I’m a little late in blogging about this, but I stumbled upon the My Happy House 10-Week Cleaning Challenge  last week and decided to give it a whirl.

Last week’s challenge was to make your bed every day. We managed to make the bed three or four times last week. Not bad. This week’s challenge is to empty the sink daily.

I have always really, really wanted to be one of those people with an immaculate house who could have company over on a moment’s notice, but I’m just kind of messy by nature. Fiance and I are actually doing really well with the downstairs — the living room is almost always presentable, but sometimes we let the dishes pile up (which is ridiculous when it takes two seconds to put them in the dishwasher). I am by far messier than fiance — my office is the only one in the house that’s a total catastrophe, with workout clothes and underwear and towels all over the floor. He picked up some of my laundry in our bedroom and was like, “Where should I put this?” (we have multiple laundry baskets) and I just said, “Um, in my room?”

Every now and then I’ll make an effort to get things organized, and life just runs so much more smoothly. I haven’t always been good about keeping all the little details — books, magazines, pens, stamps, address labels, you name it — under control, but I’m diligent about keep my workout gear ready to go and writing out a meal plan. 

While my workout clothes and grocery lists were key to weight loss, I’m starting to think that organization is key to overall health and feeling well. I once read that “living in the midst of a mess is a major energy drain,” and I agree. I feel so much better when the house is clean. I think we’re going to make some sort of daily chore chart, too.

In all honesty, things like a “cleaning challenge” and “chore charts” sound more than a little hokey to me. But I know that if I don’t make a plan and chip away at it a little at a time, it just won’t ever get done — kind of like weight loss, huh?

How do you stay organized?