Friday, November 14, 2008

Overwhelmed and Stuck!

It seems I have been in a funk lately. I can't seem to manage life lately. What happened to the young 21 year old (before kids) that was a night owl, loved tackling projects and needed only 4-5 hours of sleep? Is that girl gone forever? I don't know. I certainly do not know her anymore and am in survival mode. With 3 lively little ones, all under 5, a stressful job, and plenty of volunteer work at our local church; every minute of my life is consumed. My home is not a haven of organization and peace and has seemed to throw our life into chaotic turmoil. I have under-estimated the value and importance of being organized. This stark realization hit me several weeks ago when I felt the walls were closing in on me and it seemed like everything I needed this particular week couldn't be found underneath all the clutter. Mentally I was screaming, "I can't live like this!!" or " I know I saw that somewhere around here, where did I just see that?"
It wasn't long after I found the amazing site and Debbie Jordan Kravitz. I read her online book and have been following her e-zines and blogs. Her expertise and simple, clear instructions made it easy for me to mentally wrap my mind around possibly solving my clutter problems for good! This is the first time I have been motivated in years and it's about time! I have decided to join the November procrastination project. I always like a good challenge and love to win!

So, I was inspired by the family launch pad concept. Our typical (before school) morning was digging through piles on the floor looking for shoes, backpacks, lunchbags and more! Complete dissaray! This lead to high-stress, chronically late mornings! So I have been working on an area that will be an organized family launch pad for our home. Also, we recently moved to our new home around a year ago. My kitchen does not have a pantry, and our kitchen was overloaded with boxed and canned food and papers all over! So, I finally went out and bought a temporary pantry and worked on putting this together for a much better storage option! Before and after pictures soon to come!
3 projects for November:

1. family launch pad
2. kitchen storage
3. taming papers (mail and papers inbox)

1 comment:

  1. You can't imagine how touching it is to know I've been able to help you. Thank you so much for posting your kind words. You certainly seem to have taken my motivation and tips and run with them!

    You're taking on a lot this month, but the progress you've made already is amazing. I can't wait to see your before and after pictures. Congatulations for taking on this challenge and good luck with your projects. Be sure to keep us updated at Virtually Organized so you can help motivate others who feel "overwhelmed and stuck."

    All my best,