Saturday, December 5, 2009

Keeping House

I'm not the world's worst housekeeper, but I'm afraid I rank right up there. It is embarrassing how disorganized my home is on a regular basis.

I love beautifully organized and designed spaces, but for some reason I really struggle to maintain that in my own home. And I can't exactly use the kids as an excuse, because honestly I wasn't very good at it before I had kids.

For any of you who have been to my parent's house, you know my mother is an amazing housekeeper. She can't stand to have anything cluttered or out of order. I feel bad when we come to visit, bringing our chaos into her clean and orderly home. I'm sure she always breaths a sigh of relief when we are finally gone. I wish I would have inherited more of my mother's skills.

The reason I bring this up is because it is my new goal to get my home under control and then see how many consecutive days I can maintain the order!! I'm excited for the challenge!

We'll see how it goes.

If anyone has good tips on cleanliness and organization, feel free to share! I know the main key is getting off my rear and just doing it, but if you have any other good ideas, I'd love to hear!


  1. Amen!! My mother is a neat freak and I just DID NOT inherit those genes. I know that for me if I set a time in the day where the kitchen will be tidied (either morning or night) then I seem to do better. I also do better if I work on the dishes after each meal. (Obviously, my biggest struggle is in my kitchen)

  2. Thanks Jen! Great tips. I do struggle keeping up with dishes. I've decided to make sure things are tidy every night before bed!

  3. You are a brave woman and I applaud you for sharing your "lived in" have kids, are they happy? Better to be happy and spend time with them than to worry too much about cleaning - or so I try to tell myself (wink!) because my house looks like the top picture, um, pretty much within 10 minutes of it being clean. The tiny tornados come in and it's amazing how quickly a floor can get covered with toys!