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I thought I'd go ahead and put it out there. We're a family of 6 and live in a fairly small space (1700sf) and we seem to have and like a lot of stuff. I've really really tried to assess our needs and wants and made a lot of great changes in the last few years and yet I still struggle with the day to day task of running the household. I do good for awhile, but if one thing happens and I get off schedule (illness or a holiday) it all goes to h*ll. I'm easily overwhelmed by the chaos that exist at times as we really only have one living area and one eating area and there's no real alternative. There's never a time when someone is not here so I have to try and clean around the kids and I'm not sure how a neatnik such as myself gave birth to such slobs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. So...for 2008 I want to recommit and challenge myself to purging, to simplifying, to relaxing, to enjoying and loving my family and my home.<br>
What will you be working on in 2008?
 

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HI! I could have written your post, but we are 9 in the same size house.<br>
I'm with you on your quest! wanna be buddies? I have all the same problems you do...and am looking for good solutions.<br>
I guess one of them is getting off the computer.....I have a love hate relationship w/ my laptop.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I love it for connecting me with loved ones and friends I would not otherwise be able to be connected to.....but it does kind of monopolize my day sometimes.....<br>
so what ideas have you come up with??
 

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Hey mama!<br>
I'm very guilty of falling into the too much online time trap. I found that if I make a daily schedule and tell myself I need to do xyz before I surf I accomplished so much more!<br>
I would love to be buddies, us gals with big families and smallish homes got to stick together!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We're a family of 7 (+ an elderly uncle) in a 1600 sq ft house. I don't need a bigger house, just a better layout. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I am a total perfectionist - with a completely messy house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I don't have time to get things up to my standards, so I never get anything done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I was brought up with the "If you don't do something right, don't do it at all." And, clearly, that backfired! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
So I get everything done, then we...you know, live...and its a mess again! Sometimes, I give up and sometimes, I am motivated. (I must be in a motivated block of time, because I've been hanging out on the Decluttering/Organizing/Simplifying forums lately! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
I'd love to get on track! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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sheesh ! i hear ya monkey princess! this houses layout stinks in the worst way......<br>
I really do NOT like my house....and would love it if we just had less stuff....but with 9 people if everyone hasa little it seems like a lot.<br>
I wish we could be really really simple.....I could....but i don't know about everyone else.<br>
right now , my ds's have two boxes of STUFF that they just don't do anything with...but if asked....they have to keep it!<br>
I am the worst offender by far.....I used to ebay for money....and I have boxes and boxes of stuff in the basement intending to sell it.<br>
I sent a bunch to some FINS for the holiday....but still have so much!<br>
I need help.<br>
lol.
 

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just a little ps.......anyone that has chat , like a messgr., I have yahoo....we could chat sometime?<br>
I love the message board....but sometimes it seems so long in between messg's<br>
I think today , though, I'm gonna close up the computer and try to get as much done before nap....then I can reward myself w/ a cup of jo and a little online time.<br>
let me know how your day goes and any ideas for getting my junk out.....lol.
 

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Can I play too?<br>
We're a family of 5, 2 adults, 3 teenage boys, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 5 goldfish in a 968 square foot 1980's shoebox ranch.<br><br>
I keep telling DH, "We don't need MORE space we just need less junk and use the space that we do have better.<br><br>
We did a HUGE purge this spring, took over 600 pounds of junk to the dump and had a killer garage sale where we made almost $500 +the boys made $200 selling their own stuff.<br><br>
I have to stay on top of the picking up and putting away, cause in such a small space, even one pair of shoes left laying out in the living room makes it look messy.
 
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