Last week was a meet your maker week for me.Â I had hit a wall and needed to regroup. I love my family, my husband, my Littles.Â But I was struggling to make it all work for us and for me.Â My sweet husband and suggested I take some time off, maybe get a massage.Â The problem with this is that I would still come back to the problem.Â My closets would still be a mess, my extra baby weight would still be there, and I would still be getting zippo sleep, not because of our newborn, but because of our 2 year old that no longer wants to go to bed, let alone sleep.Â So as kind as the offer was, what I needed to do was step back and get my home base functional again.
I said this last week and truly meant it, everyone has their own way of dealing with things, but for me,Â I need to get myself fixed and in gear and then I can give 100% to my family. I want the cobwebs out of my closets, I want the 3 years of baby weight gone, and I want my wonderful Littles to sleep again.
To give you an idea of why my brain was exploding,
I forgot to take a photo of my closet before we attacked it, but these are the 9 bags of clothes that went to the Goodwill.Â 3 years of maternity clothes, and waayyyyy too many clothes from pre-pregnancies that would NEVER be worn again even if I DO get that small again.
Moving onto my office
(AKA – the utility room/laundry room/”what else can we squeeze into this 8′ x 9′ space” room).
What do you think?Â Extra pantry space on top of the dryer??
Or how about a magnetic board on the side??
(I actually like this part, but it is still crazy).
This doesn’t look so bad, until you find out that the phone is BEHIND the printer.Â And that the boxes no longer have a rhyme and reason.Â I had started moving things to a new wrapping space my husband had set up for me in the garage, but became overwhelmed with life in general and stopped mid move….now that’s helpful.
My actual desk.Â Chaos.
Even more chaos.
Check out this goodness.
My hall “catch it all” closet.
Toys, pool towels, candles, rainy day toys, birthday gifts, table cloths, napkins, games, kitchen sinks
(OK, maybe not the last one, but I was truly surprised not to see one in there).
Now this last one.
I still can’t believe I’m going to show this to everyone reading.
This is me pre-babies.Â I refuse to show you a swim suit photo as that would be entirely too embarrassing.Â Well that and the fact I would never allow one to be taken in the first place.Â So this is as close as I can get to showing you where I’ve come from.Â Being pregnant so soon after each pregnancy means I was never able to get rid off ALL the baby weight from each baby.
Piper was different.Â All of her weight was gone in the first 4 weeks.
But I now have 40 lbs, I didn’t have before, leftover from 2 earlier pregnancies.
Fun huh!?!Â I still look COMPLETELY pregnant.
I do a pretty good job of hiding it (obviously not in this photo),
but I would much rather just have the old me back.
So we’re going to tackle some things over the next few weeks and I would love for you to join me. I set out to write this blog to pass on tips and tricks, sharing my favorite ways to make your life brighter.Â And I plan on doing just that, through the yuck as well as the fun.Â The next few weeks we will tackle closets, laundry, office spaces, cleaning tips, beauty tips and DIET.Â It doesn’t matter if your post prego, have an 18 year old, or no kids at all.Â ANY of what I hope to share could be helpful for your life too.
I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.
Please jump in, comment, and share any tips you have as well!!
Here’s to getting back to basics, and putting Mama (Humpty Dumpty) back together again!!