Monday, January 01, 2007

Do you make them?

I have never really made a New Year's resolution. I have never promised anything to myself because I just don't want to let myself down.

But this year, I have decided to not "promise" anything to myself. This year, I have decided to make changes in how I conduct myself, how I live, and how I want others to live around me.

For example: I am CONSTANTLY on the kids to clean their rooms. I get upset when I see that nothing gets done.

Do you know why? I am too embarassed to even snap a picture of this bedroom of mine, but I lead by example. And I am setting a really bad one.

No wonder my kids want to live in a mess. Because I do. And so does their father.

Do you ever get to a point with clutter that it just overwhelms you? That you get to the frame of mind that it is easier to just say you live a cluttered life than to do anything about it?

I find that my mindset is much clearer when I don't have a dish in my sink, when I am not embarassed if people stopped over on the spur of the moment. It is almost as if I use my kids as the excuse of why we look like a tornado runs through our house every hour on the hour.

But it is because (1) we have too much stuff, and (2) we are slobs.

Now ... we aren't as bad as some of the people that I have seen on Clean House. I mean, I could NEVER live that way. That would drive me insane.

But for a family of five living in an 1100 s.f. house, we have a LOT of stuff.

I envy those people who have a place for everything. I need to have an organizer come into my house and get me organized. I know I would keep up with it. And I know that my kids would appreciate it, too.

So ... that is my lifestyle change. I need to organize and get this house shaped up into something that is liveable as opposed to chasing junk all over the place.

What I need is Clean House to come in and re-do my whole house. I wonder if they would?

There you go. Admitted on the internet. Now let's see if I can do it.


Anonymous local girl said...

I'm in the same boat. I told DH that we either need to rent out a storage space or move to a bigger house. I still haven't put away the girls' Christmas toys because there's no room!

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Great thought meredith! I too need to simplify- this is something I want to try and do myself also- as we begin to get the family room ready to paint I said- "I don't want so much on the walls" Less is more - great concept huh!

7:27 PM  
Blogger jedimerc said...

Happy New Year! And I consider them suggestions, not quite resolutions :)

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

I know Mer, we all have our need a larger space girlfriend, or finish that basement of yours. Or build a room to attach the back of your house to the garage. I find no matter how much space one has, you always can find ways to fill it. I am a bad lead by example person too...
don't bring the white glove over to my house! Keeping things clean is a CONSTANT job and sometimes, I just get sick of it! I seriously could pick up stuff ALL DAY LONG, non-stop..ugh. Don't really have time for that, or money for a maid. So I guess I'll just have to deal :)
Give everyone chores..see how that goes! That is one of my new resolves here. Everyone is old enougth to make a bed and keep their own space picked up.
We will see how that one goes...
You still can stop by anytime, who cares how it looks!?! A friend would never judge another on this one :)

9:46 AM  
Blogger The "Mind" said...

I don't make them, but that is an excellent idea.

Now who is going to come over and organize my house? LOL!

And I feel your pain. We are a family of five living in a 1400 square foot, two-bedroom house. So yes, all three boys are crammed in one bedroom.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Pictures, I want pictures to see the changes you make. I'm in the same boat, complete chaos. Too much stuff! Give me a shovel, and I might find the den.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I despise clutter and I married a pack rat (yeah I know I am nuts). I did not realize how bad it was until Christmas. We had to move the train table from it's perfect spot to put the tree up. I went nuts for days because the train table was now in the middle of the living room. Finally I figured out what was making me nuts and I settled down. Good luck getting rid of your clutter!

12:34 AM  

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