Week 4, Day 2 – In It for the Long Haul

by StephBuckwalter on June 28, 2011

Can you believe this is already week 4? I noted in yesterday’s comments that I have been slipping by 30 minutes each week so I have to really dig in these next few weeks. It is kind of hard to stay motivated over the long haul. What has motivated you to try or to keep going?

[Kamikaze Cleaning Challenge - Week 4, Day 2]

  • Elizabeth Bowen

    My motivation to keep working (although, trying to remember to actually leave a comment here to post about it is another thing, LOL) has been thinking of all the homes I have been in that are neater (or were when I was there) than mine usually is. I recently read something about trying to find your home decorating style by cutting out pictures from magazines that you like. and then analyze what you see as common themes running through all the pictures. Like, are the pictures cozy, with warm colors or refreshing-looking with cooler colors? So I was thinking of doing that, but also I thought it would be a good motivator- cut out pictures of living areas you like so that you can motivate yourself to clean up so your spaces can look like those.

  • Judi

    Another 2 hours in the basement. Mercy, it’s a lot of work! I filled up half a kitchen trash bag with trash. I picked up some more of the seed beads that my two year old dumped out several months ago. I shelved a whole box of books that were sitting on the floor. I also sorted out some of the picture books and tossed the ones that were too ripped to enjoy. Then I repaired the ones that were ripped but salvageable. I wiped out the tub the books belong in before I put them back in. I have two more tubs full of picture books that need the same treatment but I need to finish my menu planning and grocery shopping.

  • http://twitter.com/hollybmartin Holly Martin

    Elizabeth–I’ve been doing something similar. I keep flipping through a stack of home decorating magazines for inspiration. In some ways it’s putting the cart before the horse (if you could see the mess in my house, decorating would not be the first thing that comes to mind). But looking at the beauty motivates me to make it pretty.

  • http://twitter.com/hollybmartin Holly Martin

    Elizabeth–I’ve been doing something similar. I keep flipping through a stack of home decorating magazines for inspiration. In some ways it’s putting the cart before the horse (if you could see the mess in my house, decorating would not be the first thing that comes to mind). But looking at the beauty motivates me to make it pretty.

  • Amy

    I spent about an hour in my sunroom again. It has been a catch-all store room for too long. DH has been subtly and not so subtly asking, demanding etc that it become useable as family space. By the end of summer I hope to have it finished. Probably not soon enough for him, but in time for our ‘school year’ to start. With 4 homeschooling Pre K to 9th grade, they need the space to spread out.

  • Anonymous

    That sounds like a great idea. I have several decorating books from when I had more time and fewer kids. I never thought about looking for my style, just for ideas. That makes so much sense to me: the style is the big picture, so it would make the details of decorating much easier.

  • Anonymous

    Homeschooling in a sunroom sounds great! We have a basement that would be ideal except it is below ground with only 2 tiny windows high on the wall in each room. So we do everything upstairs in the dining room because of the light.

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