Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Confession

I have a confession......

 I am not good at keeping up with the housework and being organized in our home. It is not that I'm lazy, I would just rather be doing other things. I would rather be spending time with my husband and kids. I would rather be studying, yes, studying. I would prefer to be out walking, gardening, baking, making healthy meals, visiting friends and family.

So there you have it. I admit it. I am not good at housework and staying organized in our home. Every now and again I get in there and have a good tidy up, usually before visitors arrive, but then I get sick of it and things start to build up again. I bring clothes in from the line and put them on the lounge. Things get left laying around. Paperwork piles up. I will have a big day in the kitchen and then have heaps of washing up to do at night. Sometimes the washing piles up. Our home isn't unhygienic, it's just the little tidying up details that get out of hand. I have been trying to ignore this. I generally turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn't bother me, but it actually does.

 In my course with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition  I'm learning a lot about health and happiness. I am becoming more in touch with myself and the things that make me healthy and happy. There are things I do well, like making healthy meals, but there are also things I want to work on, things I want to improve. That first thing is the tidiness and organization in our home.

 So, I've got myself a little journal and I'm writing things down. Every morning I'm writing down my goals for the day. Things like the washing, going for a walk, keeping the kitchen tidy, the washing up done, bringing the clothes in from the line and putting them away. They are just little things, but they are things that will help me keep on top of everything. Things that will help me to feel more organized. I am starting out small, with little things, and I'll build on my list as I go. Baby steps. I find that when making changes, baby steps are important. If we try to make huge changes in one go we set ourselves up to fail. Baby steps, one small step at a time. I'm setting myself up to succeed.

 Anyway, enough chatting, I'm off to begin on my little list.
 xxoo Julie


  1. I have to confess I am a neat freak :) I like order and I like things in their place, and you will usually find my home neat and tidy. Part of it is the fact that we have a tiny home - a one room schoolhouse, so everything is pretty much visable from everywhere. The other part of it is the fact I can't relax if there are things not done, so I do them.

    Good luck on your journaling, it sounds like a great idea. I am a list maker too, so there is always a running list of what needs to be done.

    Yes you can call my a "type A"....I am.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend Julie.

  2. Thanks for your comments Kim.

    I want our home to be tidy, clean, organised and clutter free. I am a woman on a mission.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend too. xxoo

  3. Sounds like a great plan, Julie. As you know, I'm like Kim C-O, a neat freak. I can't cope with mess. I think that's been the most difficult thing about the move to the block. The mess! As it's slowly becoming more and more tidy outside, I'm feeling more and more like aI like it here:) Your house is always spotless when i visit - you must be madly cleaning before we arrive;) x

    1. I'm sure you'll like it at your new place when the mess is gone Kim. It is such a pretty spot and you have got more room. Yes, I do have a clean up before you arrive.(LOL) xxoo

  4. Julie, I am very similar to you. I have found that slow and steady is the best way for things to become routine for me. I usually try to fit in too much at one time and never finish one thing completely.

    I also started real slow and had one small place in every room that I made sure was clutter free throughout the day such as the top of my dresser, the counter to the right of my fridge, the computer desk top etc. After making it a habit to keep them tidy I was able to slowly expand my areas.

    I also found I was not lacking in motivation it was the discipline I was lacking.

    1. Thank you for your ideas Elizabeth. xxoo