Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I am really glad that I started on the book. I have been so busy with life that I can't seem to get to the Disasterous Dining room! But, the flip side the rest of my house looks good. It has been easy to keep it in good condition. Now I am not saying perfect. We all know that perfect well is attainable only by the wealthy who can afford live in maids. And even then, perfect is dependent on the live in made!
I am the live in maid so my level of perfection is at an 8 out of 10 in total magazine picture perfection! I now have oodles of archery students, after spending 4 hours in the sun running a carnival booth at my kids school. It's our major fall fundraiser. Once people found out that the after school program exists, they came a-runnin'.
All of that to say, this live in maid has some other areas of focus. The Disaterous Dining Room has to be done in November. I have family coming over! That is a great motivator if there ever was one.
For the mean time, I am happy with maintaining my reduced world of chaos/clean! It only takes about 10 minutes to make any given (HTCI cleaned) room back to yea! I spend about 10 minutes taking one room and cleaning the floors and dusting. I do one room a day - two rooms if I feel awesome. It is nice that my kids actually get it! They understand that if they just do a little bit a day, mommy is happy, the world turns smoothly, they get to do more fun stuff.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am getting excited here! My family has been very good about maintaining the kitchen and upstairs family room. We have now added the downstairs Living room to the routine. I am going to show you before and after pictures - so here we go!
This is my fireplace/ Ian's Lego center.
This is how it looks after using my HTCI to get it clean and organized to Keep it that way. I moved the toy "box" to the area behind the end table so that you can't see it so much and told Ian that he had to pick up the pieces that he had built and put them on the table and then the loose pieces go back in the green bucket and under the table! It's working out so far.
This is my general living room space, before. Note the backpacks and STUFF left all over the room!
These are pictures of the after. Backpacks have been relegated to the dining room corner (which I will have to conquer later). The coffee table is not allowed to be cluttered for more than 1 hour if active on the project, 15 minutes if abandoned by the projecteer! If I have to clean it up, it either goes in the garbage or recycling, or in my ransom box. The items are either ransomed or sold to the highest bidder! That is much motivation for my kids to not lose their favorite stuff!
This is my proudest area. THE BOOKCASE BLACK HOLE! Dogs and small children have been known to venture in and never be seen again! Just kidding :)
I didn't realize just how much junk was in this innocuous little corner of my living area!
Notice the significant reduction in stuff in this relatively small area! I found school papers from 3 years ago, crumpled up swim team ribbons, toys, shoes, clothes... you get the picture. This area was mostly a CLEAN, Clean, clean spot. I did a lot of purging and removing of said stuff. It is now the academic area. I put notebooks, spare papers laminated practice sheets and the orange bin has kids magazines like our Boys Life, Highlights, and TIME for kids.
This is the air hockey table area. My kids love this and it doesn't get too messy. The biggest problem is the book shelf. I am ok with it as it, as long as the books stay in the receptacle!
Not too much to say about this - I just picked up the jacket that was on the floor. The main focus now is to sweep the wood floor 1 to 2 times a week. I need to clean the glass tables as well. I found the perfect spot for my sock basket! This is an example of camouflage from the HTCI book. If you can't see it, the room is still clean!
With the sock basket tucked neatly between the plant and the pedestal, It is hidden from most angles of viewing, it is available for perusing, it is ready for filling from the clean laundry! I can't believe that I didn't think of that one already!
The next area to conquer.......
The Dining Room Disaster! Coming to a blog near you.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
OK, I have conquered my home base area, the upstairs family room and my bedroom (minus the office corner). I want to conquer the front entry and living room areas next. My goal is to make the previous areas easy to keep conquered through family contributions and adaptions to the way the house is set up so that it is easy to follow through.
My husband did agree to help me by making sure things are enforced when I can't be there to enforce them!
I have been working out my core and drinking the water and have gotten down to 183 pounds ( that's a 2 pound deficit).
Right now, I have a 12 year old with a low pain tolerance, who feels like he is dying. I gave him the prevacid as it seems that the pain in the chest could be acid reflux. I have experience in that one. If the Prevacid doesn't help, then I am out of my league and will seek the pediatrician's advice.
I really want to get to the weekend so that we can just not have to do anything other than have a birthday party and make blankets for the dog shelter!
Let's hope that there are no wrenches thrown into this weekend schedule. Next weekend, I go camping with the 10 yr. old and her Girl Scouts, My husband enters my Veggie Tales chili in the church's chili cookoff, and my 15 yr. old is going to the Homecoming dance. We have to dress shopping and shoe shopping (of course), I have to interview and scare the pants off the potential date, and I have to make a purple teepee with pink and green hearts on it for the birthday girl. Thankfully, the birthday party is at Skyzone and I don't have to clean up for that!
I plan on staying with doing just my core exercises and drinking at least 8 glasses of water right now. I need to make sure that the new habits are sticking!
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