A few days ago over on the A2D Facebook page, I had a reader ask me how I stay so organized in such a small home. All I could do was laugh. Organized? Me? Not even hardly. Oh, I want to be. But I’m not. At all.
And that made me realize how easy it is to put forth a certain image online…one that isn’t necessarily true. When I need to snap a picture, I simply shove all of the junk over to one side so that it’s out of frame. Oh sure, that’s natural. But it’s gives a false impression…almost a lie. I mean, when all you’ve seen are pictures of my kitchen like this…
…then you probably don’t understand that lately, more times than not, my kitchen looks something like this…
Not quite the same “everything in its place” image, huh?
So why am I sharing this? Because I just felt like it’s time to be honest–not only with you, but also with myself. When all I post are the pretty pictures, I start to somehow believe this lie that everything is okay.
Well, it’s not. I took the picture above last night right before I went to bed. The other side of my kitchen looks like this…
And that’s only my kitchen. The rest of my condo right now looks just about as bad. A chair in the bedroom piled so high with laundry that the chair isn’t even visible…tools, paint, and other “DIY” items pushed up along the walls…projects EVERYWHERE…piles of laundry that need to be washed.
It’s out of control.
And even though I live in the midst of the mess, I don’t think I realized how out of control it was until last night.
You see, I was over at The Inspired Room, having a lovely visit, when I saw an item on the sidebar labeled “How I Keep My House ‘Clean Enough'”. It caught my attention, so I clicked, and I read, and I thought to myself, “Yes, these are great tips! I’ll need to start doing these.”
But still in my mind, I was holding on to the lie that things were still pretty okay…until I read the first comment on that post that ended with…
Those words hit me like a ton of bricks, and immediately the lie was shattered. That is ME!!!
When I hear someone knock at the door, I panic. When I open the door, I step outside to talk to the person, closing the door behind me so that they can’t peek in, and praying to God that the not-so-fresh smells from my days-old piled up dishes in the kitchen, and my hasn’t-had-a-bath-in-a-month dog, and the hasn’t-been-cleaned-out-in-three-days litter box haven’t wafted past the nose of the person standing outside.
It’s madness, and something needs to be done.
I’ve convinced myself that I’m just so busy…too busy. I have too much on my plate. I work so hard during the day. I deserve a break. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. No one person should have to do so much. Poor me!! Pooooor me!!
When I really get honest, I don’t have a lack-of-time problem. I have a time management problem. Plus, things are so out of control, and it’s such an overwhelming and monumental task to get organized (which, honestly, it REALLY IS when you live in such a tiny place and have tons of tools and stuff), that I just keep putting it off.
Well, not anymore. It’s time for me to find a cure for my C.H.A.O.S. Right now, I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do it. They Flylady way? The Pomodoro Method? I don’t know. But something’s gotta give.
But I’m starting with this…starting today, I’m making a committment to myself that I won’t go to bed until my kitchen is clean. I have to start somewhere. Don’t they say you have to do something for 21 days for it to become a habit? That’s what Matt tells me, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m committing for the next 21 days that I will not go to bed without cleaning my kitchen.
Now I just need to figure out how to tackle all of the other areas.
Do you have any suggestions for me? We’re all super busy, so that excuse is certainly not uniquely my own. What routines do you implement around your house to keep it “clean enough”?
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