Well 2013 came flying into my life with a bang - sick kids then a sick mom. I have not had sick puking babies in so long that I cannot even recall who was the last one to be that ill. My sympathy lasted a couple of days and then it is just so. exhausting. dealing with cranky whiney babies, but then it hit me. And I ached. felt like crying. ached. tried to nap. felt restless. BLAH. Sometimes when I am in the middle of it all I wonder if I will ever feel well again, then it lifts and I do!
This year I am tackling in earnest the chore of organizing my life - I am 4 weeks into a program and so far you would never know it by looking at this house that I am in any type of effort to improve the situation. But week 1 was all about clearing clutter in my head, with the suggestion of the book I am following I started a journal. Having never kept any type of written document, I wondered if it would be helpful... there were a few personal things that it felt good to write about, and I should know that I would benefit from something like that because I always have an easier time writing what I feel than actually talking about how I feel. Now I am not an everyday type of journal keeper, at least not yet, but every once in a while a personal brain purge is a good thing!
Week 2 and 3 were about schedules - general household and then a cleaning schedule. I feel like I actually have a decent handle on the general household schedule. I have the white board calendars to write out appointments - I am trying to integrate my phone calendar into usage as well since it is always with me and can send out reminders as needed. But the cleaning schedule is something I struggle with - my enginerd side of my brain likes things to be in order or at least the concept of living with order, but the creative flakey side often finds a reason to NOT maintain order like crafting, sewing, reading, dreaming... And really it always waits. The problem I find is that I get into a major creative funk when this house starts spiraling out of control, and I need to reign in the mess before I am able to accomplish anything creative. Instead of trying to accomplish little chores each day and spreading the cleaning out over several days I decided to try one full day of cleaning each week, 2 laundry days, and creative outlets or time with friends on the other 2 days. Of course there needs to be general maintenance on the non-cleaning days, but the deeper cleaning/scrubbing/vacuuming by mom will all be done on 1 day. Although I see the wisdom in keeping the day the same each week, I need to be flexible, so for now it will rotate, but be pre-planned each week. The kids will have to pick up the slack on the other days and help with the maintenance.
This week is about priorities - things I want accomplish and things I care about. I did a little brainstorming today and collected a list of things that are important in my life. It was interesting to see if written on a piece of paper. As the list actually solidifies, I hope to share it in some form by the end of the week. Also encouraged to find personal motivators, I am trying hard at a bit of self-discovery/reflection. Usually I am a face-value type of person, not ready too deeply beyond the obvious and it is interesting to analyze myself and my actions/thoughts. Not to pick them apart and be overly critical, but to help understand me!