Back on the wagon, more organizing challenges, cleaning up and out.

23 May

Phew. I need to stop falling off the blog wagon. I enjoy it, and I need to make more time for it.

I’m doing more organizing. Well. Really, first I’ve been doing some MASSIVE purging. I just couldn’t take it anymore. So far about 50 bags of “stuff” has left my house via the Vets through Pickupplease.com (so they literally just come pick it all up out of my driveway. SCORE) several boxes of books went to the library, some stuff went to the kid’s consignment shop and some has been sold privately. Mostly just donated- it’s easier than dealing with people.

In any case. It’s going or gone, but I’m sure there is more to go. It’s a process, I can tell you. It’s also just a JOURNEY. To just start letting go of all this stuff- stuff I kept just in case, because someone gave it to me or for whatever other excuse and just let it go has been very liberating, very lightening. I’ve been following a few blogs on “simplicity” and “minimalism” and while I have no plans to become a true minimalist (I really love the ridiculous and unnecessary sometimes!) I like the idea behind it and would like to live closer to minimalism on the spectrum than “Hoarders.”

Now that a lot has been cleared out, it needs to be “organized.” Right now I’m following the mini organizing challenges on A Bowl Full of Lemons. Last week was the utensil drawer. Now, I don’t have one of those, so I’ll show you what I did instead.

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Forgive the lighting, it was 6am. But this is just a box thing from the organizing section of Lowes, in it are a few pint size mason jars holding my different utensils. One jar for the kids’ stuff, spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks and straws. This is a little partial divider wall between the kitchen and dining room so it’s really accessible from either space which is great as the kitchen is gated off. I also find this is very easy for entertaining, if I need spoons for dessert I just grab the jar of spoons and put it on the table, or plop this whole thing down at the beginning of the buffet. 🙂

This week…. the purse.

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My discount cards, membership cards, library card, etc on a ring, my $3 Asian market wallet, and my cash envelopes. This system will be getting an upgrade shortly….

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2 cloth diapers, under here is a wet bag and wipes. 🙂

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This is in that front flap pocket

There is also lip balm in the front flap pocket (Burt’s Bees. :)) and my cell phone goes in the zipper pouch. I usually have a hand sanitizer that clips to one of the rings for easy access, my keys clip to the other side. My sun glasses  go on top of my head. I love this bag, it’s a great size and the style is perfect for baby wearing, so I can reach whatever I need, and the organized compartments make it so I don’t even need to look when I go reaching for stuff if I know what pocket it’s in.

So that’s that! I’m looking forward to more mini challenges and starting another 14 week whole house challenge. I am also looking forward to making my way back here just a little more often…

Have a great day!

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Messy Monday

29 Apr

We’re here again. I’ve been working hard. I have. But the whole house has been in a state of chaos for some time now. The 14 week challenge has ended, and I made some progress, but I’m starting back at week one again. There is more to be cleared out. More to be organized. It’s an on going process. 

I cleared out over 10 garbage bags of stuff that was picked up by the Vets, and my goal is 15 boxes/ bags for them to pick up tomorrow. Another 5 next week. That will have cleared out a good chunk of “stuff” I’ve been hoarding. 

The camera is on the fritz, but I’ll try to add pics in here ASAP. I’m starting this week with the kitchen. It’s…. Gross. I’m just going to say it. It’s downright gross. So. We’ll see how this week progresses. 

Feel free to join me on my journey, round 2. Post your link in the comments 🙂 

The guy at GNC says I need more sleep.

24 Apr

No kidding. 

But. I’ve realized. It’s all worth it. 

Yes. Yes it is. 

 

“They” (the magical they, whom everyone always quotes…) say start small, baby steps for changes. I say. Forget it and if the mood strikes you, go for drastic so you can see the results, feel the ache and know you are on your way. 

This blog is all about becoming the best wife and mother I can be. Sometimes… you just need an overhaul. I don’t know how it started. I’m clearing the clutter hard-core now. I’ve started training for a 5K and I’m on a mission to be a better mom and utilizing all available tools. So I’ve hauled out a good 20 bags of “stuff” that was donated, with still more to go, I started the couch to 5K plan, adding in a squat challenge (day 10- 105 squats) plus yoga and boxing to keep me interested and walking twice a week with a friend and our kids. I’m playing with the Crummy to Yummy free 10 day course (day 3) to help me find more mama yumminess and practicing being a more yummy momma and present momma. This has all been going on the past 2 weeks or so. In addition… I started myself on a 30 no spending challenge, inspired by this post at ZenHabits.com (a blog I love to stalk….) 

I’m tired. I’m tired physically and emotionally, and there is nothing GNC guy can give me. But it’s all a good tired. A tired from a momma who spends nights cuddling babies and spends days creating a comfortable home and becoming a healthier, more fulfilled person.

And maybe… Just maybe… Hubs will get up with the twins one day this weekend so momma can sleep in. 🙂 

He is Risen!

31 Mar

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

Halleluja! He is risen!

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On this Easter, or, Resurrection Sunday, Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and redemption. What more is there to say, but that I’m eternally grateful.

I hope everyone has a blessed Sunday enjoying family and friends!

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This Moment

29 Mar

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Joining SouleMama with “This Moment”

Sunday Thanks

24 Mar

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

It is Palm Sunday, the day to commemorate Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Tomorrow Passover begins at Sundown and the Easter holiday is upon us. There is so much to be thankful for! 

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Today, I’m thankful for the preservation of history and the availability of technology to share memories with family and friends who are geographically distant. This photo of my great-grandpapa came across my newsfeed via facebook. It was taken two years before I was even born, but what a treasure. I only slightly remember this man, but I know he was an amazing story teller and infinitely kind. Through the power of technology and social networking I’ve been able to learn more about my family and stay in touch. It’s such a treasure….

Messy Monday… what the heck happened?

18 Mar

How does this happen? I organized… I cleaned. I had proof. This post, it proves it, you saw it. It WAS clean…. 

And after only an hour and a half of being awake… This is what my messy Monday looks like: 

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*le sigh*

In terms of the 14 week challenge, the living room is actually THIS week, so I’m a little ahead. It won’t take long for this to get put back together, at least. So for my personal challenge I think I’m going to tackle the sun porch/ “gym” area. The goal is a place for the boys to expend some energy, a place for me to work out and a little sitting/ gaming area for the big people. A tall order, I think which may take more than 1 week. I need to find a table for out there, (I’m thinking a round dining table) and clear out a lot of clutter. I also need an organizing solution for our reenacting gear and work out equipment. I want to have the baby cage around the treadmill, and let the boys roam free in that room. We shall see…. So, here you have it. The sun porch as it is…. 

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Boy do I have my work cut out for me, huh? 

 

Oh! And if you would like to share your messy mondays with us, post your link in the comments! 🙂 I don’t know how to make a button for you to grab but we can be old fashioned and post links.