I Must Confess…I’m No Good at Housework!
Yes, it’s time for another confession – I do hope some of you can identify with me this week and maybe feel brave enough to make a confession of your own?
I wrote yesterday about my plans for my upcoming month at home and how I plan to clean and declutter my house.
I mentioned that things were pretty bad here at the moment but I feel I should fully confess to how slack I have been…so I am going to show you pictures of how bad it actually is!
I figure publicly naming and shaming myself as a poor housewife should give me the rocket up my proverbial that I so desperately need – so here goes…
It’s pretty messy. I don’t have a lot of time to put things away so they tend to just sit there and have a party and breed more things. I can’t wait to get stuck into sorting out this debacle of a bedroom!
And, just for posterity, here’s a close up of the wall of crap that is dominating our room at the moment.
The Girls’ Room
The main issue we have at the moment is lack of storage, which isn’t helped by my lack of time to tidy or the natural resistance of the kids to helping me out! I actually cleaned up this room not that long ago so I hope it will be more a tidy and sorting of toys than a full-on clean out. And we know that’s best done when the kids are not around to complicate things, don’t we?
The Boy’s Room
Well, Gilbert isn’t the best at putting things away as this picture illustrates. Although having little storage doesn’t help things either…
My poor little man really does need at the very least a tallboy of his own – a small beside table, a shelf and a dodgy open fabric drawer just doesn’t cut it. I’m personally hoping for a built-in wardrobe for all the kids in the next house, that would make such a difference to the way their clothes and personal items are stored and displayed (or preferably NOT displayed!)
This, sadly, is what greets you when you first enter our house. Ghastly, isn’t it? I dream of an organised place for our bags and hats and other items – I have literally drooled over a recent post by The Organised Housewife about school bag nooks. Hopefully the after photo in a few weeks time will show a more organised and inviting entry to our home!
Okay, this doesn’t look quite as bad as the rest of the house but it needs a serious cupboard clean out and bench top tidy. I don’t have a lot of room to work with but I intend to maximise the use of what space we have. Can you believe that we added the wall cupboards and a free-standing pantry (not in this shot) when we first moved in? I can’t imagine how the people before us lived with so little cupboard space.
I do have to clean out the shelving unit that is usually hidden when the back door is open – lots of cleaning out required there…
The Bathroom Ceiling
This is pretty humiliating to show you – but this is our bathroom ceiling. It is mouldy, it has peeling paint and it is probably quite unsafe for us all to live with. Unfortunately there is asbestos in this room too so we have to be careful when we do clean it up.
I must admit I am not looking forward to this job which is possibly why it’s still looking as festy as it does. But it has to be done – wish us luck with this one!
Our Front Yard
Inviting, isn’t it? As you can see, we have weeded one half, we just need to weed the other. And then maybe plant something that we can’t kill. Maybe…
Our Back Yard
This is reason we bought a house that was too small for us even before we added Delilah to our family. This is our back yard. You could honestly lose a child down there, it so freaking huge. I wish we could have made more of it but it’s just too much work even maintaining it.
And, to answer the question that you’re burning to ask, yes, we have a lovely mower man named Norm who keeps the lawn down and stops the kids becoming lost in it!
So that’s my full confession for this week. I have set myself the task of addressing these issues over the next 4 weeks so I am hoping to present some literally amazing “after” photos when I’m done. You are now holding me to account, so that at the very least, should get me moving in the right direction!
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