Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm Perfectly Imperfect

My house is usually in chaos, my children are very messy, my husband does not pick up after himself, my craft mess gets overwhelming, There are dirty dishes in my sink, the trash can is overflowing, I am behind with my laundry and I haven't mopped my kitchen floor in over a week.  My dog chews up the crayons my kids drop on the floor, My kids argue, fight and annoy each other all day some days .I feel like I am being pulled in 15 different directions at once. I can't even remember if I took a shower today.....

I would be embarrassed if someone walked into my house right now but I am not ashamed to admit that things get overwhelming, chaotic and just plain crazy at my house. I am one person. I am not perfect. I am a mother of 3 children. I am a wife. I work from home. I mean to teach my children well. My intentions are good. My heart is in the right place. My mind not so much at times.  I am perfectly imperfect. Just like everyone else. Do I want to be more organized? Yes. Do I want my kids to wake up in the morning and make their bed? Yes. Do I want to live in a calm home {sometimes}? Yes. But this is not going to happen over night and I have accepted that.

There are so many things out there that make us feel inadequate. Magazines, Internet, TV.  I often look in magazines, Google Image and get on Pinterest for organization ideas for my home but lets get real. 98% of the things I see are done by a professional designer. For a long time I would obsess over "that amazing room I just have to have". I would go buy things to put in the space, redo furniture or buy new {used} furniture. I would work really hard on it for a day and then I am over it. When I look at the room, there are more things dragged out then when I started. I could have used that time I spent searching online and shopping to actually organize my space. I mean, that was the original plan right?

And then I come to realize....

Unless I plan to hire a designer, my house probably will not look like the amazing room from that magazine....ever. That's okay with me. I just want it to be cute, organized and functional.
SO, this year, in 2013, I will change all of that. I will make a list of problems and add practical solutions to those problems. I will FIRST clean and organize and THEN decorate or shop. I plan to take my time and focus on the big issues first. I have been told to focus on one room at a time but I can't do that :) My mind wanders to different areas of the house. Either that or I will devote myself entirely to one room for a week and the rest of my house will get neglected and look like it was hit hard by a tornado. Today I plan to focus just getting things picked up, vacuuming and some laundry. Tomorrow I will start digging into the organization part of it all. I work from home and still have children at home all day so this will be a bit challenging. I will post pictures along the way. Is anyone else up for this challenge?

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