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When I had an actual 9 to 5 job I used to pride myself on being organized and meeting deadlines.  I did what it took to get the job done.  I think my employers valued that and therefore I became a valuable member of our team.  That was my motivation, along with the fear of being fired!

Fast forward to now.  My current full-time job is being wife, mother and homemaker.  It’s a huge job, but one that I could not imagine not filling.  The problem is, I don’t have that fear of being fired there to motivate me anymore.  I have become seriously lax in my job duties, mainly the homemaker ones.  I spend more time on the computer than off.  It’s funny though.  I spend the time on the computer reading blogs about others who are actually doing the wife, mother, homemaker duties that I want to do.  Because I do want to do them.  I just don’t have any motivation to get off my rear and do it.

Really.  I mean, who is going to fire me?  I guess my husband could, although he is even more tolerant of dirty bathrooms than I am.  I think at times my kids would like to fire me, especially when I make them clean up their Hot Wheels off the floor…again!  (There’s a whole other post right there.  How can I expect them to learn these basic duties if I don’t do them myself?  *write that down as an idea for later*) 

As I have contemplated this lately I have come to a conclusion.  I think that because there is so much “stuff” around here that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Don’t get me wrong, we are not about to be the next featured family on the A&E show “Hoarding”, but we have our fair share of junk.  The stuff makes it feel like the house never really gets clean.  Not to mention that vacuuming the floor can become a big chore because of those darn Hot Wheels. 

I have decided that I owe it to myself to spend some time going through each room and getting stuff out.  It’s my first foray into minimalism.  I’m not expecting my first pass to be the last, but hopefully will give me the motivation to keep at it.  I am really curious to see if it does make a difference to my housekeeping motivation. 

This weekend I will start.  I want to document it somehow, but haven’t figured it out.  Maybe pictures, maybe lists, or maybe I will weigh everything as I kick it out the door.  Who knows.  I just know that I want to be able to look back and see how far I have come.  I heard that also works wonders for motivation.  😉


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