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…

My bedroom

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!)

The Hallway

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!

The Kitchen

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!

The Rules…

– I Must Confess is a link up that will be happening every Sunday – a bit of a homage to my Catholic upbringing, in fact!

– The link will be live from 10pm Saturday night for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!

– The linky is meant to be fun so please remember that and respect others – hopefully we can all have a little fun with this as we go along.

– You don’t have to be my friend to play along but it’s always nice to make new friends, isn’t it?

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8 Responses

  1. TrISh says:

    I feel for you on the storage front . Life gets messy without extra storage when kids accumulate so much .
    We are living half in a shed and sleeping in a caravan. We have beds in the shed too. We gave my brother the caravan while he stayed with us.
    It’s quite cluttered and chaos here.
    I look forward to seeing what you do Kirsty.
    TrISh recently posted..Grateful – not end up in the frying pan

    • Kirsty says:

      Trish, I know what you’re going through. I actually lived in a shed with my parents for a number of years while they owner built a house. They and my brother even slept in old buses for a while too! You have to be clever with your storage solutions when you have little space – I’m hoping to make some real and lasting changes, particularly in the kids’ rooms. Hoping you get settled into somewhere more permanent soon as well!

  2. SpecialK says:

    I too am not over fussed with the housework! But over the years I have learnt to stay on top of it otherwise it consumes me, It’s the only way I keep it in check and as you point out kids accumulate a lot of STUFF! I don’t have angels or fairies (maybe I do) but not ones that do my housework. Cheers SpecialK XoXo
    SpecialK recently posted..my special valentine desires…

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m hoping that my “intervention” will set the groundwork for being able to better keep on top of it all. I’ve let it all go for too long, it will be a big relief to get it all sorted – finally!

  3. Stuff will swallow us up if we aren’t careful. It’s also a sign for me, as an example, that I’m stagnating & need to move forward. Since that realization & taking stock of what we no longer/use need, slowly but surely stuff is being:
    – sorted
    – reviewed
    -donated to charity or friends
    – sold on eBay
    – packed into clearly marked boxes which can sit on each other
    Everyone gets like this Kirsty & it’s more about “feelings” than being poorly organized/hating housework.
    In the recent spate of proper clean ups, hub & I have re-energized our house by de-cluttering & me being more disciplined in myself about putting things away.
    We don’t have little people living with us but I’ve been a teacher & a memory maker & now blogger & the temptation to keep a lot was there but I liked the feelings attached to donating stuff better
    If you need any plan, it’s to do say 2 hours, then have a read/walk outside/snack & back to it. Be as ruthless as you can. Kids will NOT notice much of what you give away, except if they’re obsessions more than possessions.
    ……. Yes you can!!
    Denyse Whelan. Education Specialist recently posted..W.W. Sydney. Happy Australia Day!

    • Kirsty says:

      You’re right Denyse – stuff will swallow you up if you let it. I need to take control again (which I am doing) and somehow find a way to keep on top of it once it’s sorted. I need to find a routine of my own for when I’m at home. Hopefully publicly shaming myself will give me the motivation I need to make it happen! Thanks for your support, as always!

  4. Oh Kirsty, I am totally with you on this one.

    Brave woman you are showing off your house like that, but I can tell you mine would look similar if not WORSE if I took pics right now. We moved a few weeks ago and I STILL haven’t found time to unpack everything. But it is starting to irritate me no end so I have to do something about it soon!

    Good luck!
    Ree @ Little Aussie Travellers recently posted..Australia’s Shameful Secret & Why Australia Day is Important

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Ree. I didn’t want to show the photos but I felt I needed to so I could get into action and finally do something about it. Hoping my after shots do end up being far better than the before ones…!

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