My word for 2012…

Julia mentioned on her blog having a word for the year, hers were personal and inspirational. Her word this year is Nurture which I think is so beautiful. My word is way less glamorous.

I am not tidy by nature, in fact I am a bit messy and disorganized. I would rather be doing just about anything than tidying and organizing. I love these sayings

I saw this sign on Etsy
from GotMojo’s shop how I wish the Rand was not so bad, this would look awesome in my house.

1. I’m creative; you can’t expect me to be neat too!
2. So this isn’t Home Sweet Home… Adjust!
3. Ring Bell for Maid Service…If no answer do it yourself!
4. I clean house every other day…. Today is the other day!
5. If you write in the dust, please don’t date it!
6. I would cook dinner but I can’t find the can opener!
7. My house was clean last week, too bad you missed it!
8. A clean kitchen is the sign of a wasted life.
9. You may touch the dust in this house…but please don’t write in it!
10. Apology…Although you’ll find our house a mess, Come in, sit down, converse. It doesn’t always look like this: Some days it’s even worse.
11. A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious.
12. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
13. A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
14. Help keep the kitchen clean – eat out.
15. Countless number of people have eaten in this kitchen and gone on to lead normal lives.
16. My next house will have no cupboards, just vending machines.
17. Dull women have immaculate homes.

The result is that things get a bit chaotic and I can never find anything. I get frustrated and I think that actually the chaos and stuff makes me cranky and irritable. I am never going to be perfectly tidy but I know that this year I have to work on ways to make the house flow better and be more managable. I have seen some good storage ideas from Pinterest. So my word for 2012 is ORGANIZE

I have started with the school room which I have cleaned out, put half the puzzels and games away and then will cycle them around after a few months. All stationary has a labeled pot or box so lets see how long this lasts.

I have done Rachel’s room, I found it best to do it without her help at night, so I put her to sleep in my room and then worked on hers. Threw out, reorganized and got her new storage boxes. I hope it helps.

Caleb’s room, the study and the Earth Babies room to go. Then I am determined to keep things tidy and work at more ways to make things easier to keep this way.

*** Disclaimer I am sure there are many lovely women that have very tidy immaculate homes. My friend Sharon is one of them and she is not dull, but the sign still makes me giggle***

6 thoughts on “My word for 2012…

  1. ORGANISE is Excellent.

    I am like you and by no means a neat freak. But I find that if there is no order then I lose it. I become miserable and cranky and I automatically feel more tired and overwhelmed.

    Just take one room at a time. One area in your life at a time. You can totally do it.

    I have been very busy with spreadsheets this past week. I put EVERYTHING on there. Stuff I plan to knit, which crafty things I hope to experiment with this year, menus, shopping, budgets, outings for the kids etc etc. I even have a friends/social spreadsheet. This weekend I’m going to be walking around my kids rooms. Armed with a black bag.

    I totally envy people like your friend Sharon who have tidy, immaculate homes. I want to be like that when I grow up.

  2. LOL I read this post and thought, shew she didn’t mention me this time and then I saw the disclaimer! ROFL.
    Being tidy and organised is hard work. It doesn’t come naturally to me and I have to work at it. I also know that when my surrounds are disorganised and messy I am a cranky miserable cow and so work to keep it reasonably organised. It is hard and you will slip up but keep at it. I’ve learned over the years to tackle it one step at a time. Break it up into chunks you can manage. When I recently did a spring clean and sort out I could have done everything in a day and a half. Instead I took a week. That made it manageable and also kept me motivated. Good luck Sal, I know you can do this πŸ™‚

  3. So can identify with all those quotes. I started on minimalism last year but my kitchen has magnets build-in so all the stuff moved back and more gets pulled along. And that was that.
    But I do agree with the others, I get cranky so often and mostly because I can’t find stuff, and everything is so disorganised.
    Hopefully, ons day I can say what Sharon says. But maybe I should follow your example and add another name to 2012 – minimalist / organised / neat.

    Keep us posted so we can stay motivated… πŸ™‚

  4. Hey Sally!

    I can so relate! has really helped me a lot in this regard.

    Very important to take babysteps, setting up the habits that will keep it that way. The key principle underpinning Flylady is love (FLYlady= Finally Loving Yourself)

    All the best

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