My last post gained me a couple of comments that I wanted to to talk about. My friend Nicole seriously recommended that I check out the Flylady website. The unfortunate thing about this is I already have checked out her website, joined her group on facebook and bigtent, and get e-mails from the website. The issue is that I have to follow through and actually read and put into practice some of the things that she recommends. Actually my husband mentioned this site to me when he was talking with someone about getting organized at work. I also have the Sidetracked Home Executives (S.H.E.) book, which would be great once I actually put it into practice. The funny part about this book is that it is how my mom trained us to clean house. As soon as I started reading it, I knew exactly what it was. It's really funny how the things that I am looking at implementing in my life as an adult are the things that I was used to as a kid.
The other comment that I got was about taking it easy on myself. I understand the thought behind the comment and I so appreciate the reminder. I just so have to get myself in a place where I am comfortable with how my house looks. That means that I want things to be put away and have things look neat and orderly, but I don't need to have things immaculate. I have 3 kids that are actually still all 2 for another week. I know not to expect too much from myself, but I still need to have some expectations from me and the kids and even my husband (who is really good, sometimes better than I am at keeping things neat).
I have one week completed for my meal plan. I have a bunch of recipes to plug into other days so that I get the rest of the month complete. I still need to get a calendar to hang up on te fridge that I can reuse and erase if things change.
I need to get a little bit better of a handle on my laundry. I know that it will never be fully completed, but I just want to look at my hamper and feel like I am in control not my laundry.
What I really need to do is just start. It does not need to be perfect right away. I need to start with one room and get that completed and maintain it and then I can move on to other rooms and maintain them. Once I have things clean and orgainzied, I just need to maintain and that is the hardest part for me (you would think it would be the easiest). I know once I get to the maintainence stage, I am golden as long as I actually maintain.
Here's to menu planning and organizing my house so that I can actually enjoy my house and not be stressed by it.