Monday, January 23, 2012

Confessions of a Disorganized Housewife

Hey y'all! How is your day going so far? So far I've done my bible reading, fed the cats, fixed breakfast for J and myself (cheesy scrambled eggs and green smoothie), and managed about 10 minutes with my new exercise dvd. That's right, yup yup yup, I did not make it past the warm up stage. And I'm not even close to getting the warm up routine down yet. I am however, having fun with it. That's the main thing for me. I'm having fun and I'm getting my body some much needed exercise. Both J and I took our meds this morning as well, so we're doing pretty good so far. 
  Speaking of medicines you take each day, if you remember to take it each day like clockwork, no forgetting, congratulate yourself. If on the other hand you tend to get busy and forget like I do, I have some tips for you.
  • Write out a schedule and leave space for check marks, especially if you're taking more than one medicine and the dosage times are scattered throughout the day. The schedule can be on the fridge, in your control journal, or your day planner if you have one. 
  • Set an alarm (or as many as you need) on your cell phone to remind you its meds time.
  • One person I follow on Pinterest said she turns her bottle upside down until she takes her pill, then she turns it right side up again so she can tell at a glance.
  •  Also on pinterest was a picture of a bottle of a liquid medication. The back of the bottle had AM and PM written on the top with lines unerneath it for each day the syrup had to be taken. Place a check mark in the correct spot each time you take it and you can tell at a glance if you've missed.
 I know we are already receiving February issues of magazines, but I just had to share something I found in the January 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living. She spoke of having an entire homekeeping room (!) where she can keep her extra cleaning supplies and have space to do any cleaning or repairs on her furnishings and decorative items. For most of us that is just not possible, but I loved the idea. I continued reading. I decided that surely I could come up with a central space for needed household items such as cleaning supplies, and i can set up a broom organizer such as this gadget here  found on You can also find them at Walmart or Target or the local hardware store. Your broom and mop are off the floor and out of the way. It can be installed in a coat closet or even behind the kitchen door if you're short on space like I am. I'm thinking of something similar possible for the rake and other outside tools. 
  Also Martha had a fabulous idea: in the magazine article she posted a list of kits that she has in her own home so that you can find what you're looking for in an instant. A few suggestions are a first aid kit, a battery kit (how nice to have a container for the batteries you buy on sale, in different voltages so you don't have to hunt through the house or "borrow" the batteries from Junior's  noisy firetruck to keep the smoke detector working), a picture hanging kit --nails, picture wire, all those little things needed. She had several others on her list so either decide what you need for your home or check out the issue next time you're at the library. 
  So what do you have on the cleaning agenda today? I still need to clean my dishes and my main area of attack today is my bedroom closet. It's time for me to purge and organize. If it no longer fits or it hasn't been worn in a long while, out it goes. This weekend I plan to buy a hook for the outside of the closet door to hold the next day's outfit. This will encourage me to prepare for busy mornings the night before and will make mornings, especially Sunday mornings, run a lot smoother!  
  Until next time, have a great day. Let me know how you're doing!

1 comment:

  1. This is my one day I can stay all day at home. There's always something to take me away, though. Today, it's a funeral in the afternoon. So, I have this morning to clean and organize. I like the idea of a central place for everything, but I have an upstairs, and I thinks it's a good idea to have one on both floors. Martha would surely agree with that, right?

    So you asked what am I doing? Kitchen and dining room with a couple loads of laundry and a Great Folding of the Clothes that are still lying around from last few washloads.