Well... PB's Birthday has come and gone and that was my deadline for completing my list. (party pics will be up later this week) I did not finish before his birthday, I needed an extra week. The Cluttershark (Mom) helped me complete my list and really lit the fire under my butt to finish those last few things I was dragging my feet on.
Here are a few things I have learned from The Cluttershark:
1. Put it away NOW. Instead of just putting that thing you are holding in your hand right now on the counter or on the floor, spend the extra 30 seconds putting it away. It will add up in the long run.
2. Constantly purge. I always wait until once a year to get rid of things and make decisions. I now have a donate bag hanging in my coat closet and things that I don't need anymore can go right in there to be donated.
3. Don't wait for a man to get the job done. She has been telling me this my whole life. She has always done the heavy lifting in the house and if there is a job to be tackled, she always takes it on and has taught me that we don't need a man to do the jobs that require power tools. We took care of a few things while my Hubby was away that he just didn't get to and wanted to help me with. (Sorry Hubby, you are a wonderful husband and father and I know you can do those jobs because you are super manly. You work so hard to provide for our family and you deserve to have some of the jobs done for you.) We put up some shelves that seriously took 5 minutes. I don't know what I was waiting for!
4. Don't leave today's mess for tomorrow. This is a hard one for me because sometimes I am very tired at the end of the day. But the cluttershark says that when you leave work for tomorrow, you are constantly trying to catch up and dig yourself out of the hole instead of getting ahead and digging a new hole. Sounds smart to me, I am really going to try to do this.
I think I shared more pics last year. Sorry I didn't take you through the process more. I think that with this list, and working on invitations for my BFF's wedding and just the general craziness of life, I just didn't get the pics taken. I did show you the biggest messes but I didn't really share how reorganizing a few things really helped my system and kept me organized. I'll do better next year!!