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HELP! I Need to Get Organized!

We returned from vacation Saturday night and I walked through my house turning on this, putting away that and generally trying to make sure that everything was “okay”. Have you ever been in a space and then gone away from it for a time only to return and find that you see it through another set of lenses?

Isaac's Room

I have had several projects on my “to do” list and have even set deadlines for myself this summer, but folks I’m not going to lie, when I walked through my house I was appalled and ashamed. There was a layer of dust on everything. The kids rooms were in shambles (on the project list). There were toys strewn about the living room, kitchen and bathroom.

I decided it was high time that I do something. So Sunday morning I completely cleaned the living room, cleaned out the refrigerator (of all old contents and washed it down), TOTALLY unpacked ALL of our stuff and put it away (I can say without a doubt that has NEVER happened that quickly), and started laundry. Meanwhile, hubby cleaned out the car, worked on all the dishes I just created from clearing the refrigerator and helped to entertain the kids.

It. Felt. Good. There is so much more to do but I have a tackle list for everything now. Including finally tackling the kids rooms. And just in time to help with how to tackle this project is eBay Classifieds (haven’t heard of them, read what I wrote in early spring)!

Tomorrow, June 10th at 8:30 pm EST there will be a twitter chat (#eBCchat) with professional organizer Monica Friel of Chaos to Order (@chaostoorder), who will discuss multitasking and organizing with children. Um, yes please! Feel free to join in with me if you struggle with how to organize your house WHILE your kids are around. To find out more you can visit the eBay Classifieds Twitter Chat schedule. And if you are looking to score a free label maker, now might be the time because they are giving some away to participants in the chat.

I’ve posted some pictures to show you my current state of disarray. And hopefully to create some accountability over the next few weeks to get it cleaned up!

One of the living room couches.

The kitchen counter and stove!

This post is linked to Real Clean Wednesday at I Dream of Clean.

8 Responses to “HELP! I Need to Get Organized!”

  1. Oh, I definitely need to be at that chat! It’s sooo hard to get things done while little ones are around. Getting ready to travel is a whole other challenge so don’t feel too bad. We all have our moments!

  2. Lynne says:

    Check out flylady.net too!! She has some wonderful ideas for developing routines and being nice to yourself while doing it!! =)

  3. Cathie says:

    Oh, thank you so much for showing us those pictures. So often I believe that everyone in blog land has a perfect house, and it’s refreshing to know that you are a real person!

    • tricia says:

      Ha! I am as real as it comes. And as for blogland, they just show you what you want to see so you don’t ask questions about the rest. :) (I say this as I am taking beautiful pictures of celery on my kitchen table being very careful not to capture the huge piles of bills, coupons and baby toys that litter the other end.) :)

  4. Tami says:

    I”m thinking you and I Need a trip to IKEA!!!!! IT is like organizing wonderland for me:)

  5. I am so glad to see your pictures! Your rooms look about the same as mine and it makes me feel good to know that I am not the only “crazy” work at home mommy that can’t keep up with it all! Thank you for sharing and for the boost of motivation! Any chance you can post after pictures of the same rooms when you are through?

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