Strangely, despite the addition of a fourth child, last year I felt closer to achieving the elusive balance between work and life than I have since starting a family. I intentionally pulled back on the pace of work so I could enjoy Adelaide's arrival in a more relaxed context. It gave me a taste of what life could be like when I'm not always scrambling just to keep up.
I'm going to keep working on that this year. My goal is to become a domestic goddess.
I've found myself adding blogs to my blog reader on the subject - blogs like Zen Habits and Unclutterer. A couple of great pieces of advice that I've read of late are:
- keep your horizontal surfaces clear of clutter to keep a space under control
- never leave a room without taking something with you (in your own home, that is).
That first point certainly applies to my sewing studio. I always feel so much better when I take the time to clear my patternmaking table and comptoir.
And the second point is probably pretty obvious to everyone, but when I consciously took that on board and made a point of always looking for things that need to be returned to their rightful place, the house looked a lot better for it.
Today I got the boys involved in that process. We played a little game called "The Treasure Hunt". I set the oven timer for 10 minutes. Their challenge was to find items in the living room and kitchen that belonged to them and needed to be put in their proper place. They had to present the item to me and tell me where it needed to go, and then put it there. Each time they did this they scored a point. Ten minutes and 54 points later, the living room looked great and I was ecstatic. It was so easy. Got to love that.
Oh, and my favourite blog/site on the subject of organising is Flylady (recommended by Zen Habits.) It's kooky and daggy but it offers some great systems. Has anyone else discovered it? I'm off to shine my sink.
Pretty pictures from here.