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It time I came clean. I mean really, really clean or more accurately it’s time I cleaned. Really, really cleaned. Looking around the house at the state of things I can pinpoint the exact day things went off the rails. It was Good Friday morning, April 19, 2019 at 7:25am. The only reason I know this was because we welcomed a brand new member of the Sage Family. We welcomed baby boy Tank into our lives that lovely morning and everything was different and everything was complete.
Having a new baby changes so much and yet it remains so familiar. Tank arrived relatively quickly a few days early and the day after Wander’s 10th birthday. She was quite thrilled to have her own special day but still be able to celebrate with her brother should she choose to.
Even though it had been 4.5 years since I last had a newborn it all came rushing back. I had fully prepared for a new baby, the freezer was stocked with meals (my favourite resource was this and this), our church family brought dinner every night for a whole week. I had done all the laundry and even made sure that everyone had enough socks and underwear. In short everything was prepped as much as it could humanly be ready.
But as life continued forward, as it does, things slipped. Laundry wasn’t folded right out of the dryer, not all the dishes were washed and put away at the end of the day, cleaning days kept slipping by without all the tasks completed. Slowly I began to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. I was determined to get back on track…eventually.
I spent the summer determined to get everything whipped into shape, because we had decided to enter a brand new adventure. A schooling-from-our-home kind of adventure. And for a time I worked like a mad woman to get everything ready and create a space that we would all love to work in. I did create that space but it meant that other areas slipped. I was basically just treading water not moving forward and desperately trying not to sink.
We’ve been in this holding pattern for a while. I have numerous projects that I want to get done but until I can get a head they will forever remain just out of reach. So now I’m going back to basics. I’m returning to the original source that changed everything for us in the first place. That’s right I’m reading to go back and admit I’m a slob and I need to manage my house better.
How to Go Back
Years ago I read a book called “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets.” (here) A giant long name for a quick read. But it caught me as it was written by “A Slob Comes Clean,” aka Dana K. White. Right there I knew if she could do it I could to. It was the first book that had practical ideas that made sense to me, and felt like it was written by someone I could actually sit down with and laugh about the state of somethings.
Now my house is still 1000% better than it was when I first implemented my plans but it isn’t where it used to be so I’m determined to change that. I’m no longer going to be (as much of) a slob and I’m going to whip myself back into shape! It’s going to be an adventure. I’m so excited to finally be putting in the work and making something I can be proud of! (Even if I have to drag everyone along kicking and screaming).
Buckle up, its going to be a ride!