Spring fever

I’ve been struggling with the adjustment now that I’m a “working mom.” Aren’t we all “working moms,” though? Whether you chase your kids around all day or clock in at an office, being a mom is hard work.

My classes started at the beginning of March, so now I’m balancing my responsibilities at home with responsibilities to my students. I’m still so thankful to have the opportunity to earn income and still “stay at home” with my son for most of the day, but that means I do a lot of my work at home. Trying to work with an active toddler running around presents its own challenges. The only time I can “work” is when he’s sleeping — during his short afternoon nap, and then after bedtime.

Unfortunately, the time change pushed his bedtime back to 8:30 p.m. (Grumble, grumble.) Squeezing all of my extra class work into my busy days has taken some adjustment — which is why this blog has been a little quiet lately.

It doesn’t help that just as I’ve become busier, we’re entering the season when I feel the urge to be most productive. This time of year is when I come out of my winter haze and start noticing all the places around the house that need to be scrubbed, organized, and decluttered. Add to that the three rooms we still need to paint and all of the decorating things I want to do (we’ve been in the house almost a year, and there’s still nothing on the walls), and I’ve got a pretty unreasonable to-do list on my hands.

Right now, I’m working on taking my own advice. I’m breaking my to-do list into pieces and prioritizing. If I can take it one thing at a time, I might finish everything I want to do by the end of … the decade? The century? I’d love to finish by the end of summer, but that’s probably a pipe dream.

Since my list includes tasks in pretty much every room of the house, I’m breaking it down by room. Our plan is to work on one room at a time cleaning, organizing, decluttering, and decorating. I won’t bore you with the point-by-point breakdown of what we need to do — it’s ridiculous. I will say, however, that when I think about it one room at a time, I feel significantly less overwhelmed. I think if I can focus on just the to-do list for a room at a time, it’ll be easier for me to keep track and stay motivated. I plan to share with you what we accomplish as we work on each room.

I’m still deciding where I want to get started, but at this point, I’m leaning toward starting in Judah’s room. Before he was born, my nesting instinct was in overdrive, and everything was neat and tidy and in its place. Now? It is overrun with toys and clothing, and the bottom drawer of his dresser is so broken it’s no longer functional. I feel a knot in my stomach every time I fold his laundry, because I know I’m going to have to wrestle with that stupid drawer. The closer he gets to climbing out of his crib, the more nervous I feel about having a heavy, full-sized dresser in his room, so I’m looking for an alternative method to store his clothes.

What’s on your to-do list this spring? I’d love to hear how you’re tackling your spring cleaning and organization lists!


3 thoughts on “Spring fever

  1. Kacie

    You can always anchor the dresser! We did that with ours in my bedroom. I don’t have dressers for the kids, though. I have those hanging organizer things in their closet and store clothes that way

  2. Caitlin

    I think tackling your lists room by room is a great idea. I was also starting to get overwhelmed when I thought of everything I wanted to do with my house (not to discourage you, but we’ve lived in our house two years and we don’t have children to chase around yet, and I still haven’t gotten much done ;), so I made a list for each room in Google Docs. Each room has its own document, and I broke the list into “to do” and “to buy.” I haven’t done it yet but I plan to add room dimensions to each document. If we are out at a yard sale or thrift shop and see some furniture, we can check the list and the dimensions with my husband’s smartphone.

  3. Sarah

    I have the opposite problem you do, there is way too much stuff in my house. It seems that every time I tackle one project another area of the house falls into complete disarray. It’s completly overwhelming. Right now I’m just trying to focus on small areas with time limits. Our master bedroom currently looks like it could be featured on an episode of Hoarders. The plan is to tackle it piece by piece giving myself 10-15 minute time limits. I’m always surprised how much of what seems like an overwhelming mess can be cleaned in 15 minutes.

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