52 Weeks…..I’m actually following through!

My life is changing, I actually can feel it.  Of course after 35 years of working outside the home, and finally having the privilege….yes privilege to be a homekeeper, is definitely helping.  I have TIME and I get to choose how to use it each and every day.  It is wonderful.  Not that I am glad I have been diagnosed with a chronic pain disease, but I have learned (or am learning) to pace myself, exercise and take care of myself.  I am quite the homebody.  Thank you Laura from www.orgjunkie.com for continuing to help me through this major life shift!

This week’s Questions to Ponder:
1.  Do find cluttered surfaces make you a little crazy?   They are starting to!
2.  Are you managing to stay on top of your 52 weeks list? What list, I am not that organized!
3.  Are you being motivated by your successes yet? Definitely….see below!

This week I continued clearing surfaces.  After last week’s success with the dining room and continuing it this week:

 I immediately started on the kitchen.  Why do I continually have crap on my drainboards?  Habit I would imagine.  Time to start a new habit and boy did I!!  I cleaned everything off, evening cleaning off the microwave that normally has a bunch of crap on it.  Yes those are soapsuds in the sink, I just finished cleaning up after making breakfast and lunch for DH this morning.

I even put my WW stuff in a drawer and moved all the packets and stuff from that drawer into a nice little dollar store basket.  I know, I know, we should not buy before we know what we are organizing, but I think a few small baskets to have ready for this kind of little project is nice, especially since I hate leaving home!

I also prepurchased this cute little wire basket also from the Dollar Store:

I think DH is really liking the new organized me…(haha that’s an oxymoron).   Last night when I got home from my weekly pain group he had beef stroganoff simmering on the stove and nary a dirty dish in site. 

Now my husband did all the cooking and grocery shopping from our 3rd year of marriage (when I went back to work full-time with 2 toddlers) up until when I quit work last August.  I was his scullery maid…. for 30 years!  We had quite the dance down, he would open a can and dump contents, I would rip off label, rinse out and toss in recycling, he would chop vegetables, I would grab the knife and throw it in the soapy water…..then he would start looking for it because he was not done with it…..

So to come home to spotless counters AND dinner simmering was quite the change for him too.  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?? These two old dogs are doing pretty well I think!

Visiting each and every entry every single week of this challenge is really helping me with new ideas and staying excited about the progress we are all making.   Thank you everyone!

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About allysgrandma
Passionate homemaker after 35 years of working and raising daughters! Finally time for my first love (other than DH who I met when I was 12)....sewing and quilting.

16 Responses to 52 Weeks…..I’m actually following through!

  1. Sarah says:

    All your photos look beautiful. It’s also so inspiring to see how happy it is making you to get organized. I agree that staying home is a privilege and I try to thank my husband as often as I can for all the hard work he does so that I can stay home!

  2. danae says:

    you are rocking & a-rolling! i’m so impressed with how much you’ve gotten done!!! and i agree about keeping extra baskets on hand. i do the same thing. and i find it to be so helpful when i just have the itch to organize & don’t want to run out to the store, as well as for those projects that temporarily need some organization help. great job!!!

  3. Alexis says:

    Nice job this week. Keep it up. I am a stay at home mom and love it. But I do have my days where I wonder how in the world I am supposed to keep up with everything. But one day at a time, we can all do it.

  4. Shannon says:

    Ooh, you’ve got momentum now! PS. I just started WW (again!)

  5. Elisabeth says:

    You are right it is a priveledge to be able to stay at home; I’m glad your’re enjoying it so much. That’s great you’re making new habits; it can be very hard to do but having clean surroundings just feels SO much better. I picture you buzzing around your house with a feather duster determined to keep everything clean. lol

    • allysgrandma says:

      Haha, actually I have to set the timer and MAKE myself do housework because all I really want to do is work on quilts. My husband just called to say he was going to the local college basketball game tonight with a friend and I was like “whoopee now I can sew all night”!

  6. Becky L. says:

    Your kitchen looks great. Come help me! Right now I’m looking at what I can move out of there. I did some work this week and will post it soon, no photos downloaded yet, later today. Did some surface work myself. I have a post called Snow GrandBabys you need to see as one has Melody in her sweater! Hugs!

  7. MonicaB says:

    Everything looks wonderful! Keep up the great job.

  8. Alexandra says:

    You are doing a great job, everything looks great!! I was glad to see you featured at Orgjunkie. You so deserved the mention. Keep up the good work and I’m looking forward to next week’s project.

  9. Martha (MM) says:

    You are doing such a wonderful job and making so much progress! Congrats for being featured on Laura’s post today!! Your flowers in your precious post are gorgeous too! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  10. The Bearded Iris says:

    Well now that I know you are a quilter, I am CONVINCED that we are related. One of my organizing goals is to carve out a space somewhere so I can start quilting again… it’s been years. 😦 All those sharp cutters and pins and ironing just doesn’t fit with my forgetful nature and small children! Can’t believe all my kids still have all their fingers, actually.

    Love your clean kitchen counters! Amazing what putting your soaps/lotions in a basket can do for the that organized look. Must try that!! Look at us, hanging in there after 8 weeks?!!

  11. Linda says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. Your house looks lovely.

  12. Brooke says:

    Thank you for your comment on my blog, and for the great ideas of things I can add to my list! You are doing great with your organizing! I had to laugh when I read about you cleaning up behind your husband as he’s cooking and taking away the knife before he’s done with it….that sounds so much like my husband and I! Keep up the great work!!

  13. Michelle says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are doing great! Love all the clear surfaces!

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