Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Getting organized.

My dear husband and I had a little chit chat the other night about organization and priorities and what not. It was a really great discussion because we both have been feeling overwhelmed with household stuff. It truly never ends. I felt like I've come such a long way from my former messy nature, but alas, I could be doing better. I almost always get the kitchen and front room squared away everyday by the time Jason gets home from work. I always make dinner. Laundry is washed, folded, and even (most of the time) put away. But I confess, I am quite negligent when it comes to organizing troublesome areas like the dreaded junk drawer. We're quite lucky if we can open and shut it without interference from a plenitude of glue sticks, coupons, receipts, pens that no longer work, and other junk drawer regulars. Beware of the top of my fridge as well. I'm on the shorter side, so out of sight, out of mind.

But my husband finds the things that I have the ability to "let go" of a dismay to him and a source of stress, which in turn, stresses me out. Who wants that? So we made a list of things we both are going to work on. We plan to establish some more routines as a family to make days smooth for all of us. We realized that our weekends get so crowded with chores and errands we have very little leisure time for each other and the kids. So our new plan is for Jason to do some of his usual weekend chores like yard work and car washing right after work. And I'm going to take care of some organizing projects by doing just one a day in addition to my usual tasks. I'm also going to try to get all our shopping done during the week days, something I normally try to do, but something always comes up so we end up going in different directions on Saturdays.

A little planning goes a long way, so I'm hoping this makes our family time happier and more relaxing for us. It was really encouraging to have one of these talks with Jason, and that it was so constructive, because I think even just a year ago, it would have been a difficult discussion, and we probably would have been defensive. It's a good feeling to know we've made progress as a couple and as individuals.

So here it is, folks, a terrible disaster of a junk drawer. Here is the before. And by the end of today, hopefully I'll be posting the after. Just for fun, notice Hannah's artwork to the right. A masterpiece, of course. Yikes, I'm already stalling.

Wish me luck.


Blogger Mimi said...

Good luck!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Michelle Melania said...

Ah.. the dreaded junk drawer. I am constantly "re-organizing" mine, but it never stays neat. Good luck!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

Um, yeah, I was a little busier today than I thought I would be, so uh, first thing tomorrow, I'm all over it. Promise.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

good luck, my friend....wanna do friday maybe? lemme check my schedule and email you.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

sounds good sara

12:03 PM  

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