If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Final Tips for the Troops: Mission Accomplished!

Can you believe we are at the end of Operation Organization?!

My house still won't grace the pages of Martha Stewart magazine -- but it's lightyears ahead of where it was two short months ago!

I'll be posting my last Before and After photos on Friday (can't wait to see what those look like myself, since I haven't started working on this week's goal yet!) Be sure and post yours on your blogs, too.

You guys have been awesome! Thanks so much for joining me in conquering clutter. I'll share more of my thoughts on the end (sniff) of Operation Organization on Friday.

In the meantime, Dina is joining me to deliver her final "Tips for the Troops." Today, she's sharing an original poetic work with us (creative and organized?! Showoff!)

So, one last time, listen up, troops!

Hi, Soldiers! You did it! Job well done! Remember, though, this is an ongoing effort. We must continually keep a watch on clutter and keep things organized or we will be right back where we were at week 1.

So, I've written a little poem to sum up the past 8 weeks. Thanks for letting me be a part of this. I, too, have accomplished quite a bit over the past eight weeks.

The time has now come
for our challenge to end.
But, we're winning the battle
dear soldiers and friends!


We've cleaned out our crap
and, yes, we've decluttered.
We've hauled lots of garbage
down to the gutters!


We've organized kitchens,
cleaned desktops and drawers,
We've purged our old clothing
from 1984.


We've lightened our schedules,
our dinners are planned.
No more fast-food restaurants!
And never say Spam!


We've learned to say "no" more
Don't overcommit!
And in our garages
our cars will now fit.


Our homes will be cleaner
'cause the junk's off the floor.
Now we can throw parties
and entertain more.


To have richer lives
live simpler and better...
These are our goals
from now til forever!!


God Bless! Dina


Report back here on Friday for your final discharge orders!
Melinda

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea. I should have participated. I need to get organized!

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