I wasn’t meant to be domestic, I think. I’m not a tidy person by nature, and I’m lazy. But I firmly believe that with effort, people can change . . . which is why I’m trying very hard right now to implement a cleaning routine. I love it when my house is clean – but it seldom is. At this point, I’ll be satisfied with the expected mess that comes with little kids, rather than the overwhelming mess generated by laziness and a lack of order.

I get discouraged really easily, so I often try to tackle an entire at once, end up staying up late to finish, and get burned out, which means I especially don’t want to clean anything ever again. With that in mind, I started this past week by clearing out my storage cupboard and sorting through all of the kids’ toys. I could sit down while I went through toys, and the kids were so happy to see the things I’d stashed in my closet for the past few months that they were only minimally disruptive. Today I cleaned my bathroom, throwing out lotions and expired medicines, moving the not-kid-friendly things up to a top shelf, and reorganizing the cabinets so we can actually get to the things we use most. Then, of course, there was a lot of wiping down and cleaning and taking out trash. And then I tackled my bedroom.

I’d actually made a deal with Jarom at Christmastime that he’d help me get the bedroom completely clean and keep it tidy for 3 weeks. We’ve worked on it a little at a time on the weekends, but today I got it to the point where there’s a box of stuff to donate, costumes that need a storage box, a few things to go in the shed or cellar, and Jarom’s stuff that I didn’t know what to do with. I even cleaned off the pencil marks from where June scribbled on the door shortly after we moved in. Now if I can get these last few things cleared out, I’ll just need to do quick pick-up every night and then make the bedroom/bathroom a once-a-week deep cleaning.

This is a great theory, of course . . . we’ll see how it goes in practice.



In our basement apartment, we had this cool Ikea wardrobe for the kids’ room. Jarom’s grandma got it for us when June was born, and it was perfect for keeping clothes organized. We had a small dresser in the closet for stuff-that-doesn’t-fit-yet.


I’m shocked to find that I miss this little room.

Our house has built-in wardrobes in every bedroom, so the kids didn’t need the Ikea thing anymore. I knew I wanted to set up a desk in my bedroom for a work area, so I decided to use the Ikea wardrobe as a supply cupboard. After I got everything unpacked it was nicely organized. Guess how long that lasted? Actually, I did reorganize the cupboard a few times as I added new supplies. But eventually it ended up looking like this:


This morning I decided to tidy my supplies. There were plenty of things I never use, or seldom do; I’d sorted through the box of pens, markers, and pencils before we moved, but in the past 7 months a lot of the pens have stopped working. They got tossed, as did the plethora of highlighters. We had about a dozen each of yellow, pink, and orange. I think Jarom got a lot of free highlighters at law school – but neither of us uses highlighters at home anymore. (Hooray for being done with school!)

I could still use a few containers to really be organized, but at the end of 20 minutes my cupboard now looks like this:



Evan on Superheroes

This week, Evan talks about superheroes, a red octopus, and dinosaurs!