Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Getting it Under Control

I had one of those days today.  
Not the down and out, everything that can goes wrong does go wrong kind of days, but one of those rare, I’m full of energy and motivation and I want to get my house under control kind of day.
And I took advantage of it.
After dropping the boys off at school I ran to Wal-Mart and bought some of those clear plastic organizational drawers, and a sweet dirty laundry organizer with 3 mesh bags to sort the laundry into. 
Then I came home and set to work.
First I went to the laundry room.  I had to get it under control.  My Little Princess and my charge have made a game out of throwing all the items in her room… and anything else they find around the house, down the laundry chute.  The laundry room had become a mess of toys, books, shoes, spoons, random sheets of music, and of course laundry. 
The first thing to do was to get all the laundry out of the way so I could start taking care of the rest of the mess. 
I opened my new laundry sorter box, only to find a mess of PVC pipes, and joints and mesh bags. 
“Oh Crap.”  I thought, “I’m going to have to put this together myself.” 
Now I know most of you will laugh at this, but I am easily intimidated by anything that requires even the smallest amount of assembly.  If it is at all possible I always put things off until Doc can come home and do it for me.
“I can do this.”  I told myself.  I have seen doc put many things together, and I’ve learned that it’s never as complicated as it looks.
It took me a few tries, but I’m proud to say that I did finally put it together!

It took me 2 hours to go through all the junk that those kids threw down the chute… and this was the second time I’ve had to clean it up.  But once I was done it looked so dang good!  I swept up the room, sorted all the laundry into the bins and admired how fantastic the room looked once it was clean and organized.
After I folded several loads of waiting laundry I went downstairs to tackle a corner of the room that I’ve adopted as my little sewing/craft area. 
I’m in love with all the different sizes and shapes of these plastic organizational drawers!

I’ve got a drawer for my scrapbook stuff, my ribbon for making bows, yarn, needlepoint floss and patterns, paint, wood plaques, sewing patterns, quilting blocks I’m working on, and a whole set of drawer for all my extra fabric.  This little corner has never looked so good!
What I find really interesting is that once a space is clean and orderly, I have a heightened desire to go and use that space.  There are so many projects that I want to start… and several that I found that I need to finish.
I’m grateful for days like today when I have the motivation and energy to get things done.  I wish that I always had this much energy, but… I’ll just have to make sure that when these days do come around that I take advantage of them, and really get things down.
Hopefully tomorrow I will have the energy to clean the play room…

1 comment:

  1. I used to very organized and loved cleaning, I know..crazy! Now we live in not so clean house but at least I keep the clutter picked up! I learned a long time ago not to let too much pile up or I'd never dig out. Mom was a very good housedkeeper so I learned from the best. It's hard when you're raising kids because they just make constant messes, like little dustclouds running along! Love the laundry bin and the giant drawers, a place for everything...