I'll spare you another gushy ode to Money Saving Mom. But I do want to remind you how much I love her. You should either subscribe to her by email or become a fan on Facebook. Because her tips might change your life.
The reason I am feeling warm and sappy about her today is because she introduced me to this blog, which again helped me to expand my world. She has launched a year-long project to carve out a more organized life. I love it. I totally need direction. It took me all of two seconds to add her to my favorites list.
Her assignment for this week was to come up with a reason of why you want to be organized. A real, deep reason, beyond "I want to have a cleaner house" or "I want to spend time with the kids." She gives several good examples, so go check it out. I've thought about it, and I have a few ideas percolating.
First, I want to live life intentionally. I don't feel good about letting life just slip by day by day. My good friend Becky so perceptively blogged about taking life off of auto-pilot, and that is exactly how I would classify 2010. Straight-up auto-pilot. I feel like I need to be organized and have a specific plan to live life intentionally.
Second, I want our home to be a haven of hospitality. I want our home to be a place of peace and refuge not just for us, but for others. We're probably going to have to make a few more friends in order for anyone to even think of our house as a place to go, but one step at a time.
Third, I want our kids to have good memories of growing up. Pumpkin Pie "painted" Christmas cookies for the first time over Christmas. And not because of me; because my sister brought cookies for her to decorate. I had neither the energy nor the inclination to make them myself this year, and I'm sad about that. It fell under the whole auto-pilot thing. It was something I should have done for my daughter, and I chose to be lazy instead. I'm not proud of it, but it has spurred me on to a goal of being organized so I can create those kinds of memories for my girls.
I'm really looking forward to some guidance in organizing my home. I've been a stay-at-home-mom for two and a half years now. You'd think I'd have it down, but I feel like I'm just beginning. Do any of you have any good tips on organization?