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Spring Clean Fever

Back in the day, the time which we refer to as “B.C.” (Before Child), I considered myself a pretty organized person. But then now I have a kid who likes to make his own messes, which makes me want to throw in the towel every.single. day. Additionally, I have to keep my business running smoothly, and to be frank, the housework always falls to the bottom of the to-do list.  Honestly I’m not that great of a housekeeper anyway. The housework makes me crazy. But part of my main problem with working from home is the guilt and total ADD that happens when I sit down at the computer but then I spy the dirty dishes or the pile of laundry that needs to be folded. I just can’t win!

After The Great Wardrobe Intervention of 2012, I sat back and started thinking about all the things that I would like done. The things I would like to do, but always get put on the back burner. Or even the stuff that I don’t want to do – the stuff that gives me a pit in the bottom of my stomach. After the closet makeover,  I ended up hiring the Riley Group to come help me out with some things, and I have to say it’s the best money I could spend right now.

It isn’t that I couldn’t physically accomplish this stuff; the fact is that I could. But it’s nice to have it scheduled so I know that I have to do it. It’s forcing me to focus on a house project at a time, biting off manageable portions. The accountability is fantastic.  Plus it’s given me the boost I’ve needed to get other smaller projects done, such as cleaning out drawers and the like, that don’t completely overwhelm me. I managed to completely reorganize several drawers and cabinets in my kitchen, and it feels so good!

The past few weeks, Lauren’s worked on my filing system as well as overall organization & cleanout of my office. From there we moved on to Jude’s closet and the guest bedroom closet, which are still in the works. The ultimate goal is to get the laundry room better organized, and finally the big one – the garage. I literally shudder at the thought. The garage truly is the final frontier.

My other favorite trick is how much stuff I can hide underneath the skirted table in the living room. It makes it the perfect mix of form and function.  Did you know that table is just your regular ol’ garden variety plastic folding table? Yessirree.

Can I tell you something, Internet? We had four – count ’em, 4! – junk drawers in our house. That’s like 3 junk drawers more than anybody needs. Redonkulous. So I’ve been slowly getting them all pulled together too.

Working from home means that I have to have all my ducks in a row to be truly productive. I don’t know who said it, but it’s true — if you have an organized house, you have an organized mind, and I could not agree more.

Now I’m off to go survey all the damage from last night’s crazy hail storm. Check out my instagram for the photo of the giant hail that broke out one of the windows upstairs! Uhhh… I was kinda kidding about those 10 plagues.   Didn’t we just do this 2 years ago? Dadgum!