Monday - Clean up command central - How can I be organized with clutter on my office desk and piles of unopened mail? Cleaned up and updated my filing system from my "had enough time to save all this scraps of paper." Paid bills, balanced budget. Recycled a ton of paper clutter.
Tuesday - Flylady's Crisis Cleaning - I use baking soda to shine my sink instead of chemicals. They I disinfect it with a natural spray with essential oils from Trader Joes's. It looks shiny and clean, and all the dishes have been cleaned, dried and put away.
For this day I made sure of setting my alarm the night before and to go to bed at a good time. However 2/3 kids woke up during the night, and I did not get the sleep I need to rise up early.
Wednesday - Continued with Flylady's Crisis Cleaning and organized for activities. This week all of our activities start at once, so I have to make sure I know where I am going, when and have the correct forms.
Still having trouble waking up on time, I could not sleep the night before. I believe I would sleep better if I did not drink or eat after 7pm, and if I exercised.
Thursday - Making sure I have everything ready for homeschool co-op tomorrow. Today I am going to focus on cleaning the boys room and dining room. All that school clutter needs to find a place. FYI I do not have a school room, MISS G. prefers the dining room table. All our books are kept in the adjoining living room, which has 7 FULL bookcases. I have stacks of books on the floor, waiting to find a place. This is defiantly a problem I need to solve if I want to be more organized. I spend a frantic hour last night looking for co-op material, which I found in a Trader Joe's bag containing next weeks school books.
Friday - First day of homeschool co-op, followed by a special lunch, and then go to work at the bookstore for a 5 hour shift. Not even laundry will be done today, hopefully I will have enough energy to help my husband fix up our coat/shoe area on Saturday before I leave for work.
Looking back I feel a little disappointed not getting more done, which is the way I usually feel, and not very helpful feeling I might add. Time just seems to slip through my fingers. I know God will give me the strength to plow on through this year of hard work and send me the wisdom to simplify my life to make more room for Him and His plans. It will probably take us until next summer to get to an acceptable level of organization. Focusing on what I have gotten done makes me see the progress. However, there is no use in organizing if I do not train everyone else as well. It is really disheartening to see my shiny sink filled with dishes and stains, and piles all ready accumulating on my desk.
This is not the before picture or the after picture. Rather, it is the after, after picture, the following Monday after I shined my sink on my SOS Monday morning. It does not really show the stains well, but believe me they are there. Sigh. Instead of giving up, I am going to look at what is causing the problems and solve them.
There is no way one person can do all the work. It does start with me, I need to just do it, set the example, and pray for God to equip us and change our hearts.
Here on some next stops on my organizing mission:
- My Sink
- My Mornings
- Chores -training the children and keeping my husband and myself focused
- Clutter buster while constructing order
- Meals Planned
- Papers, Communication & Calendar - e-mail is my Achilles heel
- Refreshment - more time with the Lord and exercise