One thing I try to do every day

The bosses of the house,
Pictured here at an Actual museum, not our house :)

I guess it goes without saying that I am an organized person.  And if I had all of the time and money in the world, my entire house would be as chic as any room pictured in an interior design magazine.  I have no shortage of ideas for things I'd love to do- but the reality of the situation is that my house is not a museum. 

I may live here, but the real bosses of this house are ages 2 and 4. 

I have hundreds of ideas for how and where to store toys...but I don't want to live in a house where no one can play. 

As much as I sometimes wish that the main living areas of our home could look more like the adults run the show, and all of the toys and kiddie crap could just reside in the's not really practical to completely live that way.  During the day, my kids run the show.  We don't always put everything away the minute we're done playing with it because chances are that 5 min later someone will want to play with it again.  I try very hard not to be that lady running after my kids straightening up their path of destruction by the minute.  It's difficult at times because the mess can drive me crazy- but I know that living in the moment with my kids is more important than cleaning their fingerprints off of the front door or making sure that none of the pieces from Candy Land end up in the box for Chutes and Ladders.  

Anyone who has been in my house (especially unannounced!) can tell you that while my closets may be organized, the pathway between the front door and the living room is generally full of shoes, books, toys, crayons, and probably some unfolded laundry :) 

As much as I am NOT at all the typical 50s housewife, and at 6pm I do not greet my working husband at the door with a kiss and a drink  wearing heels and an apron-there is one thing that I try to do mainly for his sake.  It's to try to tackle the clutter in that main entry way every afternoon.  I know that if I am gone for the afternoon and I come home to a clean path between the front door and the back of the house it puts me in a much better mood than walking in and tripping over a pair of shoes.  This 5pm cleanup is not the time for deep cleaning or even really putting everything back where it "goes."  It's pretty much me hanging up jackets, putting shoes into the closet, piling the toys into their baskets, and running 2 or 3 laundry baskets upstairs so that I can put the laundry away later that night while the kids are in the bath.  

 In my general organizing routines, I try to come up with ways to keep the hidden spaces clean, so that when it's time to restore order to my house at the end of the day- there's a place to put everything.  I try to come up with ways to keep frequently used items right at our fingertips, so that once in awhile we will actually put things away as we finish with them, (and then my job at the end of the day is easier).  But I will say it's surely no coincidence that most of the photos on this blog are cropped VERY closely to the point to interest, and if my husband comes home early, the front entryway looks NOTHING like what you see in the picture above.

1 comment:

  1. The entryway of every house is always a dump zone. We're just two grown ups and our little hallway gets over run with shoes, bakets of stuff to take upstairs, mail, bags, and jackets. It's nuts! I also try to take just 5-10 minutes each day to make this space orderly - it changes my entire attitude about the house. Even if the rest of the house truly is a disaster, it doesn't seem so bad if this little area is tidy.



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