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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Friday, September 4, 2009

Operation Organization: Week Five Victories!

I came. I saw. I conquered the kitchen pantry.

What did you say? Yes, it was my Week Four goal, but a victory is a victory. Don't give me lip, soldiers, or I'll write you up for insubordination!

Alright, that's better.

So, do you want to see the spoils of war?

Kitchen pantry BEFORE:

Kitchen pantry AFTER:

So, how did your battles turn out this week, troops? Keep fighting!!

Okay, so here's the drill:

1.) Post your Week 6 Goal on your blog along with a link back to this post OR a link to my button in the right sidebar.

2.) Leave your link to your Week 6 Goal post via Mister Linky below.

3.) Visit as many of your fellow soldiers as possible to cheer them on!

4.) Post your Before and After photos on your blog anytime between now and next Friday!

Finally, the winner of this week's $10 Barnes and Nobles gift card is Amber! Be sure to visit her! Send me your email, Amber, and I'll send you your card. Rosario (last week's winner), I'm sorry I haven't sent yours yet, but I have not forgotten. You'll get it tonight! ;0)

Don't give up on me now, soldiers! The war is nearly won!


  1. I'm so excited to have won! Thank you so much! Your pantry looks great, and I'm sure it's so much easier to find what you need now. This whole project has been so encouraging - thanks for heading it up and being so supportive! My email is amber_wiggins(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  2. Way to go on the pantry. It's so hard to keep that area neat with all of the people in and out and helping themselves and such. Looks great!

    Hope you are feeling better--

  3. Nice job on the pantry! It looks great. :)

  4. I understand, Melinda. I knew you were busy with your goals and you did mention you also had the flu. I hope you are better know. Excellent job with your pantry. I did not do well this week with my goals. The hot weather, and plus I have been busy in other things. I visited a friend who lost her husband about a month ago. And I have been spending a lot of time reading blogs for encouragement. Thank you for encouraging me spiritually too.

  5. I am so impressed with your pantry! I need to do mine - it's so easy to not, though, since I can just close the door and pretend it's neat! Great job! :)

  6. Your pantry looks great!







    Sweet dreams.

  7. I am so jealous of your pantry! It looks great! One of my hall closets was turned into my pantry, but I don't have room for food in it...it is full of appliances. Thanks again for leading this operation. I have gotten a lot more accomplish then I probably would have these last 5 weeks.

  8. Thanks everyone for sticking with it! You guys are great ... and so supportive of one another! ;0) You've been a great encouragement to me, too!

  9. Oh WOW, this is so clever - you have the most gorgeous site here and I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

  10. Your sites fab with lots of inspiration for wannabe organisers, keep up the good work!


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