I was a lazy housewife. The haven my husband and I were building together was in a perpetual state of messiness, 24/7.
A rather apt depiction of me sans red hair and cigarette.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved having company over and would scrub my tail off for a few hours before any get-together. I would also close our bedroom door where piles of random clutter was stashed moments before our first guest arrived. If someone asked to use the master bathroom during said shin-dig? (A) If I had been drinking, the response was, “SURE! Don’t judge me!” (B) If I hadn’t been drinking… Um… Thinking back, Scenario B has never occurred.
I may or may not look like this from time-to-time.
I poured over Pinterest “How-To Keep a Clean House” pins like a madwoman. I bought a year’s supply of cleaning supplies from Amazon, including a cute little bucket to keep under the sink and drag around with me from room to room. I envisioned having a home where someone could visit at 2:17pm on a random Tuesday and I WOULD NOT BE EMBARRASSED.
I was stockpiled. I was prepared.
Trouble was, I would start cleaning the house (typically in the kitchen) and get side-tracked by detail-oriented jobs (organizing the junk drawer) instead of focusing on the bigger picture (the dishes or a dirty floor). An hour later, I’d have a clean junk drawer and a dirtier kitchen than when I began. I would get pissed off, start some coffee then go jump on Facebook (or Pinterest) for an hour.
Since I didn’t have a cleaning schedule, every room in the home was in a constant state of dishevelment and I was overwhelmed. Like a deer in headlights, it froze me and stopped me from taking action.
Another issue that hindered me from keeping a clean home was the amount of stuff my husband and I had accumulated throughout the years together. I started my own jewelry business, Shipwrecked Charms, in 2011 and my front room is dedicated to it. I have more gemstones, metal, tools, findings, shipping supplies, and office equipment than you can shake a stick at. My husband is a hobby hoarder and our home/garage was literally filled with beekeeping equipment, brewing supplies, leatherworking tools and a giant forge for metal working.
The monumental task of getting it all organized freaking paralyzed me.
I am creating this blog as a tool for you to use in order to transform your home into a Halcyon Haven. Not familiar with the term Halcyon? It means tranquil, peaceful, and carefree. I don’t know about you but the idea of having a home like that is the physical embodiment of all the Pinterest items I’ve ever pinned.
And… it wasn’t a Pinterest Fail!
I am currently in the process of organizing my entire home and will be posting about my successes and failures in this endeavor. I will share with you the documents I created that help me daily to channel my energies into something positive and productive.
Feel free to send me messages with questions or comments! I would love to spend time helping you discover a plan that will work best for you. I work from home and take care of a toddler. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant as well. To say I have my plate full is an understatement but I am here to encourage you! You can do whatever you put your mind to, as long as you have a plan of action.