April 13, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to refrain from speaking negatively about others.  I feel like I did really well this week.  Instead of making a negative comment, I would try and replace it with a positive remark.  I have been trying the last few weeks to believe in others, like I mentioned.  As I've changed my thoughts it became a lot easier to avoid negative words.  I felt much less annoyed by people and more hopeful. 

This week's challenge is to pick a cluttered area of your home and organize it.  I'm pretty darn sure you've all got one.  If not, please send me an e-mail of all your tips and secrets because you clearly know something I don't.  While I try to keep everything in order, there is always a spot that slowly goes downhill.  I already have a cabinet in our kitchen I'm planning on conquering.  When our home is in order I feel so much more in control of my life.  When it's not, I feel stressed and it hovers above me.  I can't think creatively or receive inspiration.  So, it's spring time.  Let's do it!  It also makes my husband happy when everything is clean, too.  It makes out home a more desirable place to be. 

This picture makes me want to organize.  Ah!  Love it.


Alright!  How did last week's challenge go for you?  Did you try to eliminate the negative comments?  I can't wait to hear about it.

29 comments:

  1. Ooh ooh ooh - I love that picture of all the ordered books!!

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  2. I need to organize my clothes- out with the skinny and in with the maternity. You've challenged me! Last week was awesome- a sermon a church told us to "Bless instead of curse" in our lives, so I've not only been trying to eliminate negative comments but turn them into positive ones instead. It totally annoys people but it felt good.

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  3. I spent the entire weekend cleaning an organizing. It feels so great to have everything in its place. Here's my organizing tip:

    Look around your house to see what you already own that can be used as containers and storage units. A lot of times I run across shelves, tin, tubs, and other containers that aren't being used, and can be used somewhere else!

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  4. I'm new here {hi!} but this seems like the perfect Wake Up Wednesday to start with--I'm ever so messy and I hate it. I leave mess everywhere I go.
    As for not speaking negatively--although I wasn't doing it for this, I think I did well. After getting quite a few horrible insults I've been more careful with the way I phrase things, as it's often off-the-cuff remarks that hurt the most.

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  5. I didn't say anything negative, unfortunatly I still thought it. And my inlaws are down, so that doesn't help. Or my mil and her new husband, Bossy McFightypants. phbbt. Surprise visit. Already got literally tossed out of one home. I snickered. I'm terrible like that.

    Oh man, I have soooo much organizing to do. I bought a bunch of buckets and some chalkboard vinyl and need to set a date with my cricut to make labels. And then start filling boxes. I'm gonna organize my kitchen stuff and my kiddo craft supplies.

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  6. That picture makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! We have all of our books arranged like that, but we don't nearly that many books. I would LOVE a huge home library.

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  7. OK...you did it now. I desperately need to organize my sewing room (aka- master bedroom sitting room). This might just be the kick in the pants that I needed!
    As far as holding back the negativity. My son is 2 1/2. It is so hard to NOT constantly say NO NO NO. I have been working lately at saying things in a more constructive way and directing him towards something that is a YES instead of just saying no. It is working wonders!

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  8. I don't live in a very friendly corner of the world, so this one was very hard. I didn't come out 100% successful, but I did my best and I gave it a good effort.

    I'm organizing my whole house right now, from the move. Does that count? ;)

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  9. I have always loved the pictures of colorized bookshelves. But my OCD would kick in if my books weren't arranged alphabetically by author!

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  10. Read the first chapter of Gretchen Rubin's memoir: The Happiness Project and you will be inspired to get rid of tons. I read it this last week and went through my closet yesterday and got rid of three garbage bag of clothes. I can't wait til this weekend when I can go through the rest of my stuff. Great challenge!

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  11. i love your wake up wed. (especially this clutter one) I really tried hard with the negative comments...towards my husband. he's the one I unload on and so I really tried hard to be super sweet. (sad that I had to try REALLY HARD) I have a sacarastic attitude so when I said" I will take your plate in the kitchen" instead of "really, didn't think your legs were broken "....he totally thought I was up to something. by the end of the week he was telling me NO, I can take my own plate. I'll do it. lol. so it came back better for me (insert evil laugh!)

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  12. I'm lucky - I've just move a new home, so at the moment I've all my things and closets organized. How long - I haven’t the faintest idea:)). But it's true - if home is messy, then the great ideas don't come to me and it's make stress.


    Mytsi Wabrik

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  13. i know exactly what you mean! when my house is cluttered and messy, it bothers me all day and all night and is eating at the back of my brain until i do something about it!

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  14. SO happy to have found your fabulous site!! I feel the way, if the house is not tidy-ish and organized-esque, I fall apart mentally :)

    I'd like to invite you and your little ones to come visit me at http://www.juliasbookbag.com/ -- I write about children's books and we are a lot o' fun!! Come see us! aloha, Melissa

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  15. Oh Last week was a tough one and still is! I have had such a horrible experience with the care of my husband from the hospital that it has been a real chore to keep my mouth shut! I managed to either shut my mouth or "polish my words" most of the time at least in public! But oh the nasty thoughts tearing around in my mind would definitely be censor worthy and truly not lady-like! I find it is hard when my families health is at stake.

    As for the organizing theme of this week....YAY! I am so over due for a Spring cleaning (of everything) I am not sure I will be able to pick just one crazy area!
    Thanks for the challenges, they definitely make me think!

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  16. Okay, I did the negative comment thing. I noticed that at night when I tucked the kids in I would often say something negative, like "Guys you need to clean off the tops of these dressers in the morning." "Boys, your laundry goes in the basket not in the floor." "There was an awful lot of squabbling today, let's do better tomorrow." I always prayed, always said a blessing over them but then would kill the kisses and hugs moment with these junky little reminders.

    This week I decided to nix that. Now, I ask all the kids to clean their room before dinner. I check it and if there are things that still need to be done then we take care of it before we sit down to eat. Then a couple hours later the rooms are clear and I can focus on something great that each kid did that day. It has been simple and all of us are finishing the day with smiles on our faces! Thanks for the reminder to stay positive.
    LT

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  17. The most disorganized area of the home is our kitchen pantry. Only problem, it can't be a day project because the Babby loves getting into everything in there. And it's right by her bedroom, making it hard to make it a night project. But I'll give it a try!

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  18. I have to say, this definitely is a great time in my life for this challenge! I actually need to organize every room... My husband and I are moving in to a new apartment and are realizing what has and has not worked for us in the past. I also need to work on my sewing room... It's a complete mess, and it's hard to stay creative when there's stuff everywhere!
    I'm excited to get started on this!

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  19. I'm trying a challenge that is issued on a book on CD I've listened to, and that is to go 24 hours without saying one thing that's critical. Soooo difficult, especially when you've got little ones running around getting into everything. It's made me realize though just that I am critical so often without even realizing it!

    As far as this week's challenge, we are soo on the same page! When our house is a mess, that's all I think about and it's so hard to get any sort of creative vibe going. I went out yesterday and bought a bunch of containers and various organization things because my house has just seemed so cluttered and it's driving me crazy! Then I read this week's challenge and thought that was pretty sweet.

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  20. My home is in desperate need of some organization. Just last week I signed up for FlyLady and I'm going to give that a try and see if it helps me be less messy and organize my life and home. Good luck everyone! We can do this!

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  21. I've been writing about this on my blog! I am loving Spring Cleaning but cannot get over the time involved! So I'm going room by room. I'm now onto the basement, and tackling one box a day. My biggest goal was not to throw things out; so to be more environmentally friendly I've made an effort to reuse, or donate, or recycle at different places. Great Wake-up Wednesday!

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  22. This is so timely. I just de-cluttered my sons books. They were slowly starting to take over our house!

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  23. Last week's challenge was so difficult - but it came at a perfect moment. I had some challenges at work this week with people, but instead of talking about them behind their backs, I was more professional and dealt with the situations more quickly. It was really hard, but I think it went well. And I also realized by keeping my negativity down, then it was dealt with more appropriately. Hooray!

    However, when playing baseball with some new people that I didn't know - I really thought negative thoughts about a couple of the people. I think part of it was my own insecurities... but I kept it internal and hopefully wasn't pleasant enough to them. I don't want to be a mean girl :)

    I'm definitely going to try and keep this up! Thanks for the challenge.

    As for the spring cleaning... wow... what doesn't need to be organized in my house? :)

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  24. I organize my sewing things!!! I wanted to tell you that I am working on some shirts with your ideas, you can take a sneak peak on my blog!! thanks for your great ideas I love your blog!!

    www.jonesfantastic4.blogspot.com

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  25. I definitely need to organize my entire dorm room. I just wish I knew how!

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  26. I just wanted to say thank you for last week's challenge. I really needed it, and really took it to heart. As a matter of fact, I have a small sheet of paper that says "Kind~Neccessary~True" taped to the back of my phone now as a reminder. :) I'm really trying to change the way I think about people, not just what I say. To that, I made a point of making nice comments on an acquaintance's Facebook page who normally I might have thought or said snarky things about. Also, and this is a tough one, I'm distancing myself from the people I know who think gossip and sarcasm are "cool." There's a difference between being witty or needing to vent and just plain being mean-spirited, you know? Anyway, thanks again! And the kids' closet was already on my list of things to do this weekend, so I'm excited to be participating this week too! :)

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  27. Hahaha, see the picture? I make the same thing when I organise my clothes on my closet :D Just an obsession I have :P

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  28. Thanks so much for this week's challenge! I know I'm not the first to say thank you for giving me the kick up the butt I need to finally get around to sorting out my sewing room but still, thank you! We moved in almost a year ago and I still have boxes in there and, up until now I've simply been climbing over them to get to my sewing machine. No wonder I feel stressed and can't find anything...

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  29. A great book for any readers out there to help changing negative thoughts to positive ones is "Power Thoughts" by Christian author/speaker Joyce Meyer.

    Love your blog name, btw! Glad I stumbled upon it.

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