Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Digging Deep

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?


  1. I almost skipped cookies too, but then my daughter got a cookie cutter set as an early Christmas gift... her great desire to use it was pretty much the only reason we did cookies. It saddens me too, that I am so selfish that I would put convienience of "no mess" above giving my children happy memories.

    Thanks for joining me in my journey.

  2. What a fabulous post! I totally put Christmas cookies on the back burner this year too. I just didn't want to take the time away from me, I am very sad about that. I look forward to this journey of organizing my life, so I can become a better ME.

  3. So great to find others like me--I could have totally written this post. Anyway, I'm joining the challenge too. Nice to meet you!