Monday, September 17, 2012

A Clean Home is a Happy Home

I'm not sure who came up with that expression, but they are correct.  My house is never dirty (gross!) but sometimes it can become cluttered and disorganized. I find this to be true mostly in the summer when I'm busy. It seems that I spend so much time away that I don't have time to organize things. I keep things clean but sometimes I find various areas of my house to be cluttered with things. I guess they just pile up over time when I don't have the spare time to put things away. Please do not get an image of someone from the show "Hoarders." 

I am not NEARLY that bad.

I may not be bad at all... But to ME it seems that way. I was raised in a very neat and tidy home. My  Mom and Grandma don't have a lot of knick-knacks sitting around. They have some but not as many as I have. They also don't have two dogs. Or quite as many hobbies as I do. Definitely not as many clothes... No where near it! I think the clothes are my biggest problem. I will admit that I definitely do not like to try to put them away... I don't have room for them all. I have two closets and a dresser full. I can't use my third bedroom closet because it's full of craft supplies. I'd say crafting supplies are second on my list of "too much stuff," right behind clothing.

Anyway, at the end of last week I spent some time going through some stuff, cleaning and organizing it. I've successfully organized three rooms, with only my craft room and Mt. Clean Laundry (that needs to be put away) to deal with. It felt so good to go through and tidy up. My room is still a bit too full, so I need to go through and actually decide what to throw out. The spare bedroom looks wonderful. Of course, there's not much in there (however there were some clothes in there until last Thursday) so when it's organized (or my stuff isn't taking up space), it looks great.

Organizing things and getting my house in a bit better order, I feel better. I feel more comfortable at home. Part of that might be because now that summer is ending, I'm home a little more. I have time to do it. Being home makes me want to have an organized, non-cluttered house. I guess when I'm not there, it doesn't matter as much to me. However, being there makes a huge difference.

Now I want to get into the craft room and get some organization done. I need to figure out when to fit it into my schedule.  Part of that is that Halloween is coming. I've bought some stuff to work on making my Halloween costume and I will most definitely need the space. I also love to up-cycle old t-shirts. I make them into smaller t-shirts with a fun flair. I'm also working on re-doing two t-shirts for my cousin and I. I'm turning men's t-shirts into fun dresses for us. I'm actually doing this an easy way, but I'm testing out ideas on old shirts to see what I like, what I don't, what works, and what doesn't. I've been working on them in my living room because my table is slightly (ha!) crowded.  I really just need to re-organize the closet and then clean off my craft table and I'll be good to go!

This leads me into what  this blog is all about; my lack or organization lately. Not only is it just my home, but my workout schedule has been disorganized as well. I haven't really had a set workout schedule like I used to. I had been alternating DVDs with running and walking. I haven't done a DVD or ran in about two weeks.

I guess it started two weeks ago when I came down with an awful cold that was going around.  After nearly two weeks I'm finally done coughing! My breathing was better last week, but I still didn't get many workouts in. I was feeling better and could have, but I had a busy week with various appointments, organizing, and babysitting my cousin's little one. I was able to take a long walks with my dogs on the days that I didn't have something else going on.  I was having trouble falling asleep last week too, so getting up to do morning workouts didn't happen. I think I managed to do two walks last week. Yikes!! Now wonder I felt so tired... I didn't have my workout-induced energy!

I'm glad to be feeling better and have a lighter schedule this week. I'm anxious to get back on track with workouts, especially running. My half marathon training starts next month, so I really need to get some running done. I will definitely need to build my stamina back up before then, so running starts today!

It seemed odd at first but organizing my house seemed to get me back into the groove. I like order. I like when things are planned out. Organizing other things made me realize that I need to organize my workouts too, so I'll be sitting down and writing out a plan this evening. It feels soooo good to be back on track and back into a positive planning place.  I feel like getting my house in order has helped me to achieve a sort of balance... I'm not there in all areas, yet, but I'm working on it. 

Today marks my first run in over two weeks.  I'm starting slow... Doing only about 30 minutes on the treadmill. I'll have dinner and do some organization and plan on walking the dogs later too.  After that I'll be able to sit down and write out my plan for the week and then I'll get back to work on the craft/computer room.

I cannot wait to sit down and create a schedule. I'm also hoping to be able to get to bed earlier (and sleep!) so that I can throw in a morning DVD workout. I like being energized for the morning hours. Getting in extra workout time, and getting back on track with my usual workouts, means that I get to eat a little more too. That's always a bonus. I haven't been drinking my protein shakes because I haven't been working out and didn't have the extra calories to use. I'm pretty excited to be able to start or end my day with a tasty shake!!

I suppose I need to go and get started on my run so that I have time to do all of the things that I want to do this evening!

Have a great week - if you haven't done your weekly plan, take some time to do it today!! 

XOXO

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