Decluttering Disturbs my Sleep

Right before my head hits my pillow and after I’ve put my phone down to sleep it suddenly hits me! I have to get back out of bed and declutter something. This burst of energy increases as I start to think of what else needs to be done around my home. Has this de-cluttering sleep monster ever bothered you? I’ve been yawning all throughout the day, drank two cups of coffee, but somehow this stored up energy comes from within me.

I started by thinking I could unpack my suitcase that has been sitting at the end of our bed for the past 5 days since we came back from WA.  Eh, nah! That is too much work at 11pm for me.  I got out of bed, turned the light on and looked around the room. There was a random sock of my daughters on the floor, more laundry folded in a basket begging to be put away, and then I saw a candle burner I haven’t used in years! I thought, “I could sell that on my FB online swap meet group for like $10, right?! Done!” And then I was on a roll… Taking pictures, wiping down surfaces, grouping things, making a sell pile, bring to new location pile, and trash pile. I cleaned off my husbands dresser surface which in the last month has become a dumping zone for toys, books, new boxers, projects, etc… Hot mess? Heck ya! Then I also tackled my dresser top, sold a bundle of candles & accessories, and removed seasonal items to be put away later.

Now that I’ve finished cleaning, clearing, selling, and putting away I felt satisfied! The clutter bed bug has been scratched until the next night I get attacked at 11pm (took me 3 hours to do all this).

I recommend doing things in smaller portions or time restrictions usually, but I think it’s OK sometimes to go with the flow. As long as I don’t start to feel upset or tired by doing it, then it’s all good. I was actually super motivated to post things for sale and get them uploaded ASAP!! (Money, money, money – Andy voice from Toy Story)

G’nite and sweet dreams

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Nail polish that I sorted through that I know I have too many of the same color or won’t/haven’t ever used.

 

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Teething Bling Bangle was used when my daughter was 6 months to 12 months. But it didn’t work well for me, because I still had to remove the bangle and just hand it to her.

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This is nail accessories like flowers, beads, etc… that I used for my wedding nails and have not touched since (2 years plus)

 

Just Do It Organization Method

Good Monday morning! Hope you all had a relaxing weekend! Friday was my monthly freezer meal prep with my friend, Charlotte. We haven’t done one of these since before Christmas and it was both tiring (like usual) but much faster. Saturday I had a massage in the evening which was nice and helped especially after a long Friday cook. I was thinking about what my Monday Organizational post should be about and I was inspired by my massage. They always tell you to drink plenty of water after a massage to help replenish, etc… I usually ignore that because I’m a stubborn water drinker. I’ll have coffee for breakfast, soda for lunch if we have any, or nothing at all. I just don’t tend think of water first. Bad habit and I used to drink it all the time. So as I was getting ready for bed my body suddenly told me that I needed water. I felt the urge and at first pushed it aside. Then my next thought was “Just do it”! So I did. It wasn’t out of my way or complicated, I was just lazy and being stubborn.

This is very similar to how most of my organizing takes place. I’ll see a pile of stuff that needs to be worked on for days and I will ignore it stubbornly. Most likely it would take me 15 minutes to an hour to take care if it. The nights that I have the energy to do something about it, the voice in my head pushes me forward and says “Just do it!” And then I do. I take that pile or section and attack with full force. The picture below of my “Drop Zone” is what you can see in my bedroom. We have a room attached to the master bedroom that I use for my craft space and everything that I buy or bring upstairs to be put away for later gets dropped here. I try to make a habit of bringing up things only to put them away as soon as possible. But in reality that happens about 10% of the time.

Area where everything piles up, endlessly

Area where everything piles up, endlessly

Whether it takes you a couple weeks or minutes to figure what to just do, do that something pile and you will feel so much better. I’ve had times where I try to attack my drop zone pile all at once. I’ll move everything from the floor to my bed because I use my bed as a work space to group things into like piles. Lately with my schedule though, by the end of the night the pile is still on the bed and my poor husband has to begrudgingly move it off the bed again for me. Now, I’ll take one bin at a time and that seems to work slowly but surely.

Don’t take on everything though unless you have the time and energy. It’s all pretty common sense, but so is drinking water and sometimes I really need a push to do it.

Below are my piles I hope to tackle this week. Just so you know this organization thing is a journey that I struggle with everyday too.

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Even though its not a pile of dishes, I try to keep the sink cleared.

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My daughters playhouse usually gets reset at the end of the night. Generally though as long as all the pieces are inside the playhouse and I can’t see it, its good enough for me!

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Our dinning table also is a drop zone for both my hubby and I. This is a project I’m going to get to this week though, I promise!

Hope you all have been inspired to Just Do It (I know it Nike’s saying, but it applies to life also) and if you have piles of drop zones that you also get to this week, please share your comments, frustrations, etc with me!

All my best,

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First of the Month

February 24, 2014

First of the Month

Good Afternoon! Welcome to my take on Organizing, Playing, and Creating. My goal for this blog is to share my organizing journey.  As a mother to an almost two year old and homemaker, I have increased the amount of my time spent trying to organize our home and create a welcoming atmosphere. The playing aspect is all the learning and developing tools that occur with my growing family.  I hope to create a naturally curious place for my child through indoor and outdoor activities. Lastly, my creative side is inspired by my friends and family, Pinterest, and many other social media. I enjoy almost all crafts including sewing, woodwork, scrapbooking & journaling, and much more.

I honestly don’t remember what happened to January and February of 2014. With the first of March approaching quickly, I have decided to dedicate some certain activities to the first of each month. What do you do the first of the month? Whether it’s paying your mortgage, restarting your exercise goals, or grocery shopping for the month, the first of the month is really important in my book.

I declared to myself for a 2014 New Year’s resolution to change our bed sheets on the first of the month. This is a big declaration…to me at least. Before, I probably would remember to do it every 2-3 months. And I don’t know why it never occurred to me to have a set routine for it. My husband sets a reminder to change out our air filters (every 3 months). And he does an excellent job following it.

Yet there are some reminders and declarations that I set for myself or my family and they get pushed aside. I tried doing a monthly review of our financial budget. The first time the reminder pops up on my phone calendar, I ignore it and head over to Facebook or Pinterest. What I realize now that I should have done was have a trial period or probation period to test how well my reminder system works and if it’s not, readjust the setting.

So instead of a monthly financial budget review with hubby, it should be a quarterly (every 4 months) to make sure we are following our goals. Now that I look back, I was already doing a quarterly system. But because I also kept a log of our spending, the longest part of budget review was the journaling. That got annoying fast! Finding a system that works on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis is tiresome. For the most part all our bills are on auto pay. There are a select few that I have to remember to go in to pay.

Financial Budget Review Outline:
– Budget Review (Quarterly, every 4 months January, May, & September)
– Log Journaling (Biweekly)
– Other Bill Pay (Biweekly or  the 1st & 15th of the month)

The execution of the new financial budget review can only be accomplished if I have an office space set up to its specifications.  Setting up my office to pay bills and address certain items is important. My goal for the next couple of months is to have a working system and review if it works well with you.

What is your first of the month routine? Here are a few ideas and suggestions of what your first of the month can be. Also, include family members in your first of the month concept and find a special duty they can fulfill each time.

–          Refrigerator & pantry sweep of foods expired

–          Deep clean the showers

–          Sterilize the washing machine

–          Have your child wipe all the blinds of dust.

–          Wipe down baseboards and sterilize doorknobs.

–          Clean fans and lamps of dust

–          Sterilize garbage can

–          Attack handyman tasks that have piled up for months like tightening screws on loose items, painting unfinished areas, putting up curtains, etc…

All these and any others you can think of would be great ways to start the next month in a productive and fulfilling manner. Hope you get inspired to find your first of the month tasks!

Sherie

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