Wednesday, September 19, 2012


On Tuesday night during football practice I took my handy dandy weekly calendar and made myself a weekly schedule. I picked this calendar/pad of paper up at Michaels a year or 2 ago and it's perfect if you have a schedule that changes a lot or you have a lot of kids activities. Write out a week, then toss it when you're done.

Anyway, I filled in things like saxophone and piano lessons, football practice, picking up the kids at school, bowling, coffee with the girls, and when I volunteer in #2's class. The static stuff that happens every week. I also added time to eat. (Seriously. I won't eat breakfast if I don't schedule it.) I was then able to see where I could plug in certain activities. I added hours for writing, paying bills, laundry, cleaning bathrooms, mopping, dusting. I didn't get more detailed than that so that if I dusted downstairs one week, I could do upstairs the next, that sort of thing. The amazing thing is that I still have a bunch of empty time! My plan in to have a list of tasks that need to be done and in the open times cross something off the list. That could include cleaning the laundry room, cleaning out a drawer or closet, getting rid of stuff, painting, whatever. <-Read: finish the bathroom!

The best part is that I started today. I went to coffee with my friends as usual. When I got home a little before 11 I started on my list, which included cleaning all 3 bathrooms and paying bills. I was done at about one just like I had planned then sat down to eat and watch Days. After I ate, I folded a load of laundry, and then I was mostly done with the list! I saved the bulk of each afternoon (after 2:30 or so,) for making dinner and helping with homework. I took a cat nap for about 20 minutes and then even got ahead on ironing.... you know, that pile that keeps growing on my ironing board that no one but me seems to see? Yeah, it's right in the middle of the room. Ahem.

So, while if you were to walk in my house right now, you still might think it's a mess, but give me a week or so and I'll have it dialed in! Well, that's the hope anyway.

Headless Mom


Just Margaret said...

Girl, I could use some of that right about now--your motivation, that is--because my house is definitely at loose ends.

Keep it up!! The bathroom will be done in no time :)

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

I would be lost without my list, seriously, and now that I have GPS on my phone, there really shouldn't be an excuse...dammit ;) You are a multi-tasking machine, my friend!!!

Ann W. said...

Thanks for sharing the "how to"...sometimes THAT is the biggest hurdle to my starting ANYTHING. I sometimes long for those morning hours for chores, but early afternoon will work too! Thanks for the proverbial "kick in the pants"!

kyooty said...

I find a written list so much better than a digital/electronic list. I need though it seems to get to Michael's.