Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My kitchen...I love thee!

First, I want to do this.  I won't.  Promise.  Well, at least not this year.  But I am Evernoting it.

Second, I am loving my kitchen's new sheen.  Jean Hanson over at has this nifty little series of emails/blog posts that slowly help you get your feet under you in your chosen area.  I chose "Nest."  I have been looking for something that will get me motivated and organized with the cleaning and the laundry.  Cleaning and organization are not a problem for me.  I have had to limit myself to vacuuming once a day.

My kryptonite is putting things away.  If I get a pen out to scribble a note, it could be two weeks before I even notice the darn thing to put it away.  This used to be annoying, now it is practically devastating especially if that pen is a Sharpie.  Let's not talk about scissors.  They have legs--I swear.

But several years ago I found  She is a bit more than I need, but certainly gave me some tools to stop my cycle of messiness and guilt.  She was able to teach me to do what my mom had been telling me to do for as long as I remember: "finish a job."  I don't always do it, but I do try and know how.  I had a piano professor once tell me that great performers don't always make good teachers.  My parents have a natural ability to be sterilely tidy.  They used to routinely wash the garage floor.  I feel good if I can walk on the floor in our garage.  So, I drove my mom to distraction, but I swear, I didn't know how to keep my things neat.  Well, that is what I am sticking with.

Flylady and I parted ways because she is kinda gorges your inbox.  Also, I got a little overwhelmed by the structure.  I just don't quite need all the tools she offers.

And then there was the shoe issue.  She preaches that you have to wear lace up shoes.  Well, some of my cutest shoes don't lace up.  And. I. Love. Shoes.  And I am bothered by non-compliance.  So, that was the end of my Flylady era.

So, I am exploring  I will let you know how it goes, but so far I am loving it.  Actually, I just followed one email and cleaned up My Space and it has infected the rest of my kitchen.

And, since my space is also my baking island, fun-mom made an unscheduled appearance today.  We made a version of Cheerios Jumbo Breakfast Cookies and I didn't have to spend thirty minutes cleaning the counters!


  1. Annie - I love this post! I'm so there with you! I want to me more organized and clean, however, life somehow gets in the way. And I only have 1 toddler. I can't image you having 3 that close together! You are SOOO supermom! :)

  2. Parents are super! And all the helpers we run into along the way. Three little just means I move more slowly and am learning what is most important. AND I don't work outside the home...


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