I’m a list maker. I love notepads… and pens… and LISTS. Now, that might make you think I’m organized… but I’m not. I’m a fake. I think sometimes I just get overwhelmed by certain tasks (like cleaning the house, planning a party, writing blog posts, etc.) and writing it out on paper makes it way more manageable. Ya know, in that moment, because like I said — I’m still not organized. I’ll write the same list 10 times because I lost it the first 9 times or I never actually accomplished everything on the list.
But once I start something? Ohhh, I must finish it. It drives me a little batty to start something and not finish RIGHT THEN, as soon as possible. (anddd thank you, dad, for that trait) Hmmm… side thought… maybe that’s why I can get so easily frustrated sometimes with my children… they’re always interrupting me and my TASKS! lol.
ANYWAY. I’m also used to schedule. Getting up and going to work was a huge part of that, so now… as a stay-at-home-mom with two little ones… sometimes I’m a little lost.
I’ve talked on here before about my grand ideas for a schedule and now I’m finally really working on it. We’ve decided I should not go back to work this fall (college instructor) because Steve got a new job, we’re trying to sell our house, moving again, etc etc etc — bottom line: if I can stay home with the little ones while they’re still little, I should. So the stay-at-home saga continues.
CLEANING. When I was little, cleaning was doing our “chores.” Almost like a punishment. So? That’s how I feel about cleaning today as an adult. Punishment. Ryan LOVES to clean so I hope I can somehow keep it that way. He helps keep me in line – every day he asks to do the laundry and the dishes, so that helps! Mondays: vacuum. Tuesdays: bathrooms. Wednesdays: dust & mop kitchen. Thursdays: trash and bedrooms. Fridays: basement/fun day. Weekends: who cleans on weekends?!!?
COOKING. Ughhh, another thing I hate! Why?! I blame my mother. (Hi, Mom! ) She hates to cook, too. I absolutely have to have a recipe or an idea – I cannot just whip something up. So… I’m meal planning. Every Sunday I figure out what to do for dinners for the upcoming week. I have a couple cooking sites I check out for meal ideas, but recently found easy dinner ideas from BumbleBee–I can include or exclude ingredients, which is awesome for me because I’m picky.
KIDS. Keeping the kids active and involved was way easier when we lived in Rockford with lots to do. Where we live now (in the middle of a cornfield), there isn’t much going on. I did pretty well this summer, but winter is going to be tough. I have lots of ideas though! Children’s Museum (we are members), play-dates, Playworld (or a Monkey Joe type place), grandma’s, stay home and get crafty, play in the snow/sledding… I use Cozi (website & app) to plan every day in advance (otherwise we’d go crazy!).
BLOG. This one I still really need to work on < – and I’m like a broken record with that. I work too much during the day when I should be playing with the kids. I work at night because that’s when the hubby is home to help with the kids – but then I’m not with him. I work weekends – and then I’m not with the family. What I really NEED are office hours. Set times to work and then during the other times? NO work. This is a hard balance for me.
Wow – it’s all pretty exciting, right?! That’s exactly what my kid-less friends are thinking, hahaha. I’ll tell you – it is. I never know what stains will end up on my clothes by the end of the day.
How do you schedule and manage your time? How do you stay organized?
And now this blog post? Crossed off my LIST! Whoooo!
*Consideration was given for the editing and publishing of this post by Amanda Green