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Happy New Year.

6 Jan

2012 can kiss my ass! 

I survived it – that’s about all I can say about how I feel about it!  It was a very difficult year for me, and I don’t ever want to repeat anything like it again.  BUT, I grew so much, and became a much better person as a result of it all.

I’m really looking forward to 2013 – a year of new beginnings.  I looked at my resolutions from last year — many I accomplished… some I didn’t.

  1. We didn’t make our beds every morning.  We hardly ever make our beds.
  2. Stayed in the house, and refinanced it.  No need to worry about a move.
  3. I simplified some parts of life, and learned to let go.  I put some systems into place.
  4. I had a really fun time with the children this year.

Now, it’s time to look at new resolutions for 2013; they will look much different from last year:

  1. Kids clean their room each night before bed, and clean up toys before moving on to the next activity.  I keep my bedroom and kitchen clean every day.
  2. Cook healthy meals 5 nights a week.  Send lunch to school with Big Girl.
  3. Spend time with friends at least once a month.  Invite friends to do things.  Entertain more.
  4. Save money, and stick to my budget.
  5. Focus on my career, and make changes where needed.
  6. Enjoy my children.

The beginning of the year seems to be a time of cleansing for me.  Today, I am tackling my bedroom.  It is full of clutter and I’m going to work on getting it cleaned up. Emptying everything from the room, except for the bed – dust, vacuum, reorganize and rearrange!  I’m starting with me.

I’m also putting together a menu plan for this week’s dinners and going to the grocery store.

Happy new year.  Wishing you all of the best for a fun, happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.

Welcome to my next chapter.



18 Sep

I used to be organized!  My house used to be organized and clean!

Enter one dog, two kids.

Exit one husband.

Life has brought a lot of changes over the years, and as a result, my house always looks like a tornado has blown through!!  The kids are getting better about picking up toys, but the paperwork from school, mail, filing is out of control!!

And the dog hair!  Oh my goodness.  I sweep and vacuum my house 2-3 times a day, and it still feels dirty.   Maybe I need to bathe and brush the dog once in awhile, but these days, I’m just glad to get my kids bathed.  In fact, that reminds me, I really need a shower myself!!  LOL!  No, seriously, it’s been a couple of days!

Welcome to my journey!


Organized Kitchen… Sort of!

19 Aug

I got really motivated this week, for some reason. Not sure why… lots of energy still from bronchitis medication, and feeling like tackling more house projects. I’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest and have so many ideas. I thought, first, though, I would start with cleaning and picking up the house. I spend a lot of time writing about cleaning my house. The clutter makes me feel cluttered inside! My house has never been so cluttered, and although, I’ve accomplished so much, room by room. The rooms that have not been organized are making me crazy… particularly the kitchen. When my kitchen is messy, I feel like my entire house is a wreck!

Since ex-husband moved out, I’ve organized my closet and bedroom, both kids’ rooms, the playroom, and the master bathroom. I need to go back through my closet and my daughter’s closet, but things have stayed organized since I got them the way I want them. Things have a place, and the kids know where thing belong so they can participate in maintaining the house, and taking care of their things. That’s a lot, and it feels so good, but I’ve got to finished getting this place in order, and to make if feel like my own! After I organize, I need to have a major Ebay/CraigsList sale. So much junk to get rid of.

So, I started on my kitchen this week. I didn’t have a specific plan, just a few things at a time throughout the week. Today, after the bits and pieces I took care of during the week, the kitchen looked so much better. The task didn’t seem so large, so tonight, I made a concerted effort to clear off the countertops, put things away, and throw things away. Drawers and cabinets were exempt from this project; that is an entirely different ballgame … as is the pantry.

I had stuff all over the countertops. Lots of paperwork and just stuff that doesn’t have a home. When we walk through the door, the kitchen is the first room we come to, and everything gets dropped there! So piles of crap pile up and get set aside to look at another time. I didn’t take any before pictures, but here are some “after” photos.


Also, this is the remaining pile of crap that I need to go through tomorrow – mostly art work, papers and such from school. Yes, summer is almost over, and the new school year begins next week. I still haven’t gone through all the paperwork from last school year. Whatever!!


I’d love to redo my cabinets and countertops – basic builder’s edition here. But, that’s a project for another year!

This place is starting to feel like my own.

Welcome to my journey!


Closet is clean.

24 Apr

I had such a great weekend this weekend, in a single mom kind of way. I went to the office yesterday, and heard everyone else talking about their weekend; mine was a little different, but great all the same!

The kids were in and out all weekend, but I had Friday and Saturday nights to my self ; it was so nice. On Saturday night, I decided that I needed to tackle a project. My closet is a WRECK! I really haven’t touched it since my ex-husband moved out in November! Some of his stuff was still in there, and my stuff was all on one side. In addition, it has become our storage closet as well. The floor was so cluttered with stuff that I couldn’t even walk to the back of the closet! And, not to mention the laundry piled up!


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I worked for an hour or so Saturday night, and then several hours Sunday morning.

I finished almost all of the laundry, including the kids. I cleaned out the entire closet and vacuumed it – which is a huge accomplishment because before I cleaned it, the floor was not visible to vacuum!



Since my closet looked so clean, my bedroom could not be outdone, so I cleaned it too! Now, I have a HUGE pile of things to get rid of and donate sitting on my bedroom floor. I need to get donation truck scheduled soon just as soon as I log everything in the pile!!  Next step for the closet is beautification!  I’ll take organized and clean for now.

Too much stuff is becoming a burden and a little paralyzing! I love to shop, but am trying to prioritize and be thoughtful in my purchases. Right now, I need some larger ticket items that I am budgeting for and planning for. I am reducing my spend on the “stuff” that adds up (not only financially, but is taking over my house)!

Oh my goodness. What a sense of accomplishment! I like to have organized spaces, and I have been feeling that my entire house is disorganized for far too long. This was the first step, a motivating step to getting more things organized around here.

Welcome to my journey!


10 minutes.

18 Apr

I don’t have a whole lot of extra time.  I don’t think many of us do these days.  I also am not superwoman; I like to sleep.  I need 8-10 hours of sleep on most nights in order to function normally during the day.  I know, to some, that really is a luxury.  It’s not one I am willing to sacrifice, and it gives me less time to accomplish things.  I know, I know…

So, in spite of that, I need to get my life and my home organized.  I’m trying a few things to see how they go, and what is effective for me. I don’t have a lot of time on any given day.  I don’t have a lot of time on the weekends; in only three weeks, our custody schedule is all over the place, and this weekend will be #3 having at least one child with me.  So, the only time I have to get things done is when the baby is napping.  Usually, as soon as I finish working, I rush to pick up the kids, and when I get home, I am stressed because I didn’t clean up or start dinner.  It starts the evening off on the wrong course.

But I do have 10 minutes.

Sometimes, I don’t think I have 10 minutes, but, really, I can carve it out.  Before the baby got sick last week, I tried a new strategy.   My new strategy is to finish work, and set the timer for 10 minutes.  Then, clean/pick up/start dinner – whatever- for 10 solid minutes.  You can do more than you think in 10 minutes of focused time.  Then, I felt so much better when I picked up the kids; I had accomplished something in the house today.  The evening started out a little calmer.

I am also going to make the most of my lunch breaks (which I don’t have the luxury of taking every day).  During my lunch break today, I am going to make dinner for tonight.  I’m also going to make my bed, and try to put the living room back together – pick up the toys, laundry and at least get them into the correct rooms!  All of these things will be achievable and simple when broken down into small tasks.  Plus, they will make a huge difference in just a short amount of time, reducing my stress levels when I have my kids at home this evening.

How do you stay on top of it all?

Welcome to my journey!


That was productive!

16 Jan

Gosh, at the end of last week, I was feeling so overwhelmed, it was almost becoming paralyzing.  I had so much to do, I didn’t know where to start.  My mom has been here all weekend, and we have knocked out a bunch of stuff!!  No where close to being finished, but so much accomplished!

  • Put finishing touches on my room decor – new curtains from Ikea and new lamps from Pier 1 Imports.
  • Organized pantry.. complete with new containers to store dry goods!
  • Packed up the Christmas stragglers and got them ready to store.
  • Went through the piles of mail and cleared out living room and dining room!
  • Went through toy box, and pulled out toys to get rid of.
  • Cleaned kids’ rooms
  • Connected the DVD player to the TV in my bedroom, and watched a movie
  • Found remote control to TV in living room
  • Did tons of laundry – all folded and put away

It’s been a busy, and fun weekend.  Things are slowly starting to come together, and I’m feeling better and better about things each day. 

Been great having my mom here, and I will be sad to see her leave tomorrow.  I get lonely, and it was so nice to have her all to my self for a couple of days, doing grown up things, and having grown up conversation.  Sometimes, you just need your mommy!

Welcome to my journey!


Some days you just need your mommy!

13 Jan

My mom’s plane will touch down here in about 3 hours.  I am so excited that she is coming this weekend.  The kids will be with my soon-to-be-ex-husband so mom and I have the weekend to ourselves to get some stuff done around my house (and my life)!! 

It’s been a really tough week; I’ve done lots of crying, which I don’t think I’ve done enough of.  Unfortunately, this time, time it came out in the wrong place.  I had some tough conversations this week with my bosses; a few things at work had slipped through the cracks, and they were asking me about it (as they should have).  Well, apparently, that was all it took for the flood gates to open!  Tears streaming down my face during a pretty simple conversation with my boss’s boss!  Fortunately, my mouth remained professional throughout the conversation, but how embarrassing to cry. at work. in a meeting. with my boss’s boss!  Are you kidding me?!  And, I mean, once I got going, I could not stop.  Tears just kept streaming down my face! After I left her office, I had to go to the bathroom to continue crying for about 5 more minutes!  I had to pull it together for meetings the rest of the day – my face and eyes were red; my contacts were sticky.  I looked horrible!  As I am writing this, I am snickering a little; what a mess I am! 

Anyway, back to my mom…  She is coming in today and I cannot wait to see her.  I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving and sometimes, you need your mommy! 

We have a ton of things on our list that need to get done.  Not sure how much we are going to get to.  But, tonight, we are going out for a fun dinner and drinks; I need to relax a little after this week!  We’ll get to work tomorrow.  I want her to help me get my house organized; I am a really good organizer, but sometimes, I need someone here to motivate me.  Also, I am not good at clearing out all of the crap to even get to organize; she is good at that.  My brain is so scattered right now, I find it difficult to concentrate on any one thing for too long; it is hard to get anything accomplished these days; I am so stressed out and so overwhelmed about everything!  I worry a lot… about everything – my kids, my job, my career, finances, the divorce, my future, where I will live, what I will do.  I even worry about my soon-to-be-ex-husband; he is having a really difficult time with this, so of course, I am taking that on too, and allowing him to make me feel guilty about this.  That’s a post for another day though!   

Yesterday, I had planned to finish picking stuff up and vaccuum.  Then my son threw up on me 4 times!  Multiple clothing changes, crib sheet and bumper changes, several loads of laundry later…  Nothing got vaccummed or picked up.  But, at least laundry is done… for now!

Oh, and did I mention that my daughter woke up with pink eye on Monday?

My mom is the best, and I cannot wait to see her this morning!  She is so positive and loving and helpful; I don’t know what I would do without her, and I should tell her that.  She was a single mom as well and is really helping me cope (and I think she finds humor in a lot of things I am dealing with – moody kids, fast food dinners, etc)!  She gives me perspective; she listens; she tries not to be judgmental; she is extremely supportive of me and my kids.  There will be laughing this weekend; there will be crying this weekend; there will be serious talks this weekend.

This post is a mess, and so am I this week!

Welcome to my journey!



30 Dec

I’ve decided, I think  more subconsciously than not, that I need a fresh start in my home.  It started with new bed linens (which, for some reason, has become such an important symbol for me of moving forward).  Have I mentioned how much I love my new linens?  They are pretty; they are soft; and they are so comfortable!  But are they any better than what I had before?  I have no idea.  But, they are all mine, and I love them and they make me feel good.

Last nigh, my sweet friend invited me to come over to hang out with her.  I made a goal that I could not go until I cleaned the bathroom.  Now, you must know that when my soon-to-be-ex-husband left, he did not clean up after him self… at all.  You also must know that while, in the past, I have always kept a decent house (not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but clean and fairly neat), I had given up.  Cleaning the house had become such an uphill battle because I received very little help, and because my soon-to-be-ex-husband made things even messier, dirtier and more disorganized each moment that he was in the house.  So, I just quit caring or doing as much as I should.

So, when I say that I cleaned the bathroom, it included clearing all of the clutter from the top of the countertops; organizing the jewelry onto my new jewelry trees that my mom gave me for Christmas, using Clorox to clean all of the surfaces on the countertops and cabinets.  This was a fairly big job – it took about 20 minutes. However, I didn’t even touch the tub, shower or floors.  Just the sink areas and countertops.  But, it felt so good to go in there this morning and not see a huge, dirty, disorganized mess.

Tonight, my sweet friend is coming over to help me tackle the living room and breakfast areas.  They are full of toys and art supplies.  I have toy bins and supply bins, but things don’t fit and things at the bottom of the bins don’t get played with.  Toys are over-flowing the bins.  Drawers and cabinets are full of toys, books, art supplies and games.  I have got to get this under control.  Now, walking into my living room, you wouldn’t think that I am a huge slob, just a bit disorganized, but it bugs me.  I want to know where to find things; I want my kids to know where to find things, and where to put them after they finish playing.

I have decided that I can’t do this all on my own; my daughter is going to have to become more independent, and help out more.  She does it at school… just not at home.  She is going to have to put her things away on a regular basis, but I have to create an environment which fosters that and which makes it possible for her to do so.

Putting this all in writing has made me take a different look at things and to see that I have so many things to do.  I am taking very baby steps.  For example, I swept the back half of the house.  That’s it.  I didn’t pick up toys; I didn’t sweep the front half of the house.  I swept the back half of the house, and that is great.  Later, I’ll tackle something else. Tonight, I’ll work on the living room.  Slowly but surely, it will all come together.

And, did I mention that I still have to take down the Christmas tree and all of the decorations?!  Ugh!

So, my take-aways from all of this…

  1. Find something that makes you feel good – for me, it is my new linens and good friends.
  2. Don’t try to do it alone; ask for help.  Even just an evening with a good friend talking about everything under the sun is good for the soul.
  3. Be happy with small steps, sometimes, very small steps.  Appreciate your successes, and don’t focus on the perceived failures.

Welcome to my journey!