(but crying on the inside)
I know, I know, I’m so freaking rah, rah 2015 NEW YEAR NEW ME! It’s annoying! Haha I keep sharing all the lessons I learned in 2014 (which by the way, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your sweet words and comments, I sat and sobbed happy tears) and then posting selfies of me exercising and NOW THIS! Organizing? Can we seriously throw a party or bake some cookies or something?!
NO! Not yet. Ugh nooooot yeeetttt. First I have to clean my room. Or at least, the kitchen.
So I mentioned, or more like droned on and on, in my interview with Design Mom last month, and my Holiday House Tour, how we moved into this house over 5 years ago, and never intended on staying. Eric bought it before we were married, and so I’ve never taken mental ownership over it. It’s just this place I get stuff done and snuggle with my peeps.
It’s set up to be a rental (the basement can be its own unit and has its own kitchen) and frankly I never wanted to stay here. So I invested in my business, I invested in myself (these lashes and nails ain’t cheap) and I invested in my family. But I have NOT been investing in this house.
I did Rad’s room up right, and noticed that it’s like, the only room in the house that stays clean. And that’s because 1. He’s a small small child who spends very little time in his room and 2. Because I took a lot of time and effort to make it cute, so I like to keep it clean. And then it dawned on me…HOLY CRAP. That’s why people decorate their houses! Not just for photoshoots and blogs, and because they are like obsessed with wall art, but because it makes it a more wonderful happier place to be.
In my parents defense and Eric’s parents defense, we both grew up in nice, clean, organized houses and had to do chores and work. We are not filthy animals or spoiled rotten, but we just let our home get super chaotic and cluttered while we were busy doing other things.
Having Ana (my heavenly cleaning lady) for the past 6 months or so has done wonders, but cleaning the bathrooms and floors is one thing, taking care of 5 years of unorganized spices in the cabinets? Well that’s another.
Anyway, this is what your house looks like when you neglect it for 5 years.
I’ve decided not to feel bad that I’m 31 and a total mess, because keeping an orderly home happens to not be my particular skill set. Also, we own a house, we are healthy, we are blessed, life is great, even if it’s not picture perfect.
I’m really good at lots of things. I apparently just suck, or more so–have let myself suck, at home organization.
I’ve decided to work on a reward basis. My reward for cleaning the cabinets, is that we are going to get them painted white! Something I’ve wanted to do for 5 years. I found a painter who I can afford, he also painted Club Alison, and then I’m setting some fun things up with an organizing professional! So here’s a fun BEFORE for you. This is my kitchen as clean as it gets!
The bad news is that even though I’m not painting the cabinets myself, it’s still been a lot of work cleaning them out, sorting through everything, and getting it ready to be organized. I’m going to have to say no to more work while I focus on this and that stresses me out. I am speaking at 2 conferences, Alt Summit and Bash Conference the 3rd week of January, so with prepping for those and the house, I’m trying SO SO hard not to add too many other things. But I’m kind of like an addict. I’m honestly jonesing for a deadline, table settings, SOMETHING.
Anyway. It’s not like we are born knowing how to be organized, right? Or maybe you were? How do you guys do this? Do you like clean your house out every year? Do you do that spring cleaning thing? Is that a real thing?! Hahahaha. I think maybe I missed some memo. Will you all please tell me how to be an adult? That would be helpful.
Ok, wish us luck! I love you all.