let it go (or, TPH: Chapter Four)

(This is part four in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

Gretchen’s fourth task was ‘lightening up’ her parenting approach.  Even though I’m not a parent, I knew I could use some of her advice.  (Everyone who knows me is emphatically shaking their heads in agreement.) Continue reading “let it go (or, TPH: Chapter Four)”

Help! I need my life back…

I’ll just go ahead and say it:  I’m a neat freak/control freak/clutter-phobe.  If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know this is true.

We’re in the process of tiling our master bathroom floor (something we should have done when we moved in THREE YEARS ago), as well as trying to get our house ready to list with a realtor.  Translation:  I’ve started boxing random things up, neglected cleaning ANYTHING (because I’ll just have to clean it all over again when we take the listing photos) and the tiling project has somehow spilled into all the other rooms in the house.

So, for those of you who swear my house is ALWAYS clean, here you go:

Kitchen–I can’t live like this much longer…

Dining Table–a.k.a. “the black hole”

Don’t miss the TWO vacuums in the photo…  Not that I’ve been using them or anything.

Guest bath–we’ve moved in during the tiling project, but not very neatly

Notice the master toilet in the lower left of the photo–makes using the bathroom and getting in and out of the shower interesting…

Office–who am I kidding? It’s never been clean…

For once, I would just like an organized office!  I would swear up and down that it’s all Andrew’s fault, but I’m as much to blame as he is.  We never “use” the office, so we just throw things in there and when we can’t see the floor anymore, we eventually clean it up.  This is AFTER I did that and didn’t know what to do with the rest of this stuff…  Moving on…

Master Bedroom–it’s seen the brunt of the damage from the project

I’m embarrassed to admit it’s been like this for more than a week.  The piles just keep getting bigger…

My half of the bedroom–it’s just as messy!

And finally, the actual bathroom…

Master Bath

Unfortunately, you can barely see the tile for the mess.  But, it was the right color (beige) and the right price (58 cents/sq. ft.)!  Thankfully, Andrew is a fantastic tiler.  He’s already said he’s buying his own tile saw for the next project…here’s to praying there won’t BE a next project.  At least not any time soon.

Pray for me…  I think my deadline to get ALL of this cleaned up is Saturday!