I need to clear the clutter – in my home, my brain, and my schedule.
My personality is one that likes to do many things and likes to be helpful – but the downside is that sometimes I fill my schedule with meaningless but busy things and sometimes I just clutter my life without really doing the things that mean the most to me.
About a month ago, I reached out to a friend of mine – I look up to her in many ways, one of them being her search for SIMPLICITY. She’s promised to let me “shadow” her when she gets back from a trip to see how she manages a few things in her home. In the meanwhile, though, she sent me this great recording from Preschoolers and Peace (thank you, Sara!). Basically, Kendra Fletcher goes through her biggest organizational tips and what works for her (she’s a mom to 7, including a baby and a 3 year old!).
Then, I had my DUH moment.
I’ve been feeling SO busy, but if I look at my planner, it’s not too full. I mean, 2 days a week I have physical therapy which lasts about a couple of hours (including waiting) and then, I clean one day a week and that’s pretty much it. So, why does it FEEL like I have no time and why do I feel so STRESSED?
It’s because I have no schedule since we’ve moved.
It’s because our house is a disaster area…since the move.
It’s because I have no clue where most of our belongings are since they’re in one big pile (or so it feels) in the storage building…
It’s because homeschooling hit the backburner, and I feel like I’m wasting my daughter’s time…
It’s because our kitchen/dining room just shrunk and cooking is really intimidating me in this new kitchen since most things are stored out of my reach due to storage limitations and then add in a lack of counter space….
I’m feeling claustrophobic, and no wonder why! It’s not that I’m too BUSY…it’s that I’m not organized. –All I want to do is read or paint, but not do the things I NEED to do.
So, this morning, I dug out my Homeschool planner and made a plan for this week (I only do a week at a time so I can move forward or focus more on a certain area as we need). We took a 2 month break with the bankruptcy and the move and such and I feel like such a bad mommy for not having structured learning time. It’s not that she hasn’t learned anything, it just FEELS like I haven’t taught her on purpose. Ah, guilt. Isn’t it lovely?
Next, I’m going to spend today making up Cleaning Zones. We adapted these from FLY LADY but toned them down a bit because I really don’t care if you can eat off my floors or not, as long as they are clean (for being floors). Actually, I might think you a bit odd if you licked my floors anyhow.
Then, I plan to make a very lenient daily schedule for me.
And then… a meal plan.