I like to organize, but I don’t like to clean! There, I said it.  Its funny how many people are surprised that I don’t like to clean. I tend to be what some call a neat freak, a clean freak, blah, blah, blah.  Because when something gets spilled, I expect my kids to clean it up right away. I clean up right after cooking and baking, I wash, dry, fold and put away my cloths all on the same day and the kids have to clean up their room each and every night before going to bed, no exceptions. But I don’t like cleaning, that’s why I have them do all of that. If the tinyest piece of food drops on the floor, I have the kids wet a paper towel and wipe it up, why? Because I don’t like cleaning. And that tiny spot then gets dirty, tracked to other spots and the next thing you know, I have to mop the whole floor. We have the kids clean their rooms every night before bed, why? Because I don’t like cleaning, and if it gets out of hand, I have to help them clean. I do all my laundry in one day, why? Because I don’t like cleaning, and I don’t want to have to put piles of cloths away later. Does that make sense? I don’t know if it does to anyone else, but it does to me. I just as soon do a little now, than a lot later, but I don’t like cleaning.

Now organizing, that is a different issue though, I like organizing. I like seeing areas in my house that need a bit of organization. I would love to have tons of baskets, shelves, bookcases and the like to have a completely neat and organized house, but alas I don’t.  So I try to make do with what we do have, without going out and buying those pretty baskets with material in them, though I really want some.  I really don’t like areas to get to unorganized for us, and when it does, it begins to bother me and my hubby. So the other day I realized my laundry room shelves were so disorganized. We don’t have lots of cabinet space in this house, so the top shelf sort of became a catch all for me. Anything I couldn’t find a place for got shoved up there, and it was starting to look bad. I had some kitchen items I didn’t use much, like cookie cutters, that I didn’t have drawer space for (only 3 drawers in our whole kitchen ), some knives and other cookware. I found an old rubbermaid container and a covered bowl that wasn’t used much and neatly put all those items in them and on the shelf. In a sense made some new drawers.  Threw out some things, put some things in the cabinet in the garage and before I knew it, it looked all nice and organized. I can actually use the things up there easily and I know what it up there now. Call me crazy if you want, but that was fun for me. Here are the before and after pics.

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