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I am a stay-at-home mom of two sons, 12 and 10. I used to be an advertising manager. I love my new career and have thrown myself completely into it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Time To Organize

When I began blogging, I focused on my experiences of being head room mom in both sons' classes for the year. It was very rewarding, but difficult and exhausting, too. Along the way, I didn't always have enough time for my home. So now everything is in disarray.

The boys are starting school tomorrow because they go to a year-round school. I thought I would be able to do some organizing while they were home on summer vacation. We didn't go on any trips because we got a new puppy and didn't want to take him with us because he's not completely potty-trained yet and didn't want to leave him at a kennel. I didn't sign my sons up for any camps or activities because there wasn't anything that really interested them and therefore it just seemed a waste of money. So I erroneously thought we would have time to go through their toys and clothes and get rid of some and maybe even sell some on e-bay.

But things always got in the way of this well-intentioned plan. The boys were always running off to a friend's house or having friends come over and the puppy is a constant distraction. I find that when I'm trying to focus on a project, it's time to take the puppy for a walk to see if he has to go to the bathroom. Also, he's had a lot of accidents. So invariably, I hear "mom, Lucky peed" or "mom, Lucky pooped" and I have to stop whatever I'm doing to go clean it up.

So now I'm giving myself a goal for this year to really try to get as organized as possible - as organized as one can be with two tween boys, a new puppy, a cat and a husband. And when I talk about organizing, I'm talking about many aspects of my life: the house, the toys, the boys' clothes, my clothes, household items, exercising, our finances, etc. Today I'm organizing all the supplies, forms, checks, etc. that the boys need for the first day of school tomorrow. Tomorrow, I have to go through that stack of mail that has piled up on one of our kitchen counters and pull out the bills since it's near the end of the month and they all need to be paid.

This is the start and I will keep chronicling this throughout the year and posting any tips I come up with. Focusing on this on my blog will hopefully keep me on task throughout the year and I'm hoping that by this time next year, my house (and even myself) will look measurably better.


  1. I can relate to your organizing attitude and I also enjoyed reading the wii mom definition. I have three sons, older than yours, but believed in letting them become responsible for themselves. Hope to see you soon.

  2. We'll see if my organizing attitude translates well into actual organization ;). Thanks for your compliment on my "wii mom" definition - I saw that term in some women's magazine a year or so ago.
    I visited your blog and really like it. I agree with quality over quantity (not necessarily in parenting, I know). Also, I'm a Francophile so I love that you used to live in Paris! Anyway, I'm following you now so I'll look forward to more stories.

  3. Thanks. Where and when did you live in Paris?

  4. No, I haven't actually ever lived there, I just like French things, mainly their food, wine and culture. I did get the opportunity to visit several years ago and spent some time in Paris and in Gevry-Chambertain in the Burgundy region. My husband and I had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back someday!