When I first started reading blogs, I was a newlywed with no cooking skills so my focus was on blogs was whole foods, cooking and anything “green”. Over time, I’ve really enjoyed a range of blog topics and in recent years, I’ve added blogs on parenting and home management to my reader. My life has changed dramatically in the last 5 years. I went from full time employment with a commute at a Contract Research Lab to full time as an Education Director at Sylvan in town. And then, part time at Sylvan and parenthood. And finally, I’m a part time work at home mom with 2 kids. Everything can be a challenge. It’s a worthwhile challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. How do I function? Lists. Goals. Plans.
I’m excited to share some of the plans, goals and lists here. I have a binder with all of my vital information and work from it on a daily basis. This works for me because I’m a very list-conscious person and I love organization, but it did take me almost a year to get the kinks ironed out. My routine is fairly flexible just I have small children, but again, it’s what works for me.
Even thought it’s the end of February, I’m feeling very Springy. It’s 49 degrees out and Sunny with a capital S. The rest of the week is forecasted to be in the upper 40s and 50s. I can’t believe it. How strange our weather has been this year. I tend to tackle big organization or cleaning projects when it’s sunny out. And since the wind is pretty wicked, I am willing to just stay indoors and not blow away. This week’s goals focus mainly on organization. I started purging the basement storage area on Saturday and am proud to say that I’m over halfway to the 40 bag goal with a whopping 22 bags of stuff either donated or thrown away. I need to finish the basement before our furnace arrives. It’s primarily because I don’t want workers down in the basement tripping over the clutter, but also because the clutter embarrasses me. And although I’d really like to list my giant to-do list and say it’s my goal for the week, I’m trying to be a little more realistic this year. Nothing facilitates discouragement like over-extending yourself. So for this week, only 5 goals:
- Sort and organize the kids’ clothes, weeding out the things that are too small and makes notes on what is still needed for Spring and Summer.
- Fix the chair in Liam’s room.
- Sort and organize the living room bookshelves.
- Make at least 1 trip to the VOA with donations.
- SCRUB the kitchen floor.