I'm so proud of myself! We just got back from a two day trip away, and as soon as I got in the door and got ds settled in bed I tidied away all our bags (as in actually unpacked them and got them away, not just put them out of sight), and put away all the stuff we bought. Usually I would leave it to tomorrow, or the next day . . .
I am in the process of getting things more organized. I've been working on it for about 10 months now, with lots of false starts and bad weeks and months, but my house is basically clean at the end of the day now, and almost to the "people could drop by and it wouldn't be an embarassment" stage. I even finished tidying the basement this week (I hadn't finished getting everything put away from when we moved in a year ago).
I tried Flylady for a week, but it didn't work for me. I just don't respond well to being told what to do.
One thing that really helped me was changing my motto to "Do it Now". So, instead of walking by a sheet of paper that has fallen on the floor I pick it up. And after meals, I clean up right away instead of leaving the dishes until I get around to them. When ds and I move from one room to another (he is 16 mos and a small portable whirlwind), I tidy up before we move on. YOu get the idea.
Another thing was these websites:
(go to the ADDing Routines)
They both have really good suggestions about starting routines. After searching through them, I had a good idea of what routines I needed to develop. I'm just starting to get to the point where I just have to kick myself in the butt to start the routine, and then it is pretty automatic. I still write my daily task and my weekly area on the calendar to remind myself and I have my daily tasks written down in an easily accessable book.
I also bought a daybook for this next year. I didn't have one last year, which was my first year staying at home. But I was a teacher, and my daybook was my organizational lifeline (and a legal requirement of the job), so I thought I might function better if I had one again. IF I can remember where I put it.
Well, have a good night, all.