Sunday, January 11, 2015 far

It's been almost a year since I lost my job. That's actually kind of hard to believe when I see it spelled out like that. But here we are. One of the things I told myself back then was that my house was going to be super clean. All the time. Yeah. Right.

For a while, I've been part of a Facebook group run by the website A Bowl Full of Lemons. Don't ask me how I found it, but it's got all kinds of organizing tips and printables to totally keep your life in order. Right now, there is a 14 week challenge going on. Each week, you focus all your efforts on getting one area of your home whipped into shape. Week 1 was the kitchen. Week 2 (this week) is the laundry room.

This has been a great thing for me. First, people post a lot of pictures on the Facebook page. Some are totally depressing because a lot of people have a lot nicer houses than me. We're talking spotless kitchens. And I have yet to see another one with carpet. But there are also people who are WAY worse off than me. I have clutter problems, but it's nothing compared to what I've seen there. Which is totally refreshing because it means my house is normal! 

Anyway, so I followed the guidelines set forth by this challenge. Mostly. I wasn't really thorough, but I got the job done. Sure my counters aren't completely clear and I didn't deep clean the fridge, but I tossed some gross stuff out of the freezer.

It's also not just about doing it. Not for me anyway. It's about keeping it looking halfway decent ALL the time. I've gotten better about keeping up with the dishes. And wiping off the counter and stove more often. Okay, so maybe I was just lazy before. But I've made a lot of progress.

The laundry room was probably the hardest. It's the most cluttered room. I don't know how it got so bad recently. It's got a lot of my crafting stuff, my overflow of yarn, shelves of blank notebooks. Plus, you know, laundry. So today was my chance to take control of this room. I now have a big bag of trash and a big donation box. There are still some areas that need attention, but the floor is clean and my mess is under control. Again, the biggest challenge will be keeping it looking this way as the year goes on. But I'm motivated to do it.

I'm excited to continue this challenge. There's another one going on over at I Heart Planners. This one only focuses on the kitchen, but there's a different task to complete every day. Junk drawer, under the sink, fridge, etc. Another great way to focus on things you may otherwise neglect. So hop on over there and check it out if you're interested. Maybe I'll get brave and post some before and after pictures.

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