Disorganised Procrastinators sign in here........

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I procrastinate.......about everything (see, I'm doing it now - DH is out with the DD's and I could be in the shower, putting the washing mountain away or filing the paperwork, but I'm not, I'm on here starting this thread).

My house is full of junk, nothing has a place, I have a to do list a mile long and nothing ever gets done until the last minute because I am so disorganised, often meaning that I lose opportunities, money etc.

A lot has happened this year - I went back to work after maternity, my job has changed due to my boss retiring and now has more responsibility, my eldest has started school and in a moment of madness I have managed to volunteer to get the school PTFA set up properly and charity registered and myself elected as secretary.

Things HAVE to change and soon otherwise the precariously balanced house of cards that is my life will collapse with disastrous consequences for mine and my families lives.

So, I know that new years resolutions usually don't last much past 5th January, and getting myself organised is a resolution I have made many a year past and failed to keep, but this time I am determined.

I am hoping that by getting things down here, you lovely lot can help to keep me on track and maybe if others are as bad at being organised and procrastinating as I am we can help each other.

So come on .....if you mumsnet when you should be folding the washing, are depressed at the mountain of paperwork you need to get filed, want a lovely organised home and to feel on top of things or just feel generally disorganised and want to do something about it etc etc..... sign in here and let's get 2013 off to a positive, organised and energetic start........

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sat 29-Dec-12 13:00:55

Signing in. I have the washing piles, the recycling piles, and boxes of flat pack furniture I need to build up but can't until the midden has been obliterated. Trying to get DD to go to her gran's so I can stare at the mess start somewhere. I'm thinking the cardboard boxes need to go 1st.

Me me me!! I am a disaster. Every day I think I will get lots of jobs done and then end up spending hours on mumsnet. maybe mumsnet is the problem

I'm in, my house is a tip but I can't get going. I'm doing my bedroom in fits and starts but it looks no different.

None of us are dressed

qo Sat 29-Dec-12 13:20:32

Going to work now, but marking my place!

Listen up listen up ok I have just done a Good Thing!!

Felt v guilty after I posted on this thread, having realised the extent of my laziness, so I set the oven timer for 35 mins (don't know why 35 but seemed a good idea) and got going on one job. That job was emptying the suitcases and putting away the presents from Christmas.


Now I am having lunch and faffing about on mumsnet and then i will set it for another 35 mins and do my bedroom. Wheeeeeeeeee on a rolllllll

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sat 29-Dec-12 14:40:21

Was gonna start my own thread but as you have one already, I'll sign in here smile

New years resolution is to get organised. Hopefully having a good knock on effect on health and finances wink
But like you, I am also starting by posting on MN hmm

I steam cleaned my fridge yesterday, am determined to be on top of downstairs cleaning and take down the bloody decs before new year, so it can start all nice and sparkley. I have ordered a diary to hopefully keep track of what day it is (SAHM, DH is a shift worker, never know what day it is!), and as well as DS1 starting nursery in January, I also start a BF peer supporter course.
Busy busy smile

PeachTown Sat 29-Dec-12 14:51:39

I'm in. I've only just had a wash and got dressed blush (38 weeks pg in my defence).

I have a huge to-do list but have sorted some stuff for the loft, bin and chazzer (inc a few of this years Christmas presents) already today and I've made a start on washing a few bits for the baby.

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sat 29-Dec-12 14:57:58

I'm still in my PJs. And now DS2 (8m) has fallen asleep on me.

Right, time to attempt to put him down and do something. Fold washing and take upstairs...

Onezerozero Sat 29-Dec-12 15:15:34

Me too! I want to join!

IloveChristmasandsodoesmydog Sat 29-Dec-12 15:16:07

I manage to get day to day housework done, it's the piles of old clothes, baby stuff, books, etc that got usurped when we moved three years ago and are still sitting round the house that depress me.

Oh and the awful looking rooms that we haven't got around to decorating.

There is honestly so much crap piling up in my house that we have kind of got used to it and move around it without really noticing it anymore. I just don't know where to start and the thought of throwing out the baby things fills me with dread.

Where do I sign?

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sat 29-Dec-12 15:35:53

Washing still damp (living room looks like widow twankeys!) so took some tinsel down instead. Have an awful cold and have to keep sitting down to catch my breath!
Have washed and bagged up most of mine and DHs old PJs ready to go to charity as had all new for xmas

Jinsei Sat 29-Dec-12 16:42:50

I'm signing in. My house is a mess and I spend far too much time procrastinating on mumsnet etc. Every year I resolve to be different. I hope that 2013 will be the one when I truly stick to my resolve! any help and support would be much appreciated!!

Today I have done:
Unpacking from Christmas
7 loads of laundry
2 dishwasher loads
Tidying 2 bedrooms, sitting room & kitchen

<polishes halo>

Mind you, the other bedroom is fierce bad as I just stuffed everything in there that I couldn't find a home for/be bothered with.

DoIgetastickerforthat Sat 29-Dec-12 17:11:19

Me! Me! I'm in. My house is permanently a tip and is getting me down. I do try to sort and organise but being married to a hoarder and having 3 kids (fourth due in 10 days, so perhaps not really the time to be making unrealistic resolutions, but hey ho), it feels like I am swimming against the current the whole time.

Still, today I have cleaned the bottom oven, swept and hoovered the bottom stairs and folded a load of washing which I will take upstairs and put away once DH emerges from his pit. Nowhere looks any better but they are jobs that desperately needed doing, so at least it's a start.

MyDingaling Sat 29-Dec-12 18:06:11

This thread was started about this time last year and although there are pages and pages - it really helped me.

Well, today I've managed to hang up some clothes that didn't need ironing (or at least I hope the creases will drop out before I want to wear them wink). We also sorted out DH's wardrobe and have an Ikea bag full of clothes to go to the charity shop and two bin bags full of rubbish - half empty wardrobe is now being used to house my (2 x 10litre boxes) fabric stash.

This means that our bedroom is now tidy-ish for the first time in months. Just need to polish and run the hoover round tomorrow.

Now the 64 Thousand Dollar question is what do I do when the girls are in bed - something productive or sit on the couch with beer and chocolate?

JingleJohnsJulie Sat 29-Dec-12 21:17:40

What did you decide Dilly? Did the beer and chocolate win?

I'm signing in too. Not sure if its Mn, the beer and chocolate or just being a lazy tart that's the problem but something has to change! grin

MaryChristmaZEverybody Sat 29-Dec-12 21:23:07

Can I join this thread.

I am avoiding doing any washing, and indeed doing anything much at all atm.

But I will start tomorrow probably

Beer and chocolate Jingle - but only because the girls have only just gone to bed - very very late night for them. I'm sure that if they'd been in bed at their usual time, I would have been much more productive oh look a whole swarm of flying pigs

We're off to the MILs tomorrow for our annual boxing day lunch which was postponed due to illness so I only have until about 12:30 to get some jobs done.

Sending out productive vibes to all thread joiners - tomorrow is another day.

JingleJohnsJulie Sat 29-Dec-12 22:01:44

Yes, yes it was the DDs grin. I've just hit a new low for a Saturday night and just had a look at the fly lady as in I'm still messing about ont'internet and not actually doing anything

JingleJohnsJulie Sat 29-Dec-12 22:04:17

Don't think you have to shout for it to be a battle, think it refers to you coaxing, cajoling, offering alternatives and him refusing as it gets him more attention or something more favourable to eat or both smile

JingleJohnsJulie Sat 29-Dec-12 22:05:07

Bloody Mn and ipad, posted on the wrong bloody thread and not even pissed!

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sun 30-Dec-12 10:12:32

I've downloaded a new list making app and spent a lot of last night writing down the big jobs. Very impressed with it so far, it was called "priorities" and cost £1.99 if anyone is interested smile

IsawFoofyShmoofingSantaClaus Sun 30-Dec-12 10:36:46

Oh I'm joining this one. We got up at 8.30 and I've been on here since. DH has just jumped up and fed the dog and is now rumbling around in the kitchen. The guilt is awful. So I might move. In a minute.

I could have written your OP by the way. Well most of it.

IsawFoofyShmoofingSantaClaus Sun 30-Dec-12 10:37:22

Beyond - yes. I'm interested!

namechangecity Sun 30-Dec-12 10:53:43

I am here. I so need this! Is this different from fly lady as I never understood that!

JingleJohnsJulie Sun 30-Dec-12 11:03:17

Think its different from the fly lady, I never really got that either!

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sun 30-Dec-12 11:05:16
namechangecity Sun 30-Dec-12 11:07:28

I am so getting it - I got nothing for xmas at all so gonna treat myself to it! Any partic tips you have found on using it? or is it pretty obvious - how sad that I am so excited about a list app BUT I AM grin

JingleJohnsJulie - I never understood it at all!

PeppaPigStinks Sun 30-Dec-12 12:03:43

Can I join? So far today I have managed to Hoover and put a wash on. I've been trying to get myself to the swimming pool for the last hour with no luck! I simply have found other pointless pottering to do!

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sun 30-Dec-12 12:23:27

It's pretty obvious, you have various lists, and each list can have a list of jobs, with a sublist too! (Mine are set up atm as - daily/weekly jobs, big jobs, jobs while Dh is working, stuff for holiday, shopping lists, medication, health) I like that you can rebook tasks for any period of time, have some set daily, some weekly and some every 8 days to fit in with DHs shift pattern

I have washed, dried and put back on cushion covers, after I sat on a choc orange segment. What a waste of good chocolate! hoovered downstairs, folded pram for DH to take upstairs (use light buggy or double normally), taken up six tonne of clean washing that needs sorting and putting away

Left to do today...
- Finish taking last few prezzies up
- Take down tree and last few ornaments
- Sort and put away washing mountain

If I have chance
- Change my bed

namechangecity Sun 30-Dec-12 12:36:31

OMG it sounds marvelous and just what I have wanted for ages - I am soooooo excited now!

toomuch2young Sun 30-Dec-12 12:43:08

Wow im so in. Was just sat around wishing I hadn't wasted the weekend!
List now written. First jobs
Walk the dogs
Put washing away
Hoover downstairs
Put dishes away

I procrastinate so much! I have adhd and find organsiation a complete nightmare!!

JingleJohnsJulie Sun 30-Dec-12 16:09:08

Did have a look at the FlyLady yesterday and have cleaned my kitchen sink which is her first baby step. Been out for the afternoon with DD and have left DS and DH in the house. It now looks like a bomb has gone off and there was no point in cleaning the sink, its grubby again and I've just done a mountain of dishes.

Her babystep 2 for tomorrow is to get up, get ready and put your shoes on. Won't be doing that one! We're both at work tomorrow and have a very finely tuned routine.

Haven't procrastinated too much today but then haven't been in much either.

PenelopePisstop Sun 30-Dec-12 20:20:07

Signing in.

Got back from holiday last night, done lots of washing. I Put up the ironing board and turned the iron on ... then poured a glass of wine, opened a bag of maltesers and came on here. Just can't motivate myself.

I've got big plans to de-clutter, especially my wardrobe, just always find something else to do. Need help! (DP is extremely tidy, OCDish, he thinks I'm a slut, he's right).

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sun 30-Dec-12 20:36:51

Tree down and decs down, need DH to bring boxes upstairs
All prezzies in correct bedrooms
Clothes sorted into per person piles, all underwear and PJs put away
One more bag of clothes for the charity shop
Have bedding out ready to change bed in the morning
Just about to put on a dark load of washing

DMum has offered to take DS1 shopping tomorrow morning so we can have another few hours of blitzing

Just putting more things in my list app while I feed DS2 to sleep. I am in love with it grin

Glad to see so many signing in - it'good to now we are not alone wink

Haven't done anything today as didn't surface until 10:00 due to non-sleeping baby. I was up with her for 45 mins at 2ish and then did the early shift feeding the baby from 4:45 on and off before DH got up with her at 7:45. We then had to go to Mil's for 1pm so no time to do much really.

I'd like to say that 15 months of sleep deprivation was the cause of my procrastination and disorganisation, but in truth I've always been like it, although sleep deprivation has definitely made things worse.

Tomorrow will be productive though. I'm determined. The baby is in nursery and DD1 is old enough to help or entertain herself. So the list is:

Washing - I reckon about four loads
Put away the Dd's clothes
Dust and Hoover upstairs
Sort out the piano (which never gets played and is a dumping ground for junk) - if anyone is in ten midlands and wants a free to good home 1930's upright frenchpolished piano, pm me as I am getting rid of it in the new year.
Sort and file paperwork
Sort out ebay pile that has been littering up the top of the stairs for months.

Some of this might go over to Tuesday when the docs will be coming down as well. I can't believe how many people have already taken theirs down - I feel like a scrounge taking them down before 12th night as it is smile

toomuch2young Sun 30-Dec-12 21:33:36

Fab list app installed.
Got dishes and 3 loads washing done. 2 big walks with the dogs. Hoovered living room and sofas. Bedroom tidied.
Feeling pleased with self! And ticking them off the app is good motivation!

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Sun 30-Dec-12 21:59:55

I've only taken mine down early because with a toddler and a crawler, they have been less than pristine for a few weeks already grin
DH had a proper sulk about it too!

Scrooge not scrounge

For years we never put ours up until the weekend before Christmas and always kept them up till 12th night which usually resulted in being really fed up having to take them down after a crap post-Christmas day at work - especially bad when we used to have a real tree.

The last couple of years we've put them up earlier and taken them down on nyd which is much better. I couldn't take them down earlier though. Watching the hootnanny without the lights just wouldn't be the same.

KeepCalmAndHaveAnotherMincePie Mon 31-Dec-12 08:28:50

This looks like the thread for me, can I join in?

I am fed up of the disorganised way DH and I live and am determined to try and take control this year. I have some big deck uttering projects that need to be done and we need to get a system for housework that doesn't involve running around doing chores at the weekend instead of having quality family time with DS (DH and I both work full-time).

I've got the home routines app, but it doesn't quite work for me (although it is very good) so I'll have a go at the Priorities app - it looks like it has the extra flexibility I need.

DH bought me an organised mum life book for Christmas and I have already sat and planned out my to do list for January and set a reminder on my phone to do this every month.

fuzzpig Mon 31-Dec-12 08:31:12

Signing in too. Will read thread... at some point. grin

JingleJohnsJulie Mon 31-Dec-12 12:36:00

How's everyone getting on today? I'm at work and so far have managed to give DC breakfast, get them dressed and myself, load the dishwasher, not kill anybody and get to work. Think that's good enough for now grin.

KeepCalmAndHaveAnotherMincePie Mon 31-Dec-12 12:58:39

I'm officially still on holiday, so my newly organised self won't emerge until the New Year but I have started writing my 'project' lists on the Priorities app (first project of the year being to revamp our home filing system), make a desert to take to a friend's for dinner tonight and wash bedding, mattress/pillowcase covers.

Hope it's not too late to join you

Doing OK so far.

My four loads of washing is more like 9 or 10 now that it is sorted shock but first couple are done, so I'll just keep ploughing on. Piano is sorted and the beds are stripped and windows open upstairs to air the place out a bit.

I'm about to go and sort the DD's clothes and get them put away.


For those of you with loads of paperwork and home filing systems I like the tips here:

Organize Paper Clutter

I love this site. I discovered her blog before she went professional and there is some great organisational inspiration on there.

If you sign up for the newsletter, you also get Instructions on creating a home reference binder

and the email tips that come on the newsletter are quite good rather than spammy.

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Mon 31-Dec-12 13:52:48

So far, I was up before 6, then when DH got up at 7.30 I went back to bed til nearly 11 blush

But I have managed to...
Strip DS1s bed
Wash and dry DS1s bedding (only have one set!)
Strip my bed
Half remade my bed (need DH to help with duvet)
My bedding is in the machine now
Strip cot
Remade cot

Left to do...
Hoover downstairs
Hoover stairs
Hoover upstairs
Tidy bathroom (DS1 has kindly emptied all the toiletries drawers for me)
Finish making my bed
Make DS1s bed
Dry my bedding
Next load of washing on
After all else is done, put away DSs clothes

DH is in charge of sorting out plate-mountain, but cant start til my mum gets back with the fairy as we've blooming run out!

KeepCalmAndHaveAnotherMincePie Mon 31-Dec-12 14:20:46

Thanks for the links DillyDawdle - very useful for me!

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Mon 31-Dec-12 15:32:54

Time for a quick break smile

Hoover downstairs
Hoover stairs
Hoover upstairs
Tidy bathroom (DS1 has kindly emptied all the toiletries drawers for me)
Finish making my bed
Make DS1s bed
Dry my bedding
Next load of washing on
After all else is done, put away DSs clothes

JingleJohnsJulie Mon 31-Dec-12 19:42:06

Done a bit this evening like put away washing, put another lad on, emptied dishwasher then just had a Chinese and am about to start on the beer. Think that'll be it for tonight smile

PigletJohn Mon 31-Dec-12 21:12:03

I'll sign in tomorrow if I get round to it.

Or maybe the day after.

ImperialSantaKnickers Mon 31-Dec-12 21:17:03

My spiritual home at last!

Still got some champagne to drink before thinking about it properly though...

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Tue 01-Jan-13 10:12:05

Bleugh sad

Todays jobs...
Put duvet cover on bed (didnt get round to that)
Steam clean dirty patches on upstairs carpet (split coffee, paint in DSs room, and my sick from last night blush not hungover, just randomly sick)
Put clothes away
Hang up washing in machine
Maybe put on next load. Might decide I'm too superstitious grin

JingleJohnsJulie Tue 01-Jan-13 11:11:36

grin at piglet. Hope your head isn't too poorly Imperial and Beyond I think you are doing really well!

Me, I've just got up, have put a load of washing on and am trying to work up the motivation to give the DC their breakfast. So far this morning they have been surviving on a tub of haribo and left over selection boxes <searches for slovenly tart emoticon>blushgrin

Jinsei Tue 01-Jan-13 11:18:25

OK, new year and no more excuses. My jobs today are as follows:

Clear coffee table
Tidy sitting room
Recycle Christmas cards and update any address changes
Clean kitchen sink & hob
Wipe kitchen surfaces
Wash bathroom mats
Get dd to tidy her room

JingleJohnsJulie Tue 01-Jan-13 11:22:22

Looks in awe at Jensei's list. I'm still on mnblush

kirrinIsland Tue 01-Jan-13 11:29:24

May I join you please?

I am the queen of procrastination. This is the year I finally organise myself once and for all hopefully

My house is a tip and it's really getting me down - but not enough for me to actually sort it out, obviously!
I have lists coming out of my ears in an attempt to organise my life but it has been slowly dawning on me that this is just another way of putting off actually doing stuff smile

Thanks to dingaling for linking to that old thread - that was a great thread, full of tips and I've been meaning to revisit it for ages (oh, the irony!)

Jinsei Tue 01-Jan-13 11:42:10

Haha, Jingle, so am I but the day is yet young! grin

Have just had shower and washed my hair, dd is making good progress on her room and I'm going to load the washing machine as soon as I am dry!

Then I'm going to recycle the cards and put aside the ones with address changes to update my spreadsheet later. (Yes! I have a spreadsheet, the sole product of last year's attempt to get organised! grin). After that, I'm going to do the coffee table and sitting room before finally moving on to the kitchen. DD has a friend coming at 2pm so I'd like to be done by then if possible so that I can MN in peace so that I can tackle a few more jobs while they play.

Jinsei Tue 01-Jan-13 13:38:11

I've done quite well so far! Here's my list:

Clear coffee table
Tidy sitting room (well, as much as I can do - some of it is DH's junk)
Recycle Christmas cards and update any address changes
Clean kitchen sink & hob
Wipe kitchen surfaces
Wash bathroom mats
Get dd to tidy her room

Feeling quite smug! grin and inspired to tackle another project this afternoon shock

Jinsei Tue 01-Jan-13 14:00:09

And DH has been inspired to do the hoovering! shock

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Tue 01-Jan-13 15:36:28

Hmm. My mum took both DSs for a few hours. And me and DH went back to sleep. Til she brought them back... Oops!
Feeling about a zillion times better now though smile

doglover Tue 01-Jan-13 18:24:04

For those of us without Smart phones - ie no access to apps - is there an internet equivalent? I'd love to be able to adapt and print off a daily/weekly/monthly housework list. TIA

What is on everyone's list today?

I am, as usual procrastinating instead of doing what I am supposed to be doing which is paperwork for DH (bank reconciling is SOOOO boring). I have taken the DD's to my mom's this morning, so that I could specifically do the paperwork. I got back at 11am and have put a load of washing out to dry, a load in the dryer and a new load in the machine.

I then sat down for 10 minutes to have a quick MN and coffee and am still here an hour later blush. I really must be getting on.......

On the brightside, I have over the last couple of days, completely tidied, dusted and hoovered all three bedrooms and am managing to keep them tidy (so far), took down and the deccies (and put them in the loft), ploughed through the majority of the washing pile and sorted the gazillion bags of crap that were littering the hallway.

Right...onwards and upwards - reconciling here I come and if you see me on here before this evening, send me packing grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 02-Jan-13 17:08:20

Dilly you seem to have got a lot done really.

On my list for today was to stay of MN and not kill the DC. Well at least I've managed one --but only just--grin

TheJanuaryProject Thu 03-Jan-13 17:22:58

Yep, you got loads done yesterday Dilly - well done!

I have changed my name to reflect my aim for this month - the project for this month is all about home filing. I have been out today and bought some new plastic boxes with suspension files to start a new home filing system.

Today I've also taken down the Christmas decorations and bought and built a new book case for DS's bedroom. Back to work tomorrow, so that's me until the weekend when my list will include setting up my daily/weekly/monthly lists on the priorities app, finish re-organising DS's room to accommodate Christmas presents and hopefully make an actual start on the home filing.

doglover Priorities app users can manage their tasks online at my-priorities.com, I've not been on the web page yet, but worth a look to see if you could use that?

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:14:51

How's everyone done today? Is the lack of posts a good thing? Has everyone managed to stay off Mn for a bit and get a little done?

Haven't managed much today but at least I seem to be keeping on top of things in the communal areas. Just need to start tackling the bedrooms.....

namechangecity Fri 04-Jan-13 00:18:31

I can't seem to get any of these links posted above to work - can anyone else? Thanks:


For those of you with loads of paperwork and home filing systems I like the tips here:

Organize Paper Clutter

I love this site. I discovered her blog before she went professional and there is some great organisational inspiration on there.

If you sign up for the newsletter, you also get Instructions on creating a home reference binder

and the email tips that come on the newsletter"

Signing in. Will be back later (ha!) when I have the energy to think of what I need to do

namechangecity Fri 04-Jan-13 00:26:11

You and me both! Does anyone else think it is quite ironic that all us procrastinators have not even got time to wrote on the thread properly smile I have met like minded people - it is fantastic.

LibraryMum8 Fri 04-Jan-13 05:55:51

I'm so in! I'm usually pretty good, but first ds had his birthday party in beginning December. That over I switched to Christmas. The week before Christmas Ds gets sick, so you know how That goes: shuffling to the doctor, trying to keep up with the house. Then you also know how it ends up: I end up getting sick a few days before Christmas. Eek!

Dh and ds try to help. They do a little laundry. They do a few dishes. Everything gets put in the wrong place. They tried. But I want everyone back in school NOW! It's at the point now, where I almost give up!

I keep loosing this thread never appears in my active for some reason but I am here still

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 04-Jan-13 10:03:25

Well it's 10am and I'm on Mn with nothing achieved. Think there may be a theme grin

kirrinIsland Fri 04-Jan-13 11:40:51

I got up with DD2 at 9 to find that DP has cleared and cleaned every kitchen surface and sorted out the cupboards - all with toddler DD in tow - thus making me look like a complete slattern*

*disclaimer - i am a complete slattern

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 04-Jan-13 11:41:26

Damn its 11.40.

twinklesparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 12:25:19

May I join in if its not too late?

This thread sums me up completely smile

But today I've actually done something... Suprised myself lol

I've done dishes.

Tumble drying.

Folded clothes/put clothes on hangers and into wardrobe

Tidied bed (but I'm laying on it again and messed it up)
Cleared coffee table, sprayed and wiped it, arranged cup mats and put a scented candle on it.

Picked bits up off from floor. (Hoovers broken)

Tidied my little bedside table and nicely arranged some of my beauty stuff on it.

Tidied cats bed.

Erm.. Think that's it. Shattered now.
DH better notice my effort when he gets in, must admit he does quite a bit of tidying himself and can normally be relied upon to do the dishes smile

I've bathed ds and fed him, but not sure if that counts ;)

We live in a small flat, we need an awful lot done to it.
We chuck so much away but its still never enough.
I'm currently 6 months pregnant, so I'm hoping nesting kicks in soon... I'm desperatly relying upon my nesting instincts to kick in so I can get this place sorted.

Think its time to sit down and watch some big fat gypsy weddings with a cuppa coffee, whilst doing a bit of mumsnet.... May put more tumble drying in like a good homemaker smile hehe

piprabbit Fri 04-Jan-13 12:30:47

Not only am I a disorganised procrastinator, I am also perpetually late to everything...please can I join the thread or have I missed the boat, again

Oooh good. more replies - I thought the thread was going to die and I'd be talking to myself (and Jilted) for the next few weeks grin

Namechangecity - yes, it does seem somewhat ironic. I suspect we are all procrastinating about getting round to writing a post - you know how it goes:

^"Oh, I really must update the procrastination thread......ooooh that's an interesting thread title in AIBU, I'll just read that first......"

Well, yesterday wasn't too bad - folded and sorted a huge pile of clean washing and got a load of book work done. This morning I have had a tidy around the kids play room and been for a job interview (which I almost definitely won't get, but it was still terrifying - I haven't had an interview for 4 years (and then it was in the bag as I was the only candidate and unofficially doing the job anyway). They should let me know this afternoon.

I'm just having 20 minutes down time and quick coffee before I go and pick the DD's up from my friends house and I have agreed to look after her little girl this afternoon so she can get some jobs done.

The tonight, there will be more book work (BORING!!!!!!!!)

twinkle and piprabbit - of course it's not too late to join - all new comers welcome.

twinklesparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 12:47:31

Good luck with the job DillyDallyDawdle I'm sure it wasn't as bad as you think
Right I've stuck another load of washing in and another load in tumble dryer

Also forgot to say in last post, I've taken christmas cards down.. Well some of them... And ripped half the paint off the wall cos of the whitetack in the process sad sad

Does anyone else still have their xmas decs up??

Please tell me I'm not the only one


rechargemybatteries Fri 04-Jan-13 12:51:42

Can I join? Not only is my house too small and filled with clutter I should be revising for an exam.

brew first though.

kirrinIsland Fri 04-Jan-13 12:55:29

I've still got my decs up twinkle - I will take them down today though or I'll be tempting bad luck or something won't I?!

rechargemybatteries Fri 04-Jan-13 12:58:26

I need to take my decs down and remove the large stuffed reindeer from the sofa which DD bought because she could pick it's nose and hoover and wash the floors and clean the bathroom and strip the beds and wash the windows and dust and clean out the fire and sort the paperwork and then revise for my exam.

twinklesparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 13:12:20

Hmm not sure what the bad luck date is, my dh says tommorow and my aunt said wednesday (this week)

We only have a tree and some merry christmas lights above the door, it'll just take a second... I'm just lazy smile

Dh said we can put some fairy lights from the tree up on the door smile makes me feel better about taking tree down, must admit I love it even though its a bit of a state

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 04-Jan-13 13:14:51

dilly hope you get the job, interviews are scary aren't they. My decks are still up unsurprisingly, will do it tomorrow though, I promise wink

Right, better crack on or maybe have a cuppa first

I didn't get the job sad but that's OK, because I knew I wouldn't - there was a heir apparent and as predicted he has got the job - and he is a good bloke who will be ok to work for. I was really just using the interview for experience and knew that I wasn't experienced enough to actually do the job. Plus it would have been a lot more hours and whole lot more stress.

I will however, ensure that I tap into my new bosses knowledge and experience so that next time this sort of opportunity arises, I am ready for it smile

Twelfth night is the sixth of January - so Sunday. Any decorations still up after midnight on Sunday will need to be left up all year to avoid bad luck (if you believe in that sort of thing).

I remember one year my MIL accidentally left a santa hat hanging on the shelf in her hallway and didn't realise until we pointed it out to her on the 8th of January. We told her that it would be bad luck if she took it down now as she had missed twelfth night and she had to leave it up until the following christmas. Which she did. It was certainly a talking point that year for any visitors - it was quite prominent - god knows how she missed it! grin

Simpkins Fri 04-Jan-13 20:37:13

Simpkins signing in. Knew I should have posted on this thread days ago but one thing and another kept distracting me ;)
(my excuse is that I'm tired after being at work and so a lot bit prone to sofa surfing.) Have set a small list of decluttering exercises for this weekend, little corners and drawers that I can tackle easily and see some progress from. I hope. Fingers crossed. Will report back when I resurface from muddle Earth.

namechangecity Fri 04-Jan-13 22:27:19

Hi all - I am here but doing paperwork - I so need to DECLUTTER.

twinklesparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 23:13:13

How much do you need to do namechangecity?

I've got so much to get rid of.. Can't even face to look at it

So for the rest of today, I went to shops and library and walked friends gsd with dh.

I made cupcakes(didn't decorate) and pizza dough for tommorow

I cleaned the plates and trays I used for lunch.

Dh has been cooking for us this evening so there's prob a few pots to be cleaned. Bugger em.. They can stay in sink

Watching comedy mash up on channel 4 and having a cheese and egg muffin (homemade version of mc donalds but without the cheese or bacon, I had a sausage cheese and egg one earlier lol)

LibraryMum8 Sat 05-Jan-13 04:22:18

I was so exhausted today that I slept in, late breakfast, late lunch...late dinner. At 4:00 pm I fell asleep watching TV with ds, but when I woke up at 5:00 pm I made some major coffee and got so much done! I've washed/dried/put away at least 4 loads laundry; made dinner; ran dishwasher/dried/put away; did extra dishes, cleaned kitchen, ironed work pants, did some 'work' for work and lots more. I told dh I want that 'thing' meaning the X-mas tree gone this weekend and now I feel I have a total handle on things. Yippee!

DoIgetastickerforthat Sat 05-Jan-13 22:09:34

Well done Librarymum sounds like an amazingly productive day.

I've made a decent amount of progress this week, bearing in mind I'm 9 month preggers and had the three rug rats at home all week. I've sorted the airing cuboard (3 bags to go to school recycling), sorted out clothes and bagged up ready to gumtree, cleared and hoovered under beds, sorted kids books out, hoovered, dusted (including all the cobwebs) all bedrooms, changed beds, cleaned and sorted all the crap like old toys and toiletries out of bathroom, cleaned upstairs loo, laundry washed dried and put away apart from that that needs ironing, cleaned oven and hob, took a load of stuff to the tip and started sorting the kids toys.

Upstairs is looking pretty good... Downstairs is pretty shocking mind, especially as the back room is full of black bin liners to go to the tip and I've restrained myself from putting things in the loft (will blackmail my dad into helping me do it on Monday), but it feels good to have made a start.

C-section booked for Wednesday, so I've 3 days to make a bit more progress before operations are suspended till Feb, mind you I'm planning on shredding copious amounts of paper whilst convalescing on the sofa.

IcanandIwill Sat 05-Jan-13 22:19:36

I think I NEED to join you! There are boxes and stuff everywhere. I hate, hate, hate it. Without going into detail last year was horrific. Now I need order and calm. I already have a plan with DD to tick one job off my never ending to do list tomorrow.

SuffolkNWhat Sat 05-Jan-13 22:28:59

Hello everyone, I totally belong on this thread. For my credentials see confessionsofclutter.blogspot.co.uk/

My major problem to tackle next is clothes, they are so jumbled together in piles that I have no clue what I actually own and end up wearing the same things in cycles!

namechangecity Sat 05-Jan-13 22:39:28

We can do it together. I know how much happier I will be when I have less stuff x

twinklesparkles Sat 05-Jan-13 22:44:49

Good luck with your c section DoIgetastickerforthat smile

Didn't use the pizza dough I made ... Wasting stuff again sad

Not done anything today, walked friends dog (well dh did, I walked behind ). Popped to town to buy a card.

Had a bath...

Oh, I did fix the sky box

And dh and I took the tree down

The tree is gone sad sad sad sad... I want it to come back.
Gonna put some fairy lights around livingroom/kitchen door smile need to find drawing pins and hope lights are long enough

TheJanuaryProject Sat 05-Jan-13 22:57:40

Sorry you didn't get the job Dilly, but your approach to it sounds very positive.

I didn't do much today, however I did sort out DS's room and find a place for all the Christmas toys, so that was one job ticked off at least. I'm hoping to be a bit more pro-active tomorrow.

Not much achieved today in the Dawdle house. DH decided that he was going to work this morning so had a lazy morning with the Dd's before heading to Ikea. I've done nothing since getting back at 4:30. blush

Tomorrow will busy though as I need to get the last of washing done ready for going back to work and school on Monday sad, yet more book work for dh and some work prep. Fun all round!

twinklesparkles Sun 06-Jan-13 17:08:01

Nothing done today

Made hm pizza .. That's it

Dh has done some dishes, we walked friends dog and went to shops... I've also put a load of washing in.. Have only today remembered to wash ds uniform for school tommorow.. He's been off since the 22nd.. So finally washing uniform today hmm

Simpkins Sun 06-Jan-13 22:46:12

Doigetasticker- that sounds suspiciously like nesting to me! Having that much energy with three children let alone being 9months upduffed is a major achievement- you sure you're going to make it to Wednesday?!

This weekend was disappointIng progress wise- managed to take decs down much to the children's dismay! Took masses to the tip/recycling centre post-Xmas, gave dc's old stroller and rain cover to my mum for my niece when she visits, dropped off some Xmas presents to friends that we didn't manage to see over the hols because of multiple bugs and illnesses, and cooked massive Sunday roast today for four guests. Yum! But no corner tidying or drawer de-cluttering done, grrr. Back to school tomorrow, work started back last Weds so maybe not much progress this week either. Will see how I go.

Twinkles- how do you do hm pizza?

TheJanuaryProject Sun 06-Jan-13 22:49:35

Still sounds like you did a lot Simpkins!

I'm feeling quite pleased about my progress today - managed to sort out a cupboard and clear some of the clutter from the spare room.

TheJanuaryProject Mon 07-Jan-13 08:17:44

Urgh - Monday morning! One of my goals is to be much more organised in the mornings and today we all managed to get up and eat breakfast together (I put cereal, bowls etc out last night). I've also hung some washing, put more on and washed the breakfast dishes. However, DH and I have been going to bed really late over the holidays and now I feel like a zombie. Thankfully it's not a work day for me so I can have a cuppa and sit in my pj's until I feel a bit more human. Must try and have an early night tonight!

What's on everyone's to do list today?

Ok finally ready to do something after working all weekend!
I have to take down decorations and tree, do a few loads of washing, put clean and dry clothes away, clean bathrooms, Hoover sitting room, try and do some decluttering in the kitchen and bedroom.
Easy hmm

jesstheworstmum Mon 07-Jan-13 09:50:36

i need this so bad is it too late to join

namechangecity Mon 07-Jan-13 11:58:06

Late is our speciality on here - welcome aboard smile

Tree and decs down, sitting room hoovered (even behind the couch! shock) and decluttered one press in the kitchen. Going to do another now smile

TheJanuaryProject Mon 07-Jan-13 14:21:55

Sounds like you've made some good progress with today's list ThePigOfHappiness.

Feeling marginally more human now, but could quite easily crawl into bed for a big afternoon nap.

Reasonably productive - tidied, dusted and hoovered our bedroom and DS's, breakfast and lunch dishes washed and dried, hung washing, put more on plus been out with DS.

I didn't get round to setting up my priorities app lists at the weekend, so I'm going to do that just now while I drink tea and eat biscuits and DS watches a DVD.

Late is our speciality on here <snort>

ThePig You've took decs down today AFTER 12th night shock

First day back at work today sad but I finally got to the bottom of my inbox which was definitely progress. I'm just about to start typing up the minutes of the PTA meeting, but I think that will be quite enough for tonight given that I'm knackered as the baby was awake for most of the night last night.

I know dilly, but I was working yesterday so couldn't. Meh!

Didn't do much else apart from some laundry and the most delicious dinner dp has ever tasted apparently grin Oh actually I wiped the windows in my bedroom. I'll clean the bathrooms before bed.
Surely enough for one day?!

Which app is a good one for lists? I need one that will send me a notification to clean x now etc.
I need to get organised so badly now. I'm working days again so have more time to actually do something t home.

namechangecity Mon 07-Jan-13 23:05:49

this one was suggested further up the thread: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/priorities/id417600877?mt=8&affId=1503186

Don't know if there are others out there that are better.

Crikeyblimey Mon 07-Jan-13 23:15:38

I need to join in here. I've just gone back to work ft after 6 years of pt and the house was untidy and disorganised when I only worked 27 hrs a week. How the hell is it going to get better now I'm back to 37?

I am determined to avoid the "spend every weekend cleaning" nightmare. Dh works ft too. I do batch cook and we share the rest of the stuff but I tend to be the one remembering / noticing what needs doing.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

TheJanuaryProject Mon 07-Jan-13 23:26:59

I'm in a similar situation crikeyblimey re: wanting to avoid spending all weekend cleaning and am trying to get in a more organised routine.

I've started with new daily to do lists (before and after work) to try and get into the really basic day to day habits and from that hope to build up weekly/monthly lists. I'm also, as a first step to de-cluttering aiming to re-do our home filing.

I'm using the priorities app linked to, but I have used the 'home routines' app in the past which was good too.

Skyebluesapphire Mon 07-Jan-13 23:49:57

Can I join? My house is a total and utter tip. I don't know where to start to sort it out. My XH left at Easter, one of the things he threw at me was that "the house was a disgrace" his infatuation with OW had nothing to do with him leaving, of course it didn't!

I live here with 4yo DD. at the moment you can barely see the floor for toys and boxes of stuff. I go round in circles, never having everything tidy at the same time!

Anyway, the nature of my work means that I'm up to my eyes in it at the moment and can't even contemplate starting any clear out until February.

I need to declutter, toys, books, clothes. I need to dust and Hoover regularly. I need to tidy my office and file all my paperwork. I need to rearrange my furniture. I need to put the washing away when I take it out of the dryer.

Where do I start?!

LibraryMum8 Mon 07-Jan-13 23:56:42

Dh took down the X-mas tree and all decs this weekend I was so happy to have more room! Not even sad to see the tree go, I said, "Bye" to it on the way out!

Need to start cleaning the main bathroom. I had a cleaner come in October (!) and had kept it up just about every day washing this or tidying that. When the holidays (and sickness) came...well that went out the window. It's not horrible. It's just not good either. I must do it in stages. What to do first: Make dinner or start sorting out bathroom? Humph!

Simpkins Tue 08-Jan-13 12:47:02

Well done everyone with the banishment of trees and decs! It feels so nice to have potential sparse white-walled tidiness glimmering underneath it all...

I do have an announcement though...drumroll please...

I have reached the bottom of the washing pile

<small curtsey>

SuffolkNWhat Tue 08-Jan-13 18:22:27
Jinsei Tue 08-Jan-13 18:56:13

Well done simpkins, that's quite an achievement! Enjoy the feeling while it lasts! smile

I am doing quite well I think. First day back at school today but everything was ready and I managed to do a packed lunch for myself as well as for dd! The house is still a terrible mess, but much less of a mess than it was iyswim! blush and I'd no longer be ashamed to let anyone in downstairs. Upstairs is a different story!

I'm doing quite well at work too - managed to draft a presentation today, which I might normally have put off for a bit longer!

Wonder how long I can keep it up!

DoIgetastickerforthat Tue 08-Jan-13 20:05:23

Oooh Simpkins I think that officially makes you Star of The Week and it's only Tuesday.

Skybluesapphire - How about adopting the 15min declutter regime? Just do 15 mins a day on one job, it takes a while to see any progress but you will make a difference.

Tomorrow is d-day for me and I'm fairly pleased with myself. I got all of the important jobs on my list done and quite a lot of the minor stuff. Upstairs is clean and tidier than it has been in a couple of years and downstairs, the mess has receded somewhat. Still a ton to do but it seems possible now.

DoIgetastickerforthat Tue 08-Jan-13 20:06:55

Oh, I've also downloaded the Priorities app, took me three hours as I had to update my phone to IO6 but it was worth it - it's very satisfying to see the jobs being ticked off.

TheJanuaryProject Tue 08-Jan-13 22:07:36

It is very satisfying getting jobs ticked off DoIgetastickerforthat - good luck for the C-section tomorrow!

I'm feeling quite pleased with my progress this week. One of our biggest problems is that we don't keep on top of things through the week (both DH and I work pretty much full-time) so by the weekend the place is a tip and we can't get to any of the big jobs. I feel like we spend all weekend on chores (instead of having 'quality family time') and never make any progress.

So as mentioned up thread I'm concentrating on daily lists to get into good habits to keep the surface stuff under control, meaning that come the weekend we can do a little bit of the bigger jobs that need to be tackled and still have some time together as a family instead of DS watching far too much tv.

Our new daily regime involves:

In the morning, getting up when the alarm goes off, having breakfast together, putting the breakfast dishes away and putting a load of washing on (all simple things that we were not managing before Christmas!).

In the evening, we are now drying and putting away dishes instead of just washing them, hanging washing, putting another load of washing on, ironing & putting away any dry washing (instead of leaving the washing and ironing to build up to the weekend - one of our biggest sources of week-day clutter), sweeping the kitchen floor, making sure the kitchen table is clear, making sure the living room is vaguely tidy before we sit down at night (i.e. dealing with post, toys and general crap that seems to come from nowhere to build up on the coffee table), putting clothes out for the morning and making sure bags/laptops etc ready for work.

It's working well so far. I've not tackled any more real clutter sources since the weekend, but if we can keep on top of the day to day stuff it will be much easier at the weekend. I'm starting to build up a list of weekly jobs on my priorities app to supplement the daily stuff and making a list of any one-off clutter jobs that need to be done so they don't get forgotten about.

TheJanuaryProject Tue 08-Jan-13 22:13:20

Meant to say to Skyebluesapphire - do you have good storage for your DD's toys? I have a 4 year old DS and his bedroom is the one room in the house now that isn't cluttered (it's a recent thing though!). We decorated before Christmas and now have lots of ikea trofast, bookcases and those plastic truggs (is that what they're called?) that you can buy from garden centres, homebase etc for toys and books. The truggs and trofast boxes are brilliant - one tub for train stuff, one for lego etc. So before bedtime DS is tasked with chucking all his toys in the right tub. It's made a massive difference. We also took nearly all of his toys out of the living room, so if he's playing in there we just bring down whichever tub he wants then chuck the stuff back in it when he's finished.

namechangecity Wed 09-Jan-13 15:30:11

anyone that had that app how easy is it to move lists around if you change your mind what list an item should be on? and can it link in with a diary so that you can set alarms? Thanks.

TheJanuaryProject Wed 09-Jan-13 17:46:55

I found it quite easy to move some items around and create different pages for different kinds of lists. Can't remember if I did it via the app or online though as I was playing around with both. I've got reminders set up in my app, but I think you can link it to your calendar though.

namechangecity Wed 09-Jan-13 20:57:34

sounds like it will do the job then! thanks v much

Skyebluesapphire Wed 09-Jan-13 21:03:50

Thanks for the advice - I have been having a little tidy up, trying to keep the dining table clear instead of piling stuff on it, and putting washing away as soon as I take it out of the dryer....

DD has a storage thing in her bedroom from Argos, that holds 6 plastic boxes. i also bought another 6 as they fit under her bed. I also have one large pine box in the living room. I think that I need to sort out all these tubs like you say and have a tub for each type of toy, then put her board games in the box in the living room. I need to get all of the toys out of the living room and like you say, bring a tub in at a time as she wants to play with it.

Its all just so overwhelming when every surface is covered and you dont know where to start

Simpkins Wed 09-Jan-13 22:45:16

Thanks for my cheers Suffolk and the star Doigetasticker smile

I have an App called HomeRoutines- was recommended on another thread here and I have found it brilliant for keeping tabs on "actions" - eg post such and such, call so and so about thingummy, write cheque for whatsit, find bday present for whaddayacallim. APparently it works really well with flylady if you do that- i dont but just ticking off thev list and giving myself stars feels nice smile

namechangecity Tue 15-Jan-13 12:36:35

simpkins is it this one (us style)?:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/homeroutines/id353117370?mt=8 and hs anyone found similar for android?

Simpkins Tue 15-Jan-13 23:49:35

thats the one namechangecity. I lurve it. (sad cow emoticon)

TheJanuaryProject Wed 16-Jan-13 15:14:24

The home routines app is good, though it didn't quite work for me. I am loving the priorities app though - it's keeping me on track for the day to day stuff, so now I just need to build in the weekly jobs.

I haven't made any real progress on my de/cluttering project, but I have got a list of things to do and devised a system to sort out our home filing, which is a start...

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