The Ultimate Mom Challenge™
January 2016 Results – This month, I am an ORGANIZED mom.
The Challenge: Each month I’ll choose one characteristic I want to build upon to help me be the best mom I can be. I will determine four goals to help me carve that path, and I’ll report back on my successes and (undoubted) failures, too. Track my progress on Facebook. In January, my theme was ORGANIZED.
January Goals & Results:
1.Read a relevant, popular book on the subject and start taking action as I read. January Pick (affiliate link): The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I’m torn on this book. In some ways, I appreciated the message and the simplicity of it all. There are only two steps: discard and organize, and they must be done in that order. The author would then delve into how to ensure success, such as start with the easy stuff (clothes, books) then work your way to the harder stuff (memorabilia, photos).
She makes some good points, and there are a few strategies I implemented right away. I was hauling out trash bags of junk by the second chapter. I will say my house is more organized than it was before I read the book.
But other parts bugged me. First, I listened to the book through Audible instead of reading it. The author was the narrator, and her voice had a condescending tone that I just couldn’t shake. It ate at me the entire recording.
Also, she speaks about the energy in our belongings, suggesting we give thanks to the items we’re giving away for a job well done. Weird, but OK. If that’s what it takes to help people give up their junk, that’s fine. But when she got to the sock drawer, she lost me. She said rolling your pairs of socks together is just about the worst thing you could do. It suffocates them. And how do you expect them to perform for you when they’re sitting in a drawer suffocating? Um, what?
Overall, the book helped me get the job done. My house is a little more clean and tidy, and my mindset is better primed to determine what to keep and what to eliminate. So for that, I will give thanks to the book for a job well done, then I’ll discard.
2. Determine one goal I want to achieve by the end of the month. January goal: Set up nursery. BONUS – De-clutter office
My husband and I managed to set up the nursery as best we could. We ran into a few hiccups, but for the most part the room is ready for the new baby, which gives me a couple of months to relax and not have it weigh me down (at 7 months pregnant, I have enough weighing me down as it is).
As far as the bonus project, we de-cluttered some of the office, but not all. Honestly, I’m so tired from this month of organizing, this project simply fell off the priority list. Maybe in a few months I’ll get my mojo back and can tackle this one with some genuine energy. I don’t have it right now.
3. Try one new activity that may help me accomplish my goal. Make a meal plan for the month, and prepare frozen meals!
Initially, this was more challenging than I expected. First of all, who wants to think about what they’re going to make for dinner three Mondays from now? It seemed like I was just adding stress for stress sake on this activity.
But once the couple hours of legwork was done, the amount of time and stress this activity saved me was tenfold. We still have about eight meals remaining in the freezer, so I feel like we made out like bandits. Talk about getting our money’s worth ($165 for 20 meals… incredible!) If you looking for a good way to save money on your family dinners, and you’ve got 3-5 hours to spare every one to two months to prep, you may want to consider frozen meals!
4. Determine how I will involve the husband and kids so it’s a family experience, or at least, family benefit. Teach my son to pick up after himself. Work with my husband on the nursery prep, and help guide/coach/motivate him on his role in the office de-clutter.
Teaching my son to pick up, unfortunately, goes in the fail category. Part of it is his strong will and struggling with him to do pretty much anything is just. so. exhausting. But to be fair, I didn’t try all that hard. It’s so much easier and quicker to do it myself. A few times I caught myself cleaning up his spills, and I encouraged him to help. But whether or not he helped was completely random depending on his mood, or the time of day, or if there was a full moon out (seriously, why is he sometimes so sweet and helpful, and other times he’s a complete terror?)
My husband was a powerhouse this month. Helping me with the meal planning and the nursery set up. I truly couldn’t have done it without him. I was supposed to motivate him to plow through the office organizing but if I don’t have the motivation, how on earth do I coach him to get some? We’ll have to conquer this one another time.
So that was my month! January, I was an ORGANIZED mom! Well mostly, with a few exceptions. I learned a few things, but mostly I got big items cleared off my to do list. And that feels amazing.
What kind of mom will I be next month? THRIFTY! I had some major life changes in January (cough… lost my job) so I plan to learn about budgeting, spending less, and changing my habits. Don’t miss it! Subscribe to my blog (top right of the website) for updates, or join me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.