Monday, March 29, 2010

The "New" Me (Well the new me in progress)

All of the posts on here are usually about the kids, but this one is about me....

So. most of you who know me well, know that from the day I was born I have been an unorganized person. It's always seemed to work for me, I never had any complaints about it. Although, I am sure others in my life have. But since becoming mother, I have realized that maybe it isn't so great to be unorganized. And I come to realize that the organization skills that some of us possess is in our DNA. Some of us are born natural organizers, some of us can be but usually have to work at it, and well, some of us just don't have a tiny speck of it in our DNA.... that would be me!!! Trust me, there have been times in my life that I made an effort (maybe not a big one, but I made it). With each kid that I have, I realize how much easier my life would be with a little organization in it. Shortly after finding out that we were having a 3rd child, I panicked and thought, I have to get myself organized if I want to stay sane!!! Well, with 5 months to go until baby Presley makes her appearance, I decided to get serious about this. At first, it was a struggle and I couldn't stay consistent with it. Some of you are probably thinking, what is so hard about this. Well, like I said before it's just not in my DNA and I have spent the last 30 years not being organized. It's tough to change old habits! I envy those mom's who seem to have it all together. They are always on time, their kids always have the stuff they need, they are not running through the house trying to gather everything they need to get their kids out the door for the day, they have all these neat ideas for keeping things organized... you know just those mom's who seem to "have it all together"! Those are the mom's that I look at and think, I want to be that mom!! I realized that my kids are loved unconditionally and properly taken care with an unorganized to mom. And at this point in their lives they don't know the difference. But my life would be so much better and not feel so hectic and my kids wouldn't feel my frustration either. And if I start now, hopefully this can be a character trait that they will be able to possess in their life, because we all know it wasn't something I was blessed with. So, this is a new beginning for me... I am going to be that "all together mom"!! I started with the small things.... like getting the girls' clothes organized. When I don't have time or feel like completing the laundry, I just fold the girl's clothes in a laundry basket and go on. Well, this became a very bad habit and it was driving me crazy!! I couldn't find their clothes half the time or matching socks. I was wasting so much time digging through clothes and it was frustrating me. So Friday, I spent all afternoon and evening going through clothes. I hung up or folded and put away all of their clothes, including their summer and spring stuff. I packed away all their clothes they are no longer wearing. I made sure all the socks were matched and put away, all the shoes were put away and all of their blankets organized in a basket in the closet. It felt good when I was done and I felt like I had accomplished something. I have been making an effort and hope to make it a nightly routine, to make sure their clothes are laid out for the next morning.... everything, from diaper/underwear to shoes and socks to the their jackets. This is helpful for Ryleigh too. She now dresses herself and knows where her clothes are and can grab them and get dressed. I make sure that all bags and anything else that has to leave with us the next morning is ready go before I go to bed. It's amazing how much easier it makes my morning. I realize I have a long way to go, but that certainly is a start to staying sane in the mornings!! And my kid's wont go back to keeping their wardrobe in a laundry basket. I worked all weekend on the laundry and making sure as it came out of the dryer it was put away... I am almost completely done! It's a great feeling! My next step, getting my butt out of bed and to work on time!! this morning I was doing good.... then I decided to do some laundry since I was getting ready earlier than usual, then I stopped for gas and let Ryleigh go in for a donut. I was still at work earlier than usual, but this is my next step! I will be that mom who has it all together and doesn't look or feel like I am about to fall apart at any second!!!!!! And as I said before, this isn't easy when you spent 30 years not really caring if you were an organized person or not..... so this is to a "new" and better me!!!! The organized and all together mom that I envy so much... that will be me!! It may take me the next 5 months it get to down and make it part of my life, but I will be that mom!!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is funny! I never thought of you as that unorganized. But good luck on the "new" you :). I need to work on that, too!