Thursday, November 29, 2012

Clean room

How do you clean your house?  Do you clean one room at a time or do everything in one day in a major cleaning fest?

I used to clean everything in one day.  Then I would to take a long hot bath, pat myself on the back, and not worry about it until the next week.

Then I had the terror known as Carter.

I say that jokingly...  sorta.

Now, I clean when I can but I never feel like the house is clean like clean enough that I can sit down and not feel guilty.  Take yesterday for example.  I cleaned the bathroom.  Like really, really cleaned the bathroom.  That kinda of clean that some people only do once a year but my father does every other day at his house.  I'm extremely efficient, but it took me about 75 minutes uninterrupted to do this.  Then I walked in my room, sat down and felt like I accomplished nothing because my room is a mess!  The baby woke up from his nap and was ready to eat so I couldn't do anything about it right then.  So instead I made a list of what I needed to do to get things done in there.  The list is 2,000 feet long! 

Let me take a moment to let you know we just moved into a new house August 4th.  I was 32.5 weeks pregnant.  August 9, 10, 11 I was in the hospital in preterm labor.  August 14th the baby was born. 
So I've been trying to turn this house into a home bit by bit.
My problem is our old house had large closets.  Seriously my closet could have been a 4th bedroom.  Our new home has little bitty closets so I have a bunch of stuff I have no idea what to do with.  I need to buy about 3 dressers because we don't own any, because our old closets were HUGE.  However, we lack the $$$. So I have a lot of stuff that doesn't really go anywhere.  I have decluttered to the max, so everything we have, we need.  I have great storage solutions for the boys, just not us.  I found these lovely cabinets.  I want 3 of them to span one wall in our bedroom.  Look down until you see the price tag.  That is why we don't own them.  I don't want to settle on something cheaper I don't love.  I have been advised to get something temporary (thrift store cheap). 
Here is the reason why I don't want to do that...
Remember him, the cute guy.  He would not let me get those lovely dressers if we have already spent money on something temporary, no matter how little money.  He is totally against "fixin' something that ain't broke." 

If you look in the back ground of the picture you can see what I mean.  In the dresser are our summer clothes.  That dresser is actually our buffet from our dining room set.  You see all the pillows stacked in the corner.  Where do you put those when they are not on your bed?  My linen closet is the size of my pinky.  It doesn't even fit all our towels and sheets.  (Yes those are aluminum foil wrapped bunny ears aka antenna, told you we are serious about saving money.  And no we do not have netflix, hulu, or any of the other tv cheats.)  So here are some real room pictures.

So the line on the wall is a Christmas count down for Cade.  I'll post about it later.  As you see we have an elliptical machine, pack and play, and travel bassinet.  Where do you keep these things?  I don't want them in the garage. 
Then we have the chair I need to recover and the printer.

Here we have the car seat's home when not in use and the fancy bedding.

You can see I need a bed skirt but I have an idea to make one...  you will see soon.  Yes, the baby is asleep on there.  I laid him down so I could take these pictures.

There is my vanity that I refinished, that we found on the side of the road.  Yes, I am that person.  It is holding everything I need to nurse and is beside my beautiful but impractical white chair that will be uncovered when the kids get older.  Under the vanity is our luggage.  It either goes there or the pantry....  Awesome choices right?  Also notice the tray table in the middle of the room with books.  It is serving a purpose.  The baby monitor has to be in that location.  Any lower and it will shriek at me.

My goal is to make this bedroom a happy, loving place for my husband and me.  However, it is currently home to unfinished projects and things that don't go anywhere yet.

1 comment:

  1. I used to try to clean everything in one day too, but it's impossible now. I tried to create some sort of schedule, but it's just hard to do with two kids. I have a hard time finding places for "stuff" in my house too. I think we live in a world where we have access to things like pinterest and it makes us feel like we have to have our house perfect all the time. I think the reality is most mothers do not keep their homes perfect all the time. It's just not possible to do and give all the time we can to our children.

    I have piles of pillows in my room too. :)

    I also have a large picture collage frame that's been sitting in my dining room for a year waiting for me to put pictures in.

    I thought your house was beautiful when we visited!!!