Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Listen To Your Mother

"Me Me, your car kind of looks like that show Hoarders."

That's a line that you never want to hear from your 6-year-old nephew.

In my defense, my car isn't THAT bad. Just look past the pile of reusable grocery bags and six half-empty plastic water bottles (and, yes, I see the irony in the previous words) and push the three jackets out of your way and take a seat!

However, that one line did more than anything else to convince me to start being more diligent about keeping up with the housework.

I just hate cleaning and clutter doesn't bother me that much - or even really at all.

I've tried different systems, downloaded organizing programs and lectured myself but the motivation rarely sticks past a weekend of heavy cleaning.

So, as much as I hate to do this...I'm going to listen to my mother (please don't tell her) and start with the small tasks. This is what she tells me at least once a month when I moan about how messy my house is.

I have always known my mom is one smart lady and my opinion was validated when I saw the quote below.

My mom and Henry Ford think alike. Go figure.

Wish me luck in this journey. I took the first step and moved my boxes of Christmas decorations from the dining room to the garage (next step is to con a brother-in-law into carrying them up the ladder to the attic).

Small jobs, people. Small jobs!

I probably won't blog about my progress - no one wants to hear about the bookcase I dusted or the stack of magazines I threw away - but I'll let you know if I come up with any great organizational tips. Don't hold your breath though!

1 comment:

  1. Are you kidding me?!?! BLOG! I am right there with you and so need the motivation! I'm back to looking to see if any grain bins needs cleaned because that's easier than trying to tackle the house! That, and I know it will stay clean until harvest. There is about a 4-24 window of time in my house before all good cleaning is undone due to children, cat, forced air heat, farmer and family tracking in ....let's just keep in at all kinds of organic material from the farm, and the piles of papers, clothes, and food "stuff" that comes from kids getting off the bus and Mom preparing, cooking, and eating meals. I know the girls are getting old enough to help, but we just run out of hours and minutes in the day right now. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone, AND I do remember it was just as hard if not harder to get motivated when I lived by myself. Toward the end, I had someone come over twice a month, someone who had changed my diapers when I was a baby and was NOT my mom, to help with the mess. It all piles up whether you are a farm family of four or a single woman on the go! Keep fighting the good fight!



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