Another journey around the sun…

My 51st year (and beyond) … heading towards a simpler existence (or just getting on top of it all!)

Day 021/365 — 11/09/2013

Day 021/365

Hmm… Three weeks in and I’m on a slippery backwards slide as far as the “shiny-sink-get-out-of-chaos” project goes.

Status: same as yesterday :/

The out-of-the-house part of my life is full on though. It’s an excuse and I really need to get more organised so that things start to run smoother all round. Oh well, one day at a time!

Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite 🙂

Posted on the go! From my Nokia Lumia 🙂

Day 020/365 — 10/09/2013

Day 020/365

Too many things AND not enough time.

No shiny sink and nothing decluttered.


Good news… on the IT front. My school email account has been cleaned out and everything put in order. Now to do the same with my home account…

Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite 🙂

Posted on the go! From my Nokia Lumia 🙂

Day 018/365 — 08/09/2013

Day 018/365

So before we left the house this afternoon the sink was super shiny! I knew the bench needed to be worked on. This is what I came home to:

The sink is shiny, the dog bowls are shiny, but the bench… where is it????

Another view…

I decided to clear the bench tonight. That was my project. In between preparing an application that needs to be submitted tomorrow. I should have known better. I’m not good at multi-tasking big jobs that need concentration or decision making. I got half way through the bench and remembered that the application needed some editing work. The Engineer was writing up the Finnish summary for me at the desk, so I took advantage of the clear space on the bench and set up my office there… here it is at 22:40 tonight. I’m heading to bed very soon and not going to pack it away – I’ll need to keep working on it tomorrow morning…

Half cleared bench and home office.

So let’s see how far I get with this little clearing project tomorrow.

Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite 🙂

The Goal! — 23/08/2013

The Goal!

I really should share my goal with you, after all, what is the point of me documenting this whole process?!

Have you, per chance heard of C.H.A.O.S.? Can’t Have Anybody Over Syndrome. No? Well, welcome to my reality :/ Sure, we can have people over. It generally entails a great hiding of stuff, or if it’s on very short notice, profuse apologising for the messy state of affairs…

If we take the hiding option it means dumping stuff on the bed, bathroom or sauna and then restricting entrance to those rooms. It might also mean stuffing cupboards to capacity and the hoping like hell that I don’t need to go looking for anything in the meantime 🙂

Of course, normal life means that all of the hidden stuff has to be moved elsewhere again so we can brush our teeth, use the sauna or go to sleep!

I’m really tired of it.
I’m tired of not being able to find stuff.
I’m tired of not being able to find space to put the important things in my life, the things I like or those pesky bits of paper that we need to keep for the taxman.
I’m tired of feeling anxious in my own home.
I’m tired of dodging the piles in the hallway.
I’m tired of the kitchen bench disappearing after only 24 hours of being clutter-free.
I’m tired of shifting things on the dining room table so we can eat a family meal in peace.
I’m tired of not being able to extend an invite to a friend to feel free to drop by anytime for coffee.
I’m tired of hearing The Engineer threatening to move out.
I’m tired of Mr. 14 telling me that I deserve my episode on “Hoarders”.
I’m tired on the in-laws making excuses not to stay with us or visit.
I’m very tired of feeling that it’s somehow all my fault.
I’m tired of being tired.

Is anybody else tired of being tired?

I need to be able to have people over at any time.
I need to rearrange the furniture so the house feels new again. Then rearrange again if it takes my fancy.
I need to be relaxed in my own home.
I need to get rid of lots of stuff.
I need The Engineer and Mr. 14 to believe in me.
I need to let go of being anxious about letting go!

I’ve heard it said that if your house is messy and has lots of clutter then it’s because you are lazy. Well stop right there. While I am many things, lazy is not one of them. The opposite in fact. Three jobs, two different areas of study plus home and family like does not put me in the lazy category.

So there you have it. The goal is be less overwhelmed, more organised and living a somewhat simpler life. This is my challenge. Come back later and I’ll let you know how day two has progressed…

Let me introduce myself. — 11/05/2012

Let me introduce myself.

This is actually my third blog. I had an exercise in creative writing on blog # 1 and Erica the Vulgar was born out of this piece. Last night book club were my guests. There was CRISIS CLEANING because I live in CHAOS. Head over to FlyLady and you can learn just what these phrases are all about.

One of our topics centred about one of our members who lives in an amazing apartment, all white and never any clutter. EVER. I am more than a little envious because my house will never look like this!

Now I’ve followed the Flylady for a couple of years now and somethings have stuck: making the bed every morning; using soap for toilet cleaner.I haven’t bought toilet cleaner for two years now.

Okay two things have stuck, and if I’m really honest it’s only the toilet cleaner that is the one change. I’ve been making my bed for as long as I can remember…

So this blog will be my journey from CHAOS to FLYING. I’ll post daily with pictures and tell you how I’m doing.

STEP ONE: I need to shine my sink.

An un-shiny sink

Another key Flylady principle is getting rid of perfection. Thus there is no alignment for this blog and I probably won’t do to much playing around with the layout. I will spell check though.

I’d like to come back later today and share my shiny sink with you.