Family Life

the disorganised housewife


Today’s post is from Heather Smith, ex-nanny, writer and mum. Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada.


You’d think it would be easy to start things out, but it is not. It’s never easy to start something that seems insurmountable. So, when it came to design the baby’s room, I procrastinated like a master. By the time I actually got around to picking out my ‘wish list’ for the baby shower, I was approximately the size of a city bus. Well, the shower came and went and the room still sat bare. Oh, all the stuff was in it- piled up against the walls, parts strewn around like puzzle pieces.

But nothing was completed.

Can I just tell you how much fun it is assembling a crib when you can’t see your feet and you have to use a pulley system to get up off the floor? Needless to say, it took a while. But, at last, everything was assembled and ready to go. And not a moment too soon.

I swear my son has an internal alarm that goes off the minute I sit down. Bathroom breaks? Not for mom. Shower time? Nope. The only time I get to sit in peace is when he’s asleep, which means for five minutes at a time, usually right before the phone rings or someone knocks on the door. So, as a result, (I blame him) I procrastinate even more now than I used to. Incredible though that may be.

There are some conveniences of modern life I’m very thankful for. Automated bill pay and direct deposit keep the electricity on and water running. Without that help, I have a feeling we’d be living in a lot of layers. Very stinky layers. Not that living in ‘previously worn’ clothes doesn’t happen. My procrastination does not stop in the utility room. Piles of laundry threaten to engulf whoever dares to enter there.

Forget separating white from colors; everything ends up grey eventually.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a dirty person. I’m just organisationally challenged. I know where everything is… at least what pile it is in. Last minute is the way I live my life, however. Need that sweater for tomorrow? I have the wash and dry times down to a science.

Does anyone else have a problem with this?

Or am I the only unorganised mum out there?


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  • Ai Sakura

    I have a board on Pinterest just to help me with organization haha.. It was harder when my girl was younger, but now thankfully she is ale to entertain herself and sleep longer naps to give me time for some household stuff when I’m home in the weekends :p

    • Tahlia

      love the day time sleeps… god help me when mine drops hers! xx

  • Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups

    I too am great at procrastinating, but every now and then I get a move on and manage to get stuff done :)

    • Tahlia

      it’s that extra little push that gets us going sometimes i am sure Sonia x

  • Daisy

    Definitely not alone! Sounds a lot like my house!

  • Jess

    I can procrastinate I it’s hard or scary, but generally I just do stuff. I hate disorganization more than the hard or scary things, so that works well for me!

  • Mum’s the Word

    I have great intentions but yes I am a procrastinator as well.. It drives HB crazy!

  • Misha – TheBlingBuoy

    I hear you! I love having an organised house and 9 years ago I had one… but after 4 children, it’s a little bit tricky! And as for procrastination… guilty as charged!

    • Tahlia

      organised… what does that mean again?

  • Gemma @ My Big Nutshell

    right before the phone rings or someone knocks on the door…. god I know that!

  • Veronica @ Mixed Gems

    Sadly, I an a terrible procrastinator. Couple that with over thinking things and so much doesn’t get done till the last minute. I really want to change though.