act together. This is me doing my own little version of Modern Parents Messy Kids – Organise your Entire Life.

I’ve set myself a handful of goals…

1. Declutter, clean and tidy the whole house before the end of the school holidays.
2. Use a version of this file folder system to organise paper work and important dates
3. Get back on top of meal planning and grocery shopping.
4. Do some blog housework.

I am not fooling myself… if I get half that done in the next two weeks I’ll be happy. But I am also not going to let myself slip back into ‘getting by’ mode… so what is not done now will be done later.

What about you?

Am I the only one who lives for a single day forgetting what comes after?
Is anyone else feeling the urge for an Autumn Purge?
Am I the only one with acorns in my washing machine?

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  1. says

    I know how you’re feeling. We all have gastro here so I’ve been ignoring tomorrow for the sake of getting through today. It’s catching up with me though and I definitely need to start planning ahead again :)

  2. Kiah says

    Wow! They are pretty awesome goals. I am encouraged by your honesty! Last summer i gave myself three weeks to declutter and organise but then half way in i gave up as my school boy terrorised my efforts and i figured it would be easier without him around. Then i get these urges to be a fun mum and take the kids out every day of the holidays. Then i end up panicking and doing none of it, sleeping in, lazing around, letting the kids have their screen time for the peace and quiet!!! You have inspired me to re-think my goals a little! Thanks!

  3. says

    Oh Kate, I felt like you were reading my mind, bar the acorns. lol. But yes it appears as the term goes on things slowly start to slip through my fingers. I’m heading away over the Easter break but beyond that I’m just going to try and get organised and get some perspective. Good luck.

  4. says

    I was like that a week ago… tomorrow doing massive grocery shop for the next month.
    As for the acorns, Country Boy collects them with the kids to feed to the pigs (apparently it makes the pork taste really good) so I am finding them everywhere because the kids tend to pocket the ‘pretty’ ones.

  5. says

    You know my big day was Friday too but for a different reason. We have SO been getting by until last Friday…and then being pregnant I pretty much crashed and burned for the weekend. So now I have a to do list that is all about nesting and getting back to my semi-organised state. We’ll see how I do with a 36 week pregnant belly!

  6. says

    Well. I had feathers in the bottom of my washing machine today. Master 5 wet his feather doona. By the time it finished the spin dry it looked like a cat had mauled a couple of pigeons. Opps.

    Thanks for keeping it real. My house certainly looks like I’m living day to day. I desperately want to declutter. If only I can stop chasing my tail and get the job done.

    Good luck to you. Hope you find that inner peace that comes when you feel organised.

    (Oh, but in the meantime, keep on amusing us, mars bar slice for brekky is hilarious!)

  7. says

    Yes yes yes! We had no food in the house yesterday because I just didn’t have time to go out and do any shopping. Decided to stop the madness and we stayed in today. No playmates, no outings. The boys played while I tidied up one room. Took me all day. And I’m still in my nightie. At 9.30pm.

  8. says

    Yes yes yes! We had no food in the house yesterday because I just didn’t have time to go out and do any shopping. Decided to stop the madness and we stayed in today. No playdates, no outings. The boys played while I tidied up one room. Took me all day. And I’m still in my nightie. At 9.30pm.

  9. says

    Oh yes! The freezer is almost empty because I haven’t done any big cookups for ages and there are piles of paperwork on my desk, the bench in the kitchen, and the dining room table. I won’t talk about the laundry or the other clutter. How can it be April?!? That means my baby will be one at the end of the month! What the?!?

  10. says

    I found your blog today through “What ever Dee Dee wants” it was like reading my own story. So funny. I live in Rural Victoria, I’m renovating, I have 3 kids (I’m 1 short on you) and your post about acorns in the washing machine is almost the same as a post I wrote about 2 weeks ago. Then get this…. I vowed to join MPMK in the Project Organise My Entire Life. Pretty similiar. I have been working on it for 2 weeks and i’m starting to get somewhere (slowly). Hopefully we can both benifit from the help.

  11. says

    I feel the exact same way! I find it very hard to look past a big event! Relived to know I’m not the only one!

  12. says

    Totally me! I’ve been looking. Forward to the Easter break and all the activities ad carchyls that we have planned. I always intend to live in the present and not wish time away (especially while my babies ate still young) but it is such and easy thing to do.
    Our home is a mess, I’ve been working 6 days (4 or 5 hours shifts at night) so things have fallen behind. I menu plan only one or two days then get lax ad I haven’t touched my home routines app in ages.
    And acorns keep turning up around my house. We went to an open garden last weekend so I think miss E might have pocketed some there, but i didn’t notice her do it!

  13. says

    I do this all the time and like you I really need to stop just “getting by.” (In fact, I’m living this right now as I try to furiously finish up a freelance project I’ve been procrastinating). Good luck with the organizing!