A friend of mine and I both live alone. You’d think it’d be simple to keep up on dishes for just one person, but we both have found ourselves struggling with dirty dishes piling up in the sink and on the counter. I started paying attention to my actions in the kitchen, and I may have found the answer(s) to my dishes situation. Continue reading
Wish my cats did this!
Several people have told me that these posts I’ve been writing about my on-going struggle with my messy house have been inspiring. We all need inspriation, right? My inspiration started last month when I realized I wanted to try a new chicken recipe and share it at dinner with a friend of mine. But I realized I was too embarrassed to have her (one of my dearest friends) into my house for a strictly casual meal. She’s been so sweet about it, very encouraging. The other day she told me, “Just close the doors on the rooms you don’t want me to see. I promise I won’t snoop.” But how do I close the door on the living room or kitchen when my house is open concept? 😉 Anyway, my inspiration continues to be wanting to cook that chicken dinner. When I finally make it, I’ll share the recipe here if it turns out well.
I’m in the process of writing another post about how I figured out where to start, so perhaps that will be helpful for some people. I know I wasn’t sure where to start or what to do first. My focus is going to change this week, however, from inside the house to outside. I just got a notice from our property managers (I live in a nice 55+ mobile home park), and we need to have our lots looking spic-and-span by mid May for property inspections. So I switched my priorities. Yesterday I spent most of the day weedeating the long grass in the ditch behind my home, and then did some weeding by the house. Today I cleaned the carport (put things away, swept, hosed down everything, washed the car). And started weeding in another spot.
On Friday I’m hiring a girl to come help me with some of the things requiring bending or lifting that my hip won’t allow me to do. I’m fortunate in many ways that I have the time to dedicate to these projects (semi-early-retirement due to health issues). But I also need to be careful not to over-exert myself. It’s a careful balancing act some days.
My office is one of my upcoming projects. I really need to be able to get back in there to access supplies and materials. I keep having to buy new things because the things I already have are buried. A lot of it happened at the holidays when I just sort of used my office as a dumping ground for things that needed to be moved around for holiday displays. Then when the holidays were over, I was just too tired to deal with everything so I tossed the holiday stuff into my office, too. I’ve cleared a path so I can walk into the middle of the room now, but nothing’s useable. Maybe I should take a photo of the “before” and then again after I have my office back.
Do you think it would be helpful and/or inspiring for people to see what a mess it was (currently still is), and how with a little work you can get a lot done you when you focus on one thing at a time, a little bit at a time?
It helps me to know if it helps others when I share these sorts of things.
I started posting housework themed posts on my Facebook page, and suddenly I found this blog coming back to life. People have been reading the posts and pages, downloading and printing out the chore charts, and telling me how my openness about homemaking struggles are such an inspiration to them.
Wow. And here I’d thought about shutting down this blog at the first of the year when I was making decisions about my online presence going forward.
I’m going to start posting my thoughts and experiences here, as well as my Facebook page, so you’re bound to be able to keep on things, one way or the other.
I recently started learning to watercolor, so now I have an additional thing I need to keep organized and clean: art supplies! I don’t have a dedicated spot for doing art, so it takes over my kitchen table. Sometimes I feel as if I spend more time taking out and putting away my painting supplies than I do actually painting. Suggestions welcome. Ideally when I get my decluttering and cleaning caught up, I’m going to turn to the spare room into a art/craft/sewing room. But that’s probably several months away.
Let me know if you’re out there reading this. Just a quick comment to say hi would be awesome! 😀
Floyd the Flamingo