I absolutely positively adore Pinterest. It’s my favorite because I love new ideas, food, humor, travel ideas, family fun, and DIY stuff. And, don’t you just love all the gorgeous home organization pins on Pinterest? The clever aha moments never seem to stop as I peruse my feed. Some people are flat out geniuses with their organizational talents. But, I fully admit it; I’m a Pinterest Fail Mom when it comes to home organization. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants gal on the organization front. And truthfully, I suck at home organization.
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Confessions of a Pinterest Fail Mom for Home Organization: Momlife Humor
I scroll through pins on Pinterest and I’m thoroughly amazed how other moms have devoted extreme amounts of time to the organization of their homes.
However, I just don’t get it. How do they find the time to be so neat and tidy?
I’m just Taking the Pinterest Fail Badge for Home Organization. I never have time to do that kind of stuff. I barely get the laundry done, the house vacuumed, meals made, and the dishwasher unloaded with the constant busyness of momlife and the carting of kids all over (free mom-uber here with a record of 16 trips to and from the house in one day–I’m NOT kidding).
But honestly, the everyday workload of being a mom is enough of a challenge–for the love. And don’t even bring up the word clutter (makes me shudder as I walk through my kitchen).
How do these organizational geniuses have time to dream up and accomplish all those nifty cabinet door slots and slotted pantry organizers? I see their ideas and I wonder how did they find the time to do it, and does the rest of their house look like a magazine too? Or, is it a tornado, like my house always is?
Ever feel like your being swept along in a river as you parent your busy kids???
Always scrambling along to keep up. We are a busy bunch! I often say I can’t keep up with my own life.
Let’s get real here.
I’m a mom of boys. Three of them and my house shows it.
Can I just say having a pool (can you say towels and lots of them), three busy boys in the house, a husband, two guinea pigs, and two dogs makes for a LOT of laundry for this mama…well the dogs don’t but the guinea pigs are always giving me towels to wash;) Jerseys, clothes, sheets, towels, pj’s…who can keep up?
Right now, I have three throw blankets, a guinea pig obstacle course made out of six books swiped from an overflowing basket of books, two baskets of video game accessories, plus five video game cases that just don’t fit anywhere, a roller coaster toy with no real home, a sleeping bag, five remote control planes, and four pillows on the floor. And that’s just the living room. Haha! (Help me! Self-care tips take me away!)
Am I a complete fail as a mom and homemaker because I can’t seem to find the time to organize even one dang junk drawer?
I wanna say no. Right?!
I zoom down past the gorgeous clever organization Pinterest pins for drawers quickly so as not to feel too guilty because I haven’t even cleaned out all the baby toys from my seven-year old’s closet yet. Honest. Truth. And he’s the baby of the family (eek!).
I refuse to acknowledge the perfectly organized junk drawers using dollar store hacks as shown on Pinterest. Nope. Don’t see it. Can’t even get my junk drawer shut right now (foragers always come along and mess it up).
But really, I must admit, I’m in awe of the organizationally obsessed mamas who make those home organizational ideas happen though. They are my aspiration, but I know I’ll never make it there this side of motherhood (at least not on my own, that’s for sure, I’m fully inept). I’m in full fail mode and I’m accepting it, loving it in fact. Who needs the effort of momentary perfection when boys come along and demolish in two seconds flat?
I’m gonna be serious here. I beg the neat freak moms, please stop making me look bad by displaying nifty organization tips on our beloved Pinterest. Pretty please.
‘Cause I’m going to be a Pinterest-Organization-Fail mom. I’m gonna revel in it. I am in protest of perfectly organized toy bins and pristine picked up garages with homemade bike racks and helmets hanging on pegs painted in each kids’ favorite color with their name painted in calligraphy above.
Putting my foot down. I’m going to let my kids revel in the youth of cluttered toys while they are young and actually still play with toys. I’m going to allow my boys a toy mess because toy play will come to an end, as I now see in my oldest. My other kids are raging toward that age every day too.
Shoving off the guilt of not being organized. Yep. That’s me.
I’m going to allow the cars and remote-control planes to spread across the carpet with the overstuffed craft bin busted out on the kitchen floor, rubber bands and pipe cleaners spilling out. Reshaped paper clips dispersed as garnish.
Though I’m not going to lie, it drives me batty, mind razing crazy even, but I’m going to let them dwell in it while they are still into toys and craft making. I’m going to scroll past the Pinterest-Organization pins for perfect crafting areas, and I’m going to pretend the organization gurus don’t exist. I’m ignoring them.
Not even saving the pins for the future. NO way.
Nope. I don’t see the cool bathtub bottle holder organizer either. I don’t see the spectacular pantry door shoe holder with all the spices nestled in cups perfectly adorning the pantry with labels and ready to be used. I don’t see the smart soup can holder pin. Nope. And I certainly don’t see the homework bin organizer for school papers (because my work area looks as organized as a pile of spaghetti).
I just can’t seem to make neat organization happen; I’m too strapped for time so I’m blind to it all. Selective ignoring. Um-hmm.
I am intrigued, despite my declaration of accepting failure. My interest is peaked, but I’m living in my denial and I’m happy here amongst the multitude of foam nerf bullets, homeless bean bags, little robot guys and their stage amiss of an audience, the airsoft paraphernalia, the multitude of Xbox remotes, and a guitar that has no real home.
I’m living in my Pinterest Organizational fail home and I’m surviving. I’m loving life and I don’t miss perfection in organization one little bit making over my house.
I don’t need it. I can never aspire to be the decluttering goddess so I’m giving up. I’m taking the Pinterest Organizational fail badge. And I’m proud.
Besides, by the time I have time to really organize it all, my kids will be grown, and it will be easy to organize. I’d rather see my boys play than organize their play into perfect boxes (I can rationalize with the best of ’em).
Yet I can’t seem to shake the clever pen and pencil organizers out of my mind. The images of pristine closets using multi-colored baskets and pretty pink boxes pop in my head and I shove them out quick.
I can’t know this.
It’s just too hard to accomplish. Can’t do it. Taking the Pinterest fail. It’s mine.
Hmm…well, that’s life in my household. Surviving motherhood through the mass chaos.
[Or, maybe, I’m just a little bit jealous;)]
Whose with me? You taking the Pinterest Fail badge too? OR! Tell me your organization tips in the comments; I sure need all the help I can get!
Want to read more mom humor? Read Mom Humor the Funny Truth of How I Literally Starved My Son at Lunch
I do have ONE TIP! I just started using the hanging toy organizer below for my kids’ swimsuits and towels. Maybe there is hope for me yet!!
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