Saturday, May 20, 2017

Paper Clutter

Today was another rainy day.  Enough with the rain already!!  It's been raining for almost 2 weeks now, and I am craving Vitamin D in the worst way!!  My garden isn't sure if it's even growing season right now or if the seeds should still be hiding away underground where it's slightly warmer.  The poor tomato plants may be stunted.  I think the boys and I are feeling stunted.  WE need the sunlight and warmth.  WE need to get out and play in the sun.  Normally I wouldn't have a problem with the kids playing in the rain and the mud, but with the temps only being in the 40's, it's not quite warm enough for that.

Today we spent the day doing some cleaning around the house.  I focused on the paper clutter under the cleaning plan that I'm following.  As I may have posted yesterday, I'm not planning on following the 40 week plan over 40 actual weeks because I'd like the house to be clean before that.  I'm going to try to abridge the plan to make it through a little faster.  I don't know how fast, it depends on each step, but we'll see what happens.  Anyway.. here's the plan that I'm following..  I'm new with listening to podcasts, but I started with podcast #1 and am going from there. I came up with a total of 6 Sunday baskets!!

I know they're not all "baskets" but I just used whatever was handy.  I didn't get through all of them today because I was playing single parent while hubby was at the shop all day, but I did get through 3 of them!  I did a quick sort - his, mine, kids, and trash piles.  Then a more thorough where I went back through all my stuff and opened it and decided if it was keep, shred, or recycle.  If it was keep, I had to decide where it was going to go or what I was going to do with it and put it in the appropriate file/pile.  Turns out most of the stuff I went through was either shred or recycle.  I think that's what I'm going to find when I go through the rest of the stuff, which I'm hoping to do tomorrow. 

Breaking the cleaning down into these smaller manageable pieces is really helping me. Normally when I work on this stuff, my anxiety gets to me and drives me crazy because I get too overwhelmed and I need to walk away.  But so far this is working!! 

There is another podcast I found that is breaking down organization into little pieces, and I'm working that into my routine too.  It builds on itself.  It started with the first night - spend a couple minutes just picking up the bathroom before going to bed.  Put everything in the bathroom away where it goes, wipe down the sink/counters, pick up stuff on the floor.  That way in the morning the bathroom is clean when you go in there.  Now they added on Step 2 - pick up and put away 5 things before you go to bed.  Just 5 things you see sitting out that aren't where they belong, and put them away.

I talked to a friend of mine today who I had lost touch with for a while and has now moved back to the area. She is a personal trainer and I was asking for some advice because I'm getting desperate now that I've been diagnosed at pre-diabetic and have osteoarthritis in my knee.  I was doing my workout today - Hip Hop Abs - when the 2 oldest kids decided they had to start fighting and no one wanted to watch my Monkey, so I had to quit halfway through.  It's really grating on me when they have to fight like that ALL the time.  She only has 2 days of school left, so I'm sure they're going to be fighting  A LOT....

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beginning again....

Motherhood is an adventure in itself.  Add into that the excitement of homeschooling, a genetic disease, a social disability, and the teenage years, and you have a whole new ballgame!  My little Monkey has been attending preschool for the last month.  He was accepted at 3 without potty training because, in addition to the amazing adventures of CF that we have daily, he has the added joy of ASD on top of it.  It's all fine because, you know, dealing with CF is no big deal anyway, right? (Insert sarcastic smirk.)  

I tried to follow my dream for a while.  I had opened a shop last spring and it lasted a whole 6 months.  But when you spend your days bouncing between doctor appointments and being a new business, you can't really afford to bring in hired help.  My cousin came in to help for a while, but I still owe her for at least one day she worked.  I had built up a pretty good inventory, then when I closed in August I had to move everything from my 900 square foot store into totes and into my basement, garage, and office space.  I'm still looking for many of my things because I don't know where they are. 

I finished off last year with Farmer's Market, and I signed on with them for the full year this year.  Wednesday was the first day, but the weather wasn't very nice.  It was thundering, lightening, and hailing up until opening time, so I was a few minutes late getting there since I wasn't sure if I should go or not.  This year I'm licensed to sell veggies as well as baking mixes.  I've written up some really good muffin mixes that I'm going to do, as well as selling some of the muffins already made.   I've also been doing more sewing since I have a couple new machines that I've inherited.  I've been playing around and experimenting with different ideas.  Hopefully they go over well :) 

Today I'm also starting a cleaning and decluttering program to try to get my house under control.  There is just way too much mess right now for me, and I notice it plays on my anxiety.  And I hate when I can't find things.  I had a customer come pick up an order, and I wrote out the receipt and took her cash and put it in the book, then can't remember where I put it.  I could really use that $20, so now I need to find it!!