Am I seriously letting you see this???

by Susan

We bloggers do crazy things…

As I’ve admitted to you in Tackle It Tuesday, I let a little bit of monetary motivation (and a serious need for a kick-in-the-pants) convince me to reveal the inner corners of chaos in my home.

I let the camera crew from Pledge into my townhouse to record the mess and give Trish Suhr the evidence she needed to hold a cleaning intervention.

You can click over to see the embarrassing video here.

But in my defense, since we recorded that video, I have done a total re-org of my kids’ toys and I’ll reveal the after photos in our upcoming Tackle It Tuesday.

Okay, go ahead and laugh. I deserve it…

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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 Sara Bonds May 23, 2009 at 6:03 am

What a great video to share with us. I am sure I am not alone when I say, so I am not the only one who leaves clothes in suitcases!? LOL. We are busy and human. No biggy. Beautiful kitchen, by the way.


2 Jessica at PUDGET May 23, 2009 at 7:40 am


Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel so much better knowing that I am not the only one that just can’t keep up with everything. :)

I have to say that I love the clothes in the crib. We hava an extra crib in my daughters room right now that is filled with clean laundry that needs to be put away. I had to laugh.


3 Tina May 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

You’re TOO cute! I feel ya with the clutter – here’s to getting rid of it for good!


4 Erica May 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

Loved the video, Susan! I loved her idea of Tackle it Wed, Thurs, Friday…and so forth…it made me chuckle. Trish is awesome and funny!It was fun seeing inside your home. :)


5 Staci May 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

That Trish is a funny gal! Thanks for sharing your home with us. I am amazed at all the toys and clothes you have for your kids. As I sit here and type I am looking at Easter baskets in the corner of my office thinking ‘why haven’t I put those away!’ I always think that having 18 month old twins is a good excuse to not clean. When the fact is they nap 2 hours a day and go to bed at 7. I guess I am just plain exhausted after the long day.
Good luck on your intervention.


6 Faerylandmom May 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I’m going to say what everyone else is saying: I’m so GLAD I’m not the only one!

I hope you’re able to find something that works for you. I just downloaded Simple Mom’s ebook Spring Cleaning for Normal People, and it helped me so much. Your house was like mine – not everything had its own place. Now, everything does. I just have to put it there now. :-)


7 Amy May 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Does it make you feel better that we’re all in the same boat?! My house looks similar… with fewer toys. ;-) Clothes all over the place. Why, oh why, don’t I put things away?!


8 Alyssa May 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Girl you make me feel better. Up until last week my daughter’s room had a crib full of clothes in it. We took the crib down, I thought, “what’s the point she doesn’t sleep in it”. Now it still has toy clutter. I am glad I’m not the ONLY one!


9 Katja Presnal May 24, 2009 at 12:49 am

You make me feel better too! I salute you for the braveness… I didn’t really invite them to see my kids’ rooms…


10 Organizing Mommy May 24, 2009 at 1:11 am

Well, now I know why I had to hand back the Tackle it Tuesday job! That was a great video. Good job, and I am sure you are enjoying a clean and organized home because of it.


11 Maria May 24, 2009 at 11:41 am

Great video! I definitely know where you’re coming from with the clutter. I’m in the same mess. I recently committed to tackling one small project a day so as not to feel overwhelmed. Problem is once I finish a room, my kids (hubby included) mess it up again. :)…O.K I do too.


12 Mama Needs a Cosmo May 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Wow, Susan!! It would have taken some serious sedatives for me to allow a camera crew into MY house. We have the exact same messes. I also have dungeons where you cannot even see the floor. (PS: Thank you FAERYLANDMOM for suggesting the “Spring Cleaning for Normal People” book. I just bought it and CAN’T WAIT to get into action!)

PS: My husband JUST PUT AWAY his suitcase from a trip he took 3 weeks ago. Yep, sister, we all do it!! :)


13 melanie May 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

YAY, I am not the only one who has the same problem. The toys in my basement look the same. I just cleaned out my florida room. Next onto the basement.


14 Susan May 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Ladies, bless you all for your kind words!!!

It makes me feel sooooo much better that others can relate to my chaos.

And this Tackle it Tuesday you can see me tackle those toys.


15 Maria May 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

Susan, I can relate to the piles of clean clothes that have not been put away and the unpacked suitcases! I am always buying bins and trying to setup organization systems, but they never seem to work! You are not in this alone! You should post “after” pictures or an “after” video!


16 Stephanie May 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

AWESOME video. You are so cool to “invite” us into your home. I’m always intrigued by how other moms make their lives “work.”

It’s hard to find “balance,” isn’t it? I think it’s pretty much impossible to have groomed and well-behaved and loved kids, a rock-solid marriage, a booming blog, a business, AND an immaculate house. Not to mention time for friends, fitness, and extended family. Something’s gotta “give,” right?

You should be very proud of all that you are and all that you do, Susan. You’re an inspiration.


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