Ruling my roost

7 May


Ladies and (well honestly) more ladies, I have been inspired. I’m on a mission to become master of my domain. Ruler of my roost. Basically, the time has come to get all clean and organized up in here.

My house isn’t terrible, like not Hoarders terrible, but it’s kind of all the time cluttery. And when I take the time to clean, it’s usually just trying to keep up with dishes, bottles, and laundry (which I do on a daily basis). I don’t exactly, okay this is embarrassing, but I don’t exactly clean clean. I just recently started making myself vacuum J’s room and sweep in the kitchen and eating area. But like, washing toilet bowls, scrubbing sinks and tubs, mopping (haha), dusting, these aren’t activities I can honestly say I engage in on any remotely sort of regular basis.

I like to say I didn’t get the cleaning gene. Because I can cook up a storm and bake you under the table. My mom is the opposite. She absolutely loathes cooking of any kind but is OCD about cleanliness in her home. I wish I could have both. I wish keeping organized and clean came naturally to me because I truly do enjoy a clean and tidy space.

If I was working, honestly, I’d pay someone to do it. Since we’ve been home from the hospital, my mom has come over a few times to do it. But I’m realizing that it’s a skill that can be learned and worked at. Cooking well didn’t always come naturally to me either. When we first got out of college I was mostly eating things that came out of jars or boxes (just add chicken!). If I asked the me of back then to whip up a lemony zucchini and ricotta lasagna (a recent dinner) or swirl together some chia seed pudding (new fav breakfast of DH’s), I would’ve been quite puzzled indeed.

I’ve been inspired first of all by just spring cleaning in general, and by the fact that Juni will soon be mobile which scares the crap out of me because eww our floors, and by the fact that I know a large part of my day to day unhappiness is caused by stress over how cluttered things are, and by Belle‘s recent series on cleaning. She’s my new hero. Please keep teaching us, teacher! (Also: I want this book!)

And honestly, I’m home all day and it’s kind of embarrassing. Belle talked about the sense of accomplishment in having a cleaning routine and I so admire that.  But one of my biggest problems is, you can’t clean while there’s clutter, but you can’t clear the clutter if there’s no organized place to put it. Most of our closets are overrun with stuff we don’t ever use. That needs to change. If everything has a place, I can put it there, and then I can come up with a cleaning routine that works for us and is (hopefully) manageable.

This is all part of me finally accepting that, for now at least, I’m a homemaker. So I should try to be a better one. I’m used to excelling in my career. And even though housework never ends, hey, neither does office work. Projects lead to more projects. There’s still plenty for me to take pride in around the house. I actually started this post a few weeks ago and have done A LOT since then. I’ll be back soon to update you all on my progress. I’m starting with organizing and then will get a good cleaning routine down.

Wish me luck on my journey!


6 Responses to “Ruling my roost”

  1. Trisha May 8, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    I wish you luck! I’m still trying to get our house under control. It is amazing how much space is taken up by such a little person’s things. Juni is getting so big and beautiful! I love seeing pictures of her!

  2. Courtney May 8, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Cleaning is not my thing either, but I’m about to make an awesome birthday cake for Brian tonight. We hire cleaners, and we both love it. Neither of us likes to clean, so we don’t. We can fix anything in the house between the two of us, I do all yard work, we both can cook and love doing that together, I do the birthday cakes for his family, etc. But we don’t clean. Because we suck at it and the house would never be clean if we took that on.

    My sister loves to clean. And she’s a great cook. But she makes box birthday cakes for her kids. 😉

    Ha ha!

    Good luck! And if you decide to hire it out, remember…. No shame in that, my friend!

  3. Northern Star May 8, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    Is that a picture of J??? Oh my goodness, how adorable!

    When I was at home full time with Moonbeam I started a cleaning routine and it was awesome. Now I’m back to work and we’ve grown more accustomed to doggie hair and crumbs. We invested in a roomba and now that little robot does a ton of my dirty work.

    Good luck! It’s a big feat, but with such a big transition in life (i.e. baby), it sure is necessary to take stock of those closets and toss so much crap that at one point seemed important, isn’t there?

    Have fun!

    • Shelley May 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      Yes. I decided to start sharing more. 🙂

  4. Amy May 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I’m with you, girl! I have a huge goal to get the house organized with systems in place by the end of June. We can do it!!

  5. jjiraffe May 9, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    So happy to see a post from you!

    I remember the photos of your nursery – they were absolutely gorgeous, worthy of a spread in Apartment Therapy! I imagine the rest of your home is just as lovely.

    I spy a beautiful baby 🙂

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