It’s about to get real up in here!

 

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::disclosure:: This is merely what I have found that helped ME…not promising it will help you. =)

So let’s get real for a minute. The above picture is what I walked into this morning when coming down stairs. What you might see is a small messy living room. But what I see is the start of a great day. To me, it means only picking up from last night’s affairs for literally a couple minutes and more time to clean other things such as dust or in my case, clean the blinds and baseboards. But most of all, give me more time to have lunch with my Mom and Dad and to be with my kids, stress free. 

The above picture is about 100% better than what my house looked like on the reg for the 1st 4 years of my marriage. And now, I couldn’t imagine it being any worse that it was this morning…for more than 24 hours (when I’m well). The week that my knee had me down and out is another story. But that is over and done with. I am not ready to show you an after picture (once I picked up all the toys on the floor and did a once over with the vacuum) because I now have all of my pretties from my TV stand laid out on the couch while I’m in the process of dusting. Blinds are next. 😉

Why does this excite me or make me happy you ask? I know, it’s JUST a house. Because for 4 long years of doing this house wife thing, I have never been one to keep a clean, straightened house. I am not an organized person. Heck, I’ve never even had my kids on a schedule of any kind. My life is not a controlled life.

I was encouraged earlier this year to blog about my journey to a clean house (in my words) but I could never come up with the right words. I mean, who wants to tell other people that their house is or was not clean?! Well, the term “clean” is a broad term. I use it loosely. Because when it comes to “Clean”…actual definition, no, my house has never been “dirty”. But I didn’t know one thing about how to get the “daily cleaning” thing going. My house stayed junky and unorganized and my 1st born’s toys were hardly ever put up. I had a “junk room” which is now a nice clean bedroom for my boys. But don’t even get me started on their closet. Or mine. And OH THE LAUNDRY PILES. 

But early this year, something snapped in me and I just got it. It didn’t happen over night. It took work and dedication. Even on bad days. You know, those days you just want to sit in front of that TV and do nothing. Especially those days. And at the end of the day (each day), when I take a look at my progress, it gives me HOPE for the next day. My house still has some hot spots… ::cough:: my closet ::cough::

but I worked each and every day (minus weekends) for a couple months straight and decluttered my house, room by room. It wasn’t ANY THING close to Hoarders by any means. I just had A LOT of “hot spots”. And I was told by a very smart person that “clutter draws you in”. Very true words. Clutter draws you in, makes you lazy, and consumes you. I think “clutter” was my middle name there for a while, you know? 

I am very proud of my progress. Now that I no longer feel consumed by my {not so} cluttered house, I now have more time for weekly deep cleaning. Yes, I said weekly deep cleaning. I have found that if I deep clean the most used rooms (kitchen and bathrooms) weekly, it is easier to stay on top of the house. And I have found that doing at least 1 load of laundry each day helps with keeping those laundry baskets if not empty then near empty. washing laundry daily isn’t the most economical way but it’s the “Jonie Way” and it’s what keeps my house going. 

I have come a long way. I don’t have the natural “knack” for cleaning house. I was not raised in a super duper clean house and so it was not instilled in me (still love my parent’s to pieces, though) so this is something that I have to work HARD at each and every day. Harder than most other people. But it’s what I want, more than mostly anything. I don’t want to be known for my cluttered house. I want people to walk in my house and enjoy their setting. And if they comment on my clean house, I want to be proud. I want to have PRIDE in my house and now I DO have pride in my home and it is hopefully starting to show. But again, it’s not something that’s gonna come naturally until it becomes 2nd nature to me. 

And I hope that if there is ANY one else out there that is going through what I went through nearly the entire extent of my 5 year marriage (God bless my wonderful husband for putting up with me) and just can’t seem to find the knack to keep a clean and organized home, that THIS blog post, RIGHT HERE will give you some sort of inspiration. 

I still have a long way to go. Later today, I still have to go and organize MY closet upstairs (Lord, help me), and don’t even get me started on my garage. But because I have most everything else under control, I now have time to blog about it, dust my living room and blinds, and then possibly baseboards).

What do you get out of having and keeping a clean house? A happy husband, happy kids, and a sense of accomplishment and self pride. 

God Bless you all! ❤

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katelikestocreate
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 06:00:08

    Progress, not perfection! I can totally relate! Are you a fellow Fly-baby?

    Reply

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