Cold Winter Days, Keeping A Clean House, and Organizing
|January 30, 2015||Posted by Emily under Chickens, Organizing, Paper Crafts|
I’ve been working from home a lot more this month-only going into the office two days a week. It’s a really nice change of pace to not have to get up, rush to get ready, then leave for an hour’s drive (and during this time of the year worry about the weather). Instead I’ve been getting up around 6:30 to make breakfast, get ready, then do a few things around the house. I think Gurney likes it too, even though I get stared at a lot, along with thoughts which I imagine to be, “You are home, but we aren’t going anywhere or doing anything.” Monday he kept that pose until he fell asleep. The chickens have also enjoyed it as they get their frozen water refilled multiple times a day and when it’s really cold they get hot oatmeal. I’m told they don’t know they’re chickens, but I’m ok with that.
By nature, I’m a messy person, but I’ve been working on keeping the house clean. This is hard for me, as much as I hate to admit that. This Saturday will be two weeks that I’ve kept it clean and haven’t completely destroyed any semblance of order with my messes. I’ve even kept up with the dishes which is more of a miracle than an accomplishment.
Because the house has been clean it has given me time to do other things and I’m not stressing and being overwhelmed about getting the house clean. Honestly, it’s weird. Pretty much every day I’ve been picking a small organizational project to do-mostly organizing craft supplies. Monday I took out a box of extra papercraft pieces I make. If I’m assembly lining something, I’ll make more of the parts than I actually need. Stuff happens, it’s better to not have to get everything out again for one little thing. I keep all of the extras in a plastic shoebox. It was a mess. A big mess. I do go back and use these things, but I hunt and hunt for what I think might be there. It’s not efficient.
I took that huge mess and put all ‘like’ pieces in clear plastic bags like the type I keep finished cards in. It took awhile, and I actually threw away a lot of it that had come unglued or that I couldn’t remember why I kept in the first place. It took most of my lunch break, but it was worth it. Everything is now organized and easy to see.
I do believe I can keep my house organized and clean. It is one of my non-crafting goals this year. I spend too much time taking care of things that should be done anyway. I’m taking it a little at a time. If you too struggle with this, you should try little things-like cleaning out a single box or drawer. It all adds up.