I am a homeschooling mother of five kids, married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart. I’ve always been a slob by nature, and I’ve been actively combatting that tendency for 8 years now.
Here on my blog, I share what I’m learning along the way, as I change my attitude about caring for my home and family. From thinking that housecleaning was a waste of time to trying to keep the house decently in order, I’ve found the journey to be more a matter of shifting my perspective than adopting a new routine.
Though I’ve always been a slob, I’ve also always been a planner and a list-maker.
My problem wasn’t not knowing what to do.
My problem was not caring.
I have learned to care.
And you can, too.
It is better to care. It does matter. It is good work.
I could make a plan, but I then I would rebel against it. “You can’t tell me what to do!” my inner two-year-old would scoff at my written list, “Who made you the boss?”
Add five kids to the mix, and the problem becomes not only my own lack of desire to follow a good plan, but also the fact that life doesn’t actually happen according to my plan when I do want it.
These are my struggles, and I know I’m not alone. So I write to share what I’ve learned, hoping not only to show a way out of the frustration, but also show that you are not alone.
I provide not just another housekeeping plan to try, but a paradigm shift. I want you to see
- that your work matters.
- that your attitude matters.
- that you can tame your inner fussy two-year-old.
- that there is a way out of chaos and frustration, even though it isn’t easy or once-and-done.
I want to show you how to turn your frustration into momentum, your chaos into growth, and your plans into actions.
In short, we are learning to love what must be done.
“Cease endlessly striving
for what you would like to do
and learn to love
what must be done.”
Let me help you get organized (starting with your brain):
Declutter your head.
- Reduce stress by getting your thoughts onto paper
- Reduce frustration by assigning homes to stuff, tangible & intangible
- Reduce anxiety by knowing what you have on your plate
Mystie has also been featured elsewhere:
11 Organizing Tips You’ll Actually Stick To – at Redfin.com
Faithfully, Perhaps Successfully – at CiRCE blog
Toddler Training Grounds: Managing Expectations While Homeschooling Many – at Your Morning Basket
Assigned Reading vs. Free Reading – at Read-Aloud Revival