……is currently annoying me. A lot.
Firstly, it seems to messy ALL THE TIME. Because my kids are SUPER messy. Actually it’s not both of them – it’s ONE of them that is the problem. I am by no means a neat freak, but I do need some form of order in order to be happy.
I am constantly falling over toys, there are books everywhere (even in MY BED because apparently that’s the best place in the house to read!), there is paper all over the show and this past weekend I lost my nuts because there were shoes AND SOCKS and a bike IN MY LOUNGE!
Ugh. The other day, someone (I won’t say who), even managed to open a nail polish to paint a pentagon shape on his arm – I think he has tattoo desires – best I get him a temporary one ASAP. He was very proud of his pentagon BUT he left my nail polish open. On my kitchen counter! As an aside, don’t you think it’s fantastic that he knows the shape of a pentagon? I was secretly thrilled but I had to show my angry face because otherwise he’ll think it’s OK to scratch in my nail polish and paint himself with it.
SO. My DH and I TOGETHER are tackling an area every evening. So far we have made a long, long, long list and we have been spending 15 minutes (minimum) per area. So far we’ve been able to tick off THREE things off our long, long, long, LONG list.
I’ve also revised a chore chart for BOTH kids. Obviously Child2 needs some guidance and he likes you to do stuff WITH him but Child1 can manage on his own. Of course the fact that he now has to earn points to play x-box and watch TV does count help A LOT. And I’ve also revised our cleaning roster (washing dishes, cleaning bathroom etc) for every evening. So far it’s going OK. Desired effect not reached YET but I am sure that I will feel better about this in a few days when all of them are more comfortable in their roles.
Secondly, I’m not really liking that my home seems to have WINTER written all over it. I need the sunshine back in there. So I’m painting the lounge this weekend. Yellow. My DH asked me if I was sure. I said, why not. You only live once. In fact I think we can do each room a different (VERY BRIGHT) colour. WE could live in a rainbow house of many colours. Do you realise how big this is for me? I’m usually too nervous to use anything other than white on the walls.
And we’ve decided to DUMP our couches. We HATE them. They are big and bulky and just gross.
So, this weekend, weather permitting, I’m stripping the bedding and I’ll be changing the curtains. And I’ll buy paint for the lounge. AND we are dumping the couches. Not sure where yet, maybe I’ll put an add up on Gumtree. I have no plans to paint or anything – that’s my DH’s job. I’ll just hang out with Rose or go swim with the kids or something.
Seriously. Summer is here already! I need for my surroundings to reflect that.
IS your house constantly messy? How do you keep it under control? Have you made any drastic (inexpensive) changes to your home lately? Do share with me please?