Simplifying/organizing/de-cluttering: Help!

You guys are amazing! I’m still kind of in awe about this whole blogging thing – once you have established readers, they actually want to hear what you have to say and will comment on it. I mean, I get it, because I feel the same way about all the blogs I follow, but it’s so cool when it’s turned back to you! I did think this would happen eventually, but only for the topic of IF. Now that I feel more “established”, it’s clear that you’re not all going to stray when I write about something more random! That’s awesome. I always thought a successful blog has one topic in mind and that’s it. And I do, I guess. I mean I’ve basically only ever written about fertility, with some health/fitness stuff thrown in. But I do have other things on my mind. And during the TWW, they come front and center.

I will try not to dump these random thoughts on you more than once a week-ish. Fertility still comes first right now. However, it’ll give me the opportunity to blog more, which I would like to do.

Today’s non-IF thought actually ties with yesterday’s post: Simplifying/organizing/de-cluttering (my house, my life, etc.)

Here’s the question: When you go into a cleaning/organizing frenzy, and you want to start throwing away everything in sight, as well as rearranging furniture and generally changing it all up – is your husband on board?

I ask this for a reason. Yesterday, after my post, I kind of went into organizing mode. I straightened up a cabinet that was desperately overdue, and then I went to the bedroom. I hate our bedroom. It’s not at all a “master” bedroom. It’s small, with plastic drawers from college holding the clothes that don’t fit in the dresser. Our closet is tiny, so my husband’s shoes are all over the floor. (I’ve stolen both shoe racks..) It’s not cozy at all. My dogs sleep on the bed and there’s always fur on it, even when we constantly vacuum. I could go on and on. I started talking about how displeased I was with all of this. Now, my husband is displeased as well. In fact, he’s not too keen on the house in general, though it was the right deal when we bought it.

In his eyes, he doesn’t like so many things about the house, it’s not worth bothering to fix anything. In my eyes, we might as well fix the small things in the house we don’t like, since we can’t change the big things.

I made a comment about his nightstand in the bedroom – dusty, and covered with his crap (wallet, money, phone, and a million other little things). I told him I’d take care of it and clean it off so it looked better. His response was that he didn’t want to clean it up. “Otherwise,” he said, “where would I put my stuff?” Ahh! I know that he has never appreciated a clean house like I do, and he also hates to clean (it’s like pulling teeth). So I ended up spending a few hours in the bedroom yesterday afternoon cleaning up all of my stuff, but I left his alone. What good is a bedroom that’s half-clean? How do I convince him that organizing and de-cluttering feels so good?

Don’t get me wrong – my husband is amazing at so many things. He’s incredibly bright and knows every answer on Jeopardy, he’s a great cook who basically cooks every night for us, he’s hysterically funny, and very supportive of all this IF stuff. I can talk about it until I’m blue in the face, and he doesn’t mind. One thing he’s not good at – cleaning. And organizing. We can’t all be good at everything, I guess. But still.

How do you get your significant other to clean/organize/de-clutter??


Oh, and one more little question out there for the blogging world: What is ICLW? And how does it work? I saw that it was this week…

Thanks for reading, everyone! 🙂