Tackle It Tuesday #152 — Susan Gets In Gear

by Susan

SusanOkay Ladies, Susan here… reporting for tackle duty.

I haven’t tackled anything here at Tackle It Tuesday in a loooooong time. And if you looked around my house, you’d agree I need to get in Tackle High Gear.

And actually, I’ve had another kick in the pants to get cleaning too… I’m going to be part of a different kind of bloggy cleaning project… but you’ll hear more about that in a couple weeks.

So I’ve gone around my mess of a house and taken a ton of before shots and I’m getting ready for a whole lotta tackling as I head up the Tackle Team here at 5 Minutes for Mom this spring.

In case you don’t know this about me yet… I HATE cleaning. I HATE organizing. And I basically would choose to do almost anything instead of clean up a mess.

Add to my extreme hatred of cleaning, my sincerely busy work-at-home lifestyle and you have a recipe for a homemaking disaster.

So… here it goes… join me as a share the shocking mess that is my home.

I’m starting with a tackle that I’ve been procrastinating on for months: Improving my laundry system.

It’s a rather simple tackle, but an important one.

I live in a small townhouse and since my two little girls are cosleepers, they haven’t really required rooms of their own. And so what should be their bedrooms have turned into spare rooms housing laundry and stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else in our tiny home.

The Mommy-Guilt over this particular aspect of my poor homemaking is killing me. Seriously, what kind of mother lets her child’s should-be bedroom spill over with dirty laundry???

So, I’m starting by putting a three compartment laundry hamper in the closet so that I am not constantly dumping out and sorting the laundry on the should-be bedroom floor.

The Should-Be Bedroom

Here’s a peek at the should-be bedroom for Julia today. Now, please keep in mind, cleaning up this mess and turning this room into a bedroom for Julia is going to take several tackles… so please be patient.

Should-be Bedroom Before

Tackling the laundry system.

I used to sort out piles on the floor.

Sorting Laundry Before

And here’s my new fancy three compartment laundry hamper where I can now sort out whites, darks and in-betweens.

New Hamper

It fits perfectly into the closet!

Closet after

Done. One small step towards easing my Mommy Guilt.

Join me next week as I tackle more of my Mommy Guilt.

Would you like to post as a guest tackler? Submit your guest tackles to be featured here at 5M4M. You can write Susan at tackleittuesday at gmail dot com. Remember, we are here to promote your site!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

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

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Maddy April 14, 2009 at 1:19 am

How very curious. You have problems with laundry? I think maybe we all have problems with laundry.

I have a white wash, coloured wash and a darks wash every day.

I believe I am single handedly responsible for the water shortage in California. Now that’s real guilt.
Cheers

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2 susieshomemade April 14, 2009 at 5:38 am

I am with you…laundry is the worst! I do laundry everyday to stay on top of it but even then it is overwhelming. Great tackle!!

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3 Faith - That's Just Freaking Lovely April 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

UGH laundry is one of my LEAST favorite things to do. I could easily let my laundry pile look like that!

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4 Raise Them Up April 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

My garage floor (where my machine is) usually looks like that. I can so relate!

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5 Traci April 14, 2009 at 8:38 am

I have a tall clothing sorter/basket thing I got at the Container store….I LOVE IT. The baskets are the size of a tub of laundry…and when it is full…time to do the load!!! I paid waaaaaay too much for it….but it was soooo worth it. It has 4 baskets…..I don’t allow hampers in the bedrooms…because they never get emptied…lol. This is my first TT post…..what fun!!!

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6 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls April 14, 2009 at 10:29 am

I love the idea of putting the hamper in the closet like that – ours are always overflowing (sigh) and such an eyesore… Now I just have to clean out the closets, lol. :)

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7 donetta April 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

looks beautiful!

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8 Erna April 14, 2009 at 10:56 am

I haven’t tackled anything and blogged about it in a while. :0( Maybe I’ll join the bandwagon again now that I’ve got a new public blog (used to blog at Sweet Serenity). Anyway, I like the divided hamper and wonder where you got it. I like the idea of sorting as you go along. Thankfully laundry is a task I enjoy, especially with five of us in the household. :0)

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9 Mo April 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I just LUV that hamper; it would probably be the perfect size for my dinky laundry room! And SOOO much better than sorting on my bedroom floor!! LoL..great tackle!

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10 Veggiemomof2 April 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Great job! Just remember Flylady’s #1 rule…Baby steps! Your house didn’t get this way overnight & won’t get cleaned up overnight either!

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11 Stephanie April 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Susan, can I just say this post made me feel so much better? Sometimes it seems like all the moms in the blogosphere manage to have perfectly groomed and manicured kids, a sparkling house, a successful blog/business, and a wardrobe full of fashionable clothes.

And here I sit in yoga pants with my hair in a ponytail holding a newborn baby, typing one-handed, and wishing for maid service. ;)

It’s good to know I’m not the only one.

P.S. I can’t wait to hear about your “other” blogging cleaning project. You are such a tease. ;)

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12 Andrea April 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Those hampers are so useful! I need one in my laundry room to save all the space the big plastic hampers take up. Good job!

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13 April April 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I love the feeling after getting organized. It really is a freeing thing!
I’m pretty good at keeping up with it, but there is always room for improvement. :)

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14 Shannon April 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Kicking myself out of a mood and getting a lot of stuff done. I love Spring!

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15 Lisa April 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Great job on your tackle!! I totally agree with you on the cleaning thing! But if I could just stay organized and maintain then cleaning wouldn’t be such a pain.

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16 Shannon April 14, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Oh my goodness. I feel better. I have felt awful lately with mommy guilt about this same thing. Where did you get that hamper? Is it as huge as it looks? I want one so please let me know where.

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17 Susan April 15, 2009 at 12:58 am

Thank you Ladies so much for your encouraging comments!!!

As to where I got the hamper… I picked it up a few months ago at our local Canadian Tire store. It is called a “Triple Laundry Sorter” and it also says “Clothing Care” on the box and the brand is “Urbana”. But I did a quick search on Google and I couldn’t find it.

Yes, it is rather huge and I was worried it wouldn’t fit in the closet. Since I didn’t have a measuring tape handy to measure my closet, I just hoped it would fit and built it anyway. I was sooooo relieved when it fit!

And Stephanie, I’m telling you… if you could only see me here in real life sitting here in my yoga pants, with no makeup, hair undone, in the middle of a complete mess, you’d realize that you’re waaaaay ahead of me girl.

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18 * TONYA * April 16, 2009 at 1:02 am

I love my laundry hamper organizer. Now if only I’d remember to do the laundry before each compartment piled up so high that it collapses under the weight and is now held together with ribbons *sigh*

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