Weekly Challenge: Pick 3 Problem Areas & Tackle Them

You know I’m a procrastinator, right?  Throw a baby into my mix and suddenly I’m an ultra extreme procrastinator!  I have to have my teens help me keep up.  Either they’re watching the kids for me or they’re helping me clean.  It’s OK though, it doesn’t hurt them to work (and I let them get out plenty, believe me!).   But, I do get sick of seeing my messes, even though I’m not all that observant.  The laundry gets out of control super quick!

 

Pick 3 Problem Areas

Now that baby is almost 4 months old, she’s starting to get a little bit easier, so I should be able to get more things done.  Thus, the reason I’m back to this tactic of using my website to motivate myself.

My house explodes on a regular basis.  Seriously!  It’ll look like a tornado went through it, but then we spend 30 minutes picking up and all of a sudden things are a whole lot more tolerable.  But still, my messes are still around.  Just in piles.  In corners of the rooms.  At the end of the table.  On the fireplace benches.

I’ve decided to start tackling my piles.  You know the ones.  The ones I don’t really notice.  They’re normally there, so they feel normal to me.  ;)  I’m actually going to show you a few of mine…….because next week, I’m going to show you that they’re gone.

I’m using this tactic to:

1) motivate myself

and

2) to motivate you!

Laundry

laundry pile

#1 on my list is the laundry in my living room.  We use one of our couches to stack the clean laundry.  When we’re about to fold, it gets knocked onto the floor.  This is a constant problem area for us, because we always have laundry coming in and out.  I often don’t really notice the laundry explosion because it’s something we’re always working on.  This week, my goal is to have that pile there as little as possible.

The Pile at the End of my Table

The Mess on My Table

We have 2 tables we can eat at in our house.  This one serves as a school table, lunch table, printer holder and whatever else I decide.  One day, I was tired of going through things and I just piled it all at the end of the table.  Can you believe someone would do this?  :D  It’s been sitting there ever since, getting messier and messier.  I’ve been ignoring it.

The Piles on my Fireplace Bench

Weekly Challenge

I was given a cute diaper cake for a baby gift and it exploded and has been sitting there like this.  Plus, I’ve got a box of books I need to go through to see if I can sell any of them on Amazon.  Sitting they are.  Why oh why do I procrastinate so?

Your messes may not be the same as mine, but I have a feeling that there’s some part of your life that you’d like to have a little more order in.  Use these weekly posts to motivate yourself!  Show me or tell me what you’re getting done by leaving a comment or sharing on Facebook.

You may notice that I’ve chosen some pretty easy things to get done (or at least they may seem easy to you, lol), but…I’m trying to keep it doable, in this busy baby world that I live in.  We’ll see if I can manage these 3 tasks.

What’s on your list?  What 3 things will you tackle this week?


Enjoy Life & Get the Dishes Done with a Baby

Disclosure: I received a VTech® VM333 Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full-Color Video Monitor so that I could accurately review the product and I was compensated for my time. All opinions represented in this review are 100% my own and are not reviewed by V-tech before publishing.

Enjoy Life AND Get the Dishes Done

 

Life is busy!  For me, with 7 children in the house, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to do.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do love it….but it can get overwhelming at times!  We have so many chores that need to get done on any given day AND I have an infant in the house.  Need I say more?

Watching the baby on the V-tech Baby Monitor

Baby Quinnly does not sleep well, unless she’s in mommy’s arms or in a very still and quiet environment.  Sometimes I wonder how she got any sleep while in my womb, as loud as we are!  The best way for me to get her to sleep to where she actually STAYS asleep is if I lay down in bed with her, let her nurse until she’s asleep and slowly inch away from her.  But, I’ve never felt good about leaving her alone in the room.  I like to be close to my babies and make sure they don’t suddenly quit breathing.  I know, it’s highly unlikely, but ever since I learned about the risk of SIDS, I’ve always watched them close!

So, what’s a mom to do?  Well, in the past, I’ve pulled up a chair to the dresser and worked on my computer, sitting right there in the same room where I could see her.  Other times, I just sat on the bed, reading, napping or working on my computer right next to her until she woke up.  She never seemed to nap very long though.

But now that I have this VTech® Safe&Sound® Video Monitor, I can point the camera right at her and go and get a few things done while watching her the whole time!  The room stays quiet, which in turn helps her to sleep longer.  How awesome is that?  I can even do the dishes!  

 

Watching my Baby with the Vtech Baby Monitor

 

I know, it probably sounds weird to think about me being excited about doing my dishes, but my kitchen has been an utter disaster lately.  Every time I tried to do the dishes, one of the older kids would accidentally wake her up.

 

My kitchen is a mess!

With this baby monitor, once my camera is pointed at baby Quinnly, I can zoom in on her using the 2x zoom and I can even look around the room using the pan and tilt feature.  It pans up to 270 degrees from side to side and as many as 124 degrees up and down.

 

V-tech Baby Monitor.jpg

With the built in microphone, I can hear her sounds.  I can even talk back to her by pushing a button on the monitor and saying something to sooth her.

When she gets older, and a little more mobile, if I wanted to keep my eye on several different rooms at once, I could purchase 1 to 3 more cameras to hook up to this system and keep an eye on every area that my mobile baby or toddler will be.  The monitor will rotate through each of those video’d rooms, show me a split view or even let me stay on just one of them.

For me, the fact that I can keep my baby safe AND get things around my house done is priceless.  Baby needs more sleep.  I need to get more work done.  It’s a win-win situation!  I don’t want to miss out on the simple moments, just because life is busy!  Now, I don’t have to!  And my kitchen is finally clean, too!

 

My Kitchen is Finally Clean

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Decluttering Advice from a “Clutter Manager”

I’ve decided that my official job title should be “Clutter Manager”.  HA!  I can see it now, on my resume, I’ll put on it that I’ve been a clutter manager for 18 years.  I was going to make the title of this post “Decluttering Advice from a Hormonal Postpartum Woman”, but decided that I may make you want to run away scared.  :)  I wouldn’t have blamed you if you ran.  LOL

Decluttering Advice from a "Clutter" Manager

OK, so… you know how I challenged you to get rid of 20 things a day for the month of April?  I’ve actually stayed on target this past week.  Yesterday was my first day to slack and not quite make the 20 on that specific day, but another day, I got rid of double, so I’d say I’m still on track.  Yay me!

As I’ve gone about the house trying to get rid of things, I’ve realized a few things…..

1.  It’s harder to declutter if you’re not also organizing your space.

When I first decided to take on this challenge, I figured that it would be really easy to find 20 things a day.  I could go from my closet to my kids’ rooms to the messy bathroom cabinets, etc.  I didn’t take into account how much I would need to do more than just grab a few things and throw it into a bag.  I mean, yes…..the first few days, I could think of several spots where I could do that, but as the days have gone on, I realized that I need bigger blocks of time.  In fact, day 1, I started by going through my girls’ closet and getting rid of around 20 dresses.  In an effort to find some room in that bedroom, I ended up going back into their room and getting rid of about 20 more on another day.  That brings me to point #2.

2.  You may have to declutter the same space more than once.

It drives me crazy!  I will declutter something rather well (or so I think), but then go back a few days, or even a week or a month later and think, “why didn’t I get rid of that?”.  Sometimes, it takes going back 3 and 4 times before you really see your stuff for what it is.  If you’re not using it, why keep it?  Don’t feel bad if you go back and decide you need to get rid of more.  It’s actually a good thing.  Decluttering is a process.  It is a process of the mind and how it is learning to let go.  It’s not easy!  Especially for a sentimental woman like me.  :)

3.  The deeper you get, the harder it may become.

Especially if you have a fond memory attached to it or if you’re somehow emotionally attached to it.  For example, I ran across a dress that originally belonged to my now 14 year old daughter when she was 4.  It has been handed down through the girls and isn’t looking it’s best any more.  It wasn’t too bad, but it had a stain on it.  I wasn’t going to get the stain off (as I’m horrible at stain removal and taking the time to do it).  I know this about myself.  The last daughter who could fit into it, did not wear the dress very much at all because every time I put it on her, the stain bothered me.  Why, then, does it bother me to get rid of it?  I really had to wrestle with myself on if it’s OK to get rid of it.  Still sometimes, I worry that I made the wrong choice.  Why should I wrestle with it that much?  I shouldn’t.  When I start doing this, the main question I ask myself is an extreme one and one that you may find kind of silly, but it is this:  “Would I be upset about losing this item if my house burned and this item burned up?”.  The answer to  that question, when talking about the dress, is no.  In fact, I may be relieved to  not have to make the decision!

4.  You may want to establish questions and/or rules for yourself.

Do you find yourself wavering back and forth on if you should or shouldn’t keep certain items?  How do you make those decisions?  My answer is to ask myself questions.

  1. Do you love this item?
  2. Will you miss it if you no longer owned it?
  3. Do you have a place to keep this item?  If not, is the item worth finding a place to keep it?
  4. Would you replace this item if you couldn’t find it?

5.  Have a plan on where your decluttered items will go.

Obviously, trash should go in the trash can, but where should the other items go?  I have a friend (and a husband for that matter) who would happily throw clutter away in the trash.  For me though, that causes me extreme anxiety.  LOL.  I cannot throw away something that others may want, need, or pay money for.  It completely stresses me out.  I place them all in a plastic trash bag and put them by the front door.  That way, the next time I go out the door, I can take those items to the local thrift store to donate them.  It doesn’t work very well for me to put them in my car.  If I do that, I will forget that they are there.  If I leave them by the door, I won’t take them until I’m ready to go and drop them off right then.  My husband has been known to drive my items to the thrift shop to get rid of them for me, too.

Have you taken the challenge to declutter this April?  You don’t have to do 20 things a day, but, try to pick a goal and run with it!  Living a life with less stuff to manage is definitely a goal that will make you happier!  I’m getting happier every day!  :)

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