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 11, 2009

Operation Organization: Week Six Victories!

It defies all rational explanation.

I don't know what it says about me, but it can't be good.

My Week 6 goal was to clean out my very messy bathroom drawer -- the one with all the hair products and brushes.

Here's some of the inventory I came across as I organized:

1.) Five EMPTY cans of hairspray

2.) Thirteen (!) hairspray can lids (gee, wonder how long it's been since this drawer has seen some cleaning)

3.) A goofy keychain with my husband standing next to a cutout of the President (from a Washington DC trip years ago) What???

4.) Three floppy disks (you never know when those might come in handy on a bad hair day.)

5.) Enough hair to make me a whole wig.

What the heck??

I'm not sure why I feel bold enough to reveal this to you. Actually I do know why. We're all in this together and every one of you has been so great to just keep it real. We're a mess sometimes, right?! But thank goodness we have good friends and a heavenly Father who loves us anyway!

So, wanna see my Before and Afters? Here goes!














The next two weeks I'm tackling my Master Bedroom.
Okay, so here's the drill:
1.) Post your Week 7 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 7 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!
Rosario and Amber, your gift cards were sent today!
I didn't do a giveaway for this week, but I'll be announcing next week's giveaway on Wednesday.
We're entering the home stretch, troops, so hang tough. Victory will be ours!!!
Melinda

11 comments:

  1. Thanks Melinda. Great job with your goals. I am getting distracted with other projects, and reading other blogs. I will turn try to keep off the computer and work harder on my goal, the attic.

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  2. The drawer looks great! Thanks for "keeping it real" and encouraging us all. Good luck with your master bedroom. I still have some work to do in mine, but already feel so much better when I walk in.

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  3. I totally understand about those drawers - I found PURPLE eye shadow in the bottom of one of mine. PURPLE. Seriously. :)

    Thanks for the motivation to get going on getting organized - dresser drawers are done, and hall closet is up next!

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  4. Why can't I ever keep that drawer clean?

    I also have one like it in my kitchen.

    You inspire me.

    In many ways.

    Sweet dreams.

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  5. It'll be a bit before I post my coat closet...but it's done! I am having company in a few...so will post later.

    I have a question for the apparent hairspray expert (holy cow, girl! you must like your spray :) ) Do you get hairspray everywhere? It took me forever to realize whenever I use hair products with my bathroom door open (which makes it be behind me) I am coating the door with stuff that won't come off!!

    Anyone in blogland know how to get that stuff off of your door??

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  6. by the way...your drawer looks awesome. I was hurrying and left that out.

    post at you later!

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  7. It looks great! I am curious to see what I find under my bathroom cabinets this week!

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  8. You're a brave, brave woman, Melinda! But I admire you, your transparency, and the way you're stirring up the troops! Keep up the good work, knowing that I will probably clean out under my bathroom sink this very week. :)

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  9. Stopping by from SITS! Love your blog. I am also working on getting some things organized around my house. I've let things go for too long. I'm tackling one room per day. 3 rooms down, several more to go!! Today is the kitchen, - Lord, help me!!!

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  10. I think I may join in this week if that's OK lol. You're posting these on Fridays?

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  11. hi melinda,
    glad you stopped by to say "hi!" i see you have been busy organizing and cleaning, maybe you can come over here and help me clean out all of our drawers LOL.. i have sooo much going on but know i need to get back to organizing, primarily my workroom area, it is a huge MESS! a picture would scare you! look forward to seeing what you do with your room!
    smiles,
    shelley
    ps i'm sure my daughter has at least 25 cans of hairspray half, quarter filled, with and without lids! LOL
    http://iamstillstandingafterallthistime.blogspot.com
    http://theplaygroundprincess.blogspot.com

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