Saturday, February 21, 2009

Minefields and clutter

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

This reminds me of my house. Between the cats, kids, dog, books and toys, I'm always negotiating a minefield. It's pretty deadly when I try to do it in the dark.

I've been working on decluttering. I managed to get the Great Room, kitchen and dinette area in pretty decent shape. At least surface wise. I never got into the built-in cabinets. But today was a working day so I couldn't declutter or clean. I left that to hubby. He spent the entire day in my oldest's bedroom. It was a mess, so bad, she couldn't do anything with it. But it's almost done and then she'll be in charge of keeping it clean.

A few months ago, I bought the kids a Financial Peace Jr. set from Dave Ramsey. Once all three of the kids' room and the play room are in order, they will be responsible for keeping it clean, plus a bunch of other chores. There's a nifty board for each child so they know what's expected of them. Fingers crossed it works, but it has to be better than what we have in place now...nothing!

I was at Amy's house on Friday morning and saw how organized she was. Only in my dreams! Still at least I'm doing something. Baby steps, I keep telling myself, both with the house and our budget. That's better than nothing!

Have a great Sunday!


Brandy said...

I gave up on Daughter's room. Son's is getting cluttered and there needs to be a major over-haul of his toys (what to keep, what to donate). As for budget, we've been really good about that this year thank goodness. I'm glad things are working out for you!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Marianne Arkins said...

If my DD doesn't clean her room, my DH (who is by FAR stricter than I am) goes in with a black garbage bag and fills it up with stuff that's not in place.

Sometimes she gets it back, sometimes she doesn't.

And mostly, she cleans her room.

Yeah, we're mean like that. Comes from marrying a man who spent years in the military.

catslady said...

I remember trying that trick about taking away any toys not picked up by the third warning. I boxed them away and instead of missing the stuff, they got use to not having it. Unfortunately they knew I wouldn't just throw it out. A bit of a help was if they did something good (like setting a table etc.) they would get something back. At least it got rid of some clutter lol.

Jane said...

I need to declutter, but I never get around to it.

Rottie_mom said...

Love to pic.

Growing up I was always pretty good about keeping my room clean, I think it was my whole obsessive behavior lol. On other hand my bro got the black trashbag routine more often than not lol.

Good luck with the decluttering!