Of late I’ve been contemplating if I have reached any of my organisation goals. Am I really any more organised than I was at the start of the year??
I wanted to de-clutter the house and make our spaces work for us, make a plan to actually get some housework done, stay on top of the laundry, manage to get us all out of the house and to wherever we needed to be on time, to sort out shopping and cooking and food, not leave Christmas till the last minute and just generally feel like I was not chasing my tail all the time. So how am I doing??
De-cluttering – Um… not so hot.
We had a few big chuck outs and we’ve definite got less ‘stuff’ than we did at the start of the year. I’m a lot more ruthless with getting rid of ‘stuff’ than I used to be. We’ve also got better sorted ‘stuff’ and at times we’ve been almost clutter-less in one or two rooms, but then of courses it creeps back in and at the moment we are practically drowning in stuff. I want to have one last chuck and organise of stuff before the end of the year and then let it go… with the renovations hopefully starting in the new year we’ll be drowning in stuff that has been temporarily displaces but in the long run we’ll actually have some storage so no point stressing about it too much I reckon.
Housework – not to bad
The Twinadoes and I have dubbed Tuesday as ‘clean up day’ They have afternoon kinder so we rarely manage to do anything else but potter around the house in the morning, so what better way to spend that time than by having a bit of a vacuum and a mop and a scrub of the toilet. I am not over the top anal about it.. if something comes up and we are not home we don’t do it, if The Baldy Boy is sleeping between night shifts we just don’t vacuum but on the whole Tuesdays is clean up day. The Twinadoes have proved to be supremely helpful. Izzy has a passion for cleaning the toilet – who’d have thought it? – and I am encouraging it for all I am worth. They will both happily wipe down the kitchen cupboards and un-stack the dishwasher and will wash dishes with joy. Now if only I could find something that Muski could help with, because his current activity of hanging off my leg crying to be picked up is not all that helpful.
Laundry – on and off
My goal has always been to get to the bottom of the dirty wash baskets… and I still yet to manage that. But when I am not being slack and am actually doing my planned – one loaded washed, one load hung and one load put away each day we don’t do so bad on the laundry front. But then when I get slack with the laundry and I start putting it off (like now) we get snowed under quite quickly. I constantly suck at the putting away thing.
One day, when I actually have a laundry, I’m going to try the individual wash baskets for each family member thing and see if that helps.
Getting out On Time – off and on.
We mostly manage to get to kinder on time and seem to have that early morning routine down nicely. Getting to other things on time, with all three kids in tow…. I think we have gotten better. If I really really try to be organised in advance we can manage it… if I think I can wing it on the day, we usually can’t.
Shopping, Cooking and Food – work in progress.
We trailed a six weekly shop, but it just didn’t work. It was just too big to do 6 weeks of grocery shopping all at once and too hard to co-ordinate it around the Baldy Boys shifts (since I couldn’t manage to do the shop on my own). So we are back to monthly shops and much happier.
I think I am getting better and better with the cooking thing. I cook so many things these days that I would never have dreamed of a few years ago. I am still working on the loaf of bread, but I can do naan and foccacia with a small child clinging to one hip! We’ve got a pretty decent rotation of meals happening and as long as I don’t get slack we manage pretty well. Always on the look out for new things to try and cheaper ways to do things – especially now that Izzy has gone all picky on us. Can you believe she has gone off home made meat pies and on to lettuce! What four year old chooses to eat lettuce for dinner???
Christmas – is creeping up on me!
I am slightly more organised than I was last year, but still have a lot to do in a short space of time! I still have a list a mile long of things I want to make – I am waiting on some supplies to arrive before I can start which is a bit of a bummer. Other things I just need to stop putting off and go start them… story of my life really!
I am not sure if it is making things easier or harder but we’ve made plans to go away camping around Christmas time this year, so we have all of that to organise. It does mean we won’t worry too much about decorations for home, and we won’t be juggling family commitments on the day which will be a nice change. We are just so looking forward to getting away and spending time on the beach with the kids and some really good friends, so despite having some extra work to do to get organised it is a really lovely positive thing we are all looking forward too.
So do I still feel like I am chasing my tail?? Sometimes. Mostly though only when I am being lazy and slack… which I allow myself to do every now and then. No point being crazy about all this organising stuff, but when I get that tail chasing feeling I know I need to put some effort in to dig my way out of the hole again. I have no desire to be the ‘perfect little housewife’ and always have a hot meal on the table by the time my dear husband gets home, and have children who tidy their room and to make my bed as soon as I leap out of it… no… that is not me… (stop laughing Mum…. some people reading this might truly believe I make my bed and have a tidy room….) I just want to live in a house that is not a total dump, have clean clothes to wear now and then, have decent food to eat that doesn’t blow the budget and not be stressing about the little things all the time…
So how is everyone else doing with this whole ‘being a mother and housewife’ gig? Does anyone really leap out of their bed in the morning and rush to make it???