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On The Right Track

Its amazing what you can accomplish with a lot of caffeine, husband willing to preoccupy the kids, a label maker, a Walmart storage sale and determination….

We live in such a small place, that it gets messy to quickly, and looks cluttered all the time! We have 2 adults, a toddler and an baby in a 720 sq. ft apartment, oh and the kitty cat! So, as I stated before,  My Pre-New Years goal is to go into the new year with a clean and well organized, de-cluttered house! Well, since the madness of the holidays has passed in our world, I have started getting that ball going. I cashed in a few gift cards I got from family for Christmas, and did some Boxing Day shopping for storage containers to help my cause.

I have after shots only of my bathroom because my husband… Well he didn’t want pictures of his underwear all over the internet!

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We have an influx of Toilet paper because I always buy when its on sale if we need it or not!

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Then we have all our needs in separate totes that I got for $1.50 each at Wal-Mart… I should have gotten more to organize my sons room a bit better… you will see that later.

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Now we have extra baby wipes ( which I am running low on and need to add to my grocery list. I have my Kleenex and Clorox, beside my makeup! Pushed out of reach of my sons grabby fingers, all the sheets for our bed, and the kids beds… Don’t mind my dirt laundry at the bottom… (oops)

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And Now we have a clean functional counter top that isn’t full and messy… Yes I know I still need to wipe things down.

Now, that was what I did yesterday, TODAY, I cleaned my sons room… now before you jump on me… he is only 2 and his room became a dumping ground for the toys that both kids and a few other things, that really didn’t need to be in his room…. so here is his room before.

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Unmade bed… with random toys and blankets, books and toys piled.

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Diaper boxes closet over filled with more toys, activity table with no home…. doll house with no real purpose in a boys room (It was mine when I was little my grandpa built it for me.)

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Dog bed in the middle of the floor, ( We dont even have a dog… or ever had a dog.) Books and clothes, Sisters snow suit… for some reason….

Now the After (after 2 and half hours, and locking my son out of his room after 10 minutes of him “helping”)

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A tote box for Spuds Diapers, and a tote box for Tally’s Diapers, both full and overflow stacked inbetween. Extra baby blankets and a small comforter for Spud. Pink toy box for Tally’s toys, Dog bed on top of the doll house out of the way.

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ATV parked, toys put in 4 boxes in the closet and his little man reading chair put in there as well.

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Big red Reading chair cleaned off and stacked with all his new Star Wars toys, The foot stool turned into a end table for his night light/flashlight. Bed is made and only a few Stuffies were left on bed, for bed time….

So in 2 days I have cleaned 2 rooms… I have the kitchen, living room and our room left over to get done… There are 3 days left and 3 rooms left to do… when really I can do the kitchen and living room in one day…. We will see.

Look forward to sharing more of my progress before the new year.

TTYL

Ashton

The Mommy Dilemma

What do you do first…. ?

Last night, you caught a case of the “fuck-its”, where you looked at that pile of laundry that needed to be folded and said, “Fuck it.”

The kids actually went down to bed at their proper bed time, no fighting at all! And you look around at the toys… Snack plates, sippy cups, bottles and a few stray Cheerios “hiding” under the TV stand… It’s only 8 pm, you have time to do all the cleaning, unload and load the dishwasher, fold the laundry… But just as you are getting out of the chair, you say “Fuck it!”

You find that home spa kit your husband bought you 2 years ago, you never got to open, bust out the bath salts, bubble bath the scented candles and pour that extra large glass of wine! As the tub is filling you look at YOUR book shelf, and grab a book you have been meaning to finish for the past 4 years. You put the baby monitor on the counter beside the bottle of wine, there is no sence in wasting that tonight, because god knows when this will happen again! 

Jusat as you put your hair in the bun, and start to strip….. The baby starts to whine.

What do you do? You know by the whine, she is not hungry, dirty or sick… You triple checked everything in her crib, before you started this, that there was nothing that would fall on her, or for her to cover her face with. BUT, you know that the whine will turn into a cry, only for 5 minutes max, but in that 5 minutes the cry will possibly wake the toddler… And he will be much more difficult to passify back to sleep.

What do you do? Because, after fighting with the toddler back to sleep, the bath will be cold and you might as well start on the nightly chores and turn in to bed, because after a nights sleep, it starts all over again the next day.

Or, do you continue with you awesome case of the “fuck-its” and leave it up to chance and crawl in that nice warm bath with bubbles and lavender and rose scents, while the picture of Fabio on the cover of your book calls to you. This is an impossible mommy dilemma. 

Each mom will answer differently…

Each mom is justified in her choice…

But you know what the ultimate solution is to this dilemma…

“Oh Honey!! The baby is crying for Daddy!” 

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Love, Hearts, and Pretty Things

Ashton <3