Friday, April 3, 2009

Blitz-it Friday

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I'm participating in Blitz it-Friday at Organized Everyday. I've been a subscriber of her blog for a few months now and I always enjoy her tips for getting & staying organized. This one (the blitz) is so exciting for me, though! The basics are: you pick an amount of time for "blitzing" and focus your attentions for that amount of time (no distractions) til the job is done.

As a mother of 2 young kids, I need this weekly reminder to help me get stuff done. You know...we all have those days when you feel like nothing gets accomplished! Those of you who know me, know that I'm not afraid to be vulnerable. If you don't want to see pictures of my messy house, stop reading now. :) But, if you *might* have a messy house, too, every once in awhile, and want to not feel so bad about yourself, keep reading!

I've been meaning to participate in this blitz for the past few weeks, but just hadn't gotten around to it. (Maybe I needed to "blitz" my blitzing post! ha ha) Today, I purposed I was going to get this done, no matter what. It was a good thing, because my kitchen needed it! I blitzed for an hour today.

Here are the before pictures of my kitchen/dining room. I won't apologize for the mess. :) It's life; it happens. The only thing clean in this picture is my empty dishwasher. I did at least get that done this morning!

I set my timer. The one thing that surprised me was that as I started rolling along, I was amazed at how much I accomplished in the first 15 minutes. It was just the encouragement I needed to remind myself to keep up with my small tasks so things don't build up to this. (And no, my kitchen does not look like this on a regular's just been a rough week.)

And this is my picture exactly 60 minutes later: everything on the counters is now clean & ready to be put away. One sink is full of dirty dishes, which were ready to go into the dishwasher once it was done. cutie-pie son, who woke up exactly 19 minutes into my 60 minute blitz, but thankfully was not too much of a distraction. How could anyone resist staring into his cute little face? :)

I finished the job shortly after supper, so it's all clean now! Yeah! Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this up every week, doing different projects along the way. I have a few things in mind I'd like to organize & get done, and this hour-long blitz seems like just the tool!


Contemplative Mom said...

Great Blitzing! Thank you for sharing pictures. You got so much done!

Organizing Mommy said...

Hey good job. Eventually, we all get out of blitzing the kitchen, but we need to be encouraged by the progress. Don't tell anyone, but on some days, I even do 2 blitzes. But I am a nut like that! Great job. Does your hubby think you are insane or anything?

Shannon H said...

Great job! Sadly, my kitchen routinely looks like your "before," so it was nice to see I'm not alone (even if yours was the exception rather than the rule).

Megan said...

Great job! I am always amazed at what I can accomplish during my blitz hour. I love your cabinets. They are very pretty.

Erica said...

you're so awesome krista! i need to try that!