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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Lately I've been feeling a bit fustrated about getting it all done, being a good mom and wife, working and just everything in general. I've been stressed. I've been snippy. I've been irritated and in a downright foul mood. So I've decided to change some things in my life.

First, I'm going to just let it go. I will not get fustrated if the dishes are not done, but I will try hard to make sure they get done. I will not get angry because Reagan wants my attention and all I want to do is finish the mountain of laundry.

Second, I'm going to organize. Organizing makes it easier to get the things done that DO need to be done.

Third, I'm going to reward myself and be nice to myself by listing my accomplishments instead of constantly berating ME for not finishing this or not doing that or not spending enough time with Reagan or Josh.

So I've come up with a list of household tackles that need to be done on a daily basis (or close enough ;)):

Daily Cleaning List:
Vacuum house
empty trash bins

make bed
empty hamper and put away clothes

Reagan’s room:
make bed
empty hamper and put away clothes
put up toys

clean counters
spray tub/shower

Sitting room:
As needed pick up

wipe counters

laundry room:
scoop litter box
do load of laundry

family room:
pick up toys

Every Friday evening:
mop kitchen/bath/laundry
clean toilet
wash bathroom rugs
wash bed linens and towels
wash cat bowls

bill pay

I'm also making a new rule that weekends are weekends. Besides my office work on Saturday, weekends are going to become family time again, not cleaning time.

I've also come up with a deep clean system: 31 notecards, each with a 15 minute deep clean item...one for each day of the week after Reagan goes to bed or during her nap...example: wash interior windows, dust family room and so forth; same goes for household projects I want to tackle...like Tuesday's tackle: scraping paint of kitchen floor that someone (yes that would be me) spilled.

And as a reminder of how much I've gotten done just since yesterday, here are a few of my accomplishments!
-Took care of my beautiful daughter
-Took Reagan to playgroup
-Took Reagan to the park
-Babysat a friend's daughter
-Got a new freezer
-Grocery shopping
-Some laundry
-Dropped off items at Goodwill
-Made oil change appointment
-Dropped off items at drycleaner
-Fence estimates

And that is my tackle for today!


  1. Oh, I can relate to this (we're a lot alike if you've never noticed :)). I went through a time several months ago where I was constantly beating myself up because I didn't meet my own standards and expectations; not a good thing. I divided up my "chores" similar to what you've done and it really helped.

    Just keep in mind that in the end God won't care if your house was spotless, but you will be required to answer for how you loved those around you and raised that precious baby girl.

    Great tackles, and happy Tuesday!

  2. Phew! I'm tired just reading your list! Please send the clutter fairy to my house. Make sure she has her super sized wand! :D

    Come check out the progress of my Enchanted Sunflower Forest.

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  3. Wow! That's a mighty big tackle. Good luck and I know you'll get it done ;-)

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  4. Great tackle. And yes, you know what, you do have to let go. Good for you for not taking as long to figure that out as I did! lol

    Love the pic of your little one. So cute!

  5. You have a good plan and are wise to understand that you can only do so much.


  6. Oh, my, that is quite a list. I would need a professional!

  7. Wow, that's a big committment!

    I used to make a calendar of sorts - what I would achieve on certain days of the week - only to find either I wouldn't have time on those days for the chores noted, or I just couldn't bring myself to do them. Now I've resorted to the "do what you can when you can" mentality. It seems to be working for me. *hee*

  8. I think that is a great plan. :-) It does get overwhelming sometimes. I just sat down and tweaked my schedule the other day too.

    I also like the way you listed what you have done. That always makes me feel better.


  9. Um, remember the candle wax incident of '97??


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