Tackle It Tuesday!

by Janice

Can blogging help you with your housework? Well, I think I may have found a way…

Since we started this blog in March, my housework has suffered. I have clutter spots that are threatening to completely take over my house and my spirit. I now divert all playdates out of the house and have not had company over for three months.

You see I am a procrastinator. I hate housework and paper work, as one look at my house lately will prove. I don’t let my house get dirty per se – I hate germs. But I am a “piler” and I let piles grow on counter tops, tables etc…it can get crazy!

But, blogging I love. I always do my blogging homework. So what if my housework became part of my blogging homework?

What if my blog could provide the incentive to tackle those trouble spots and those household projects I keep putting off?

So enter a new idea: Tackle It Tuesday

Want to join me?!?

Each week on Tuesday, I am going to post before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that I tacked this week.

I will link to any of you who are also playing along.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. It could be a drawer you cleaned out, the inside of your fridge, closet or cupboard. It could be your scrapbook area or your garden. And if you are so organized that your house doesn’t need any work, you could even post a before/after picture of a new recipe you are trying out.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday, will be about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

To get this little meme started I am going to tag some of my blogging buddies. You have a full week to find a project in your house – remember it can be a tiny job if that is all you have time for – and then post your success next Tuesday.

But this is a no pressure tag. So, if you don’t want to play, please feel free to decline. And if you haven’t been tagged, but you want to join up, that is great. Let me know and I will link to you and by next week I will have a cute little header for you to put up as well. (But feel free to design your own.)

Today I tag: (and remember no pressure – only if you want to)

Kisses of Sunshine
Diary of a SAHM
BooMama
Just Peachy
Warm Fuzzies
Rocks In My Dryer
EmilyRoseJewel
My Lighter Side

What is my project for today? Well, we just arrived home last night from our cabin, so I have tons of laundry and unpacking. It usually takes me a few days to get out of this post-camping mess. So here is a “before” picture of my laundry pile – and by the end of tonight I will hopefully update this post with my “after” picture. (Next week when I tackle my next project and post about it, I will put up both the before and after pictures together.)

So let’s go girls – lets’ tackle those trouble spots!

My Project To Tackle – Before

Tackle it Tuesday

My Project To Tackle – After

Tackle it Tuesday

Here is some of the finished product. (There is other laundry hanging to dry.) I did more than eight loads today.The machines are working right now on two more and I still have about five to go. (No, it is not all from the trip – I was about seven loads behind before we left.)

I am getting there! And remember, Tackle It Tuesday isn’t about perfection – it is about celebrating what you are able to accomplish. So I will pat myself on the back and then start putting some of it away…



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 eph2810 May 23, 2006 at 5:48 pm

It is a great idea. I have several areas in my home that need to be ‘tackled’ but there are more huge projects. I’ll play next week with you though. Thanks for the invite :smile:.

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2 Peach May 23, 2006 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for inviting me, too. I will try to play next week. Project for work must take priority right now.

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3 Addie May 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm

I saw your note about this on Boomama’s blog. This sounds like a great idea….can I join? can I, huh, huh? :-) I need all the help I can get.

And if I can find a way that blogging actually HELPS me get things done, it will appease the guilt! (the guilt I of course ignore.)

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4 Eva May 23, 2006 at 8:13 pm

I admire your tenacity…that’s a ton of laundry!!!

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5 Sandra May 24, 2006 at 4:55 am

Thanks for tagging me Janice, I’m definitely playing along with this one, it’s a great idea :)

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6 Jennifer May 24, 2006 at 4:56 am

OHHH, this is something “I” need…can we join in!?

Maybe if I am “accountable” I will get all my work done! :)

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7 Maria May 24, 2006 at 5:13 am

I will join you but I have to use word pictures as I don’t have a digital camera…….yet.

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8 Susan May 24, 2006 at 6:45 am

What a great idea! I’m already buzzing with what project needs to be done first. I want to play! See you next Tuesday!

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9 Mom2fur May 24, 2006 at 6:50 am

This is a great idea! I’d like to play, too. My pantry needs straightening up, LOL!

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10 Gibee May 24, 2006 at 9:11 am

Ugh!!! Usually I’m all for a great meme, and this is a great one… but with an infant, a full time job, an at-home business, Church board work, a Church Ministry I’m in charge of, the LBY study, AND a husband … I can’t commit to this! I can’t even commit to having clean underwear for my husband in the mornings when he gets dressed for work. Oh, IIII have clean underware, but sometimes HE doesn’t! And who knows if I paid the electric bill on time or not! Gaaahhh!!!

My life’s gonna have to settle down a bit before I can play along!

But if it makes you feel any better … I’m a piler too! Can’t help it!

Please don’t hate me! Smooches!

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11 Gibee May 24, 2006 at 9:13 am

P.S. — have you noticed that I can’t even do the Works for me Wed, which I would LOVE to do, or the Tues Treasure, or the Friday Food Feast, or, or, or … post my own posts, or read my dear friends blogs in a timely manner? Sob!

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12 Susan May 24, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Gibee,
Don’t worry at all… Janice and I completely understand being busy. And this meme is definitely only for fun and so please do not feel any pressure at all. We’d hate it if anyone felt like they had to play along.

I don’t have time to read all the blogs and write posts either… Janice keeps we busy working behind the scenes and she gets to have all the fun. :)

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13 Amy May 26, 2006 at 8:56 am

I am so with you. We shall tackle our Tuesdays! Or something.

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