Have you ever felt as if you were going to lose your mind?!? Your house is a mess. Your water got turned off because the check you wrote is still in the checkbook. (That hasn’t actually happened lately but it use to all the time, before you could pay online!!) You go to open the trunk of your car to put your groceries in and a basketball, a McDonald’s cup, and a shoe all fall out! You are late to everything. You can’t remember anything. Your schedule is so full that you don’t even have time to shower and your kids have to be 5 places at once!!!
Yea that’s me at least once a month.
As I mentioned in my previous post Priorities…I am currently working on getting those situated also.
I am usually an organized person but being organized takes a lot of work and maintenance and there are days that I just completely don’t want to do anything and I proceed to have a Netflix marathon.
Sometimes these days are only one or two but then, there are those times when I don’t even think about picking being responsible for at least a week, which is usually all it takes for the scenario described above.
I have often said that I am domestically bi-polar. You can come visit me at my house one day and everything will be nice and tidy. All the laundry is done and put away, not a trace of dust in sight, and everything smells fresh. Dinner is in the oven and I am looking cute… and then there are those days you might walk in and think “what is that smell?” You can’t decide if it is the trash that my little dog tore up in the kitchen, the old fast food containers on the coffee table, or if, by my appearance, it is me.
I sometimes think that this way of life is the way to go…until I am completely overwhelmed and want to cry…and that is exactly where I am at!
The best start for me is to make a list of things I need to do. I like to call this list my “Getting My Life Together List”
Here is where I add all of those things that I need to do immediately…pay water bill, get plastic dinner ware for my son’s party, and make my husband a hair appointment, take my anxiety medication, clean my car out and so on.
This helps me gather all of my thoughts to where I don’t feel so overwhelmed and then I am not waking up in the middle of the night thinking “OH NO! Wasn’t I suppose to send something to school with my kids”
I noticed that a lot of my “to do” list was house stuff so I made a separate list for that and I call it my “Getting My House in Order” list
This list includes everything that I could possibly think of that makes my house feel clean to me. I started this list when I had a housekeeper to give her an idea of what I wanted done. It is not enough to just do the things on my list; they must be done in order. For example, if you dusted the ceiling fan after you washed the bedding and put it back on your bed…well let’s just say that would be a tragedy.
My next list is my “I need it right now” list.
As I am cleaning house, I always come across household things that I need and I try to jot them down as I go or I will never remember, and there is nothing worse than to be getting ready to go somewhere and realize you are out of deodorant! These t hings usually include toilet paper, tooth paste, laundry soap and so on. I also keep a grocery list handy to jot down the things that I think of off the top of my head but I make most of my grocery list after I have done a meal plan.
My last list is my cheat list for my favorite homemade cleaners. I can never remember what goes in what and how much so I keep this to remind me.
So there you have it my 5 lists that help me get my life back together. I keep these in a cute little notebook in my laundry room. I laminated them (all but the grocery list) so that I can write on them with a dry erase marker. I put several copies of the grocery or “I need it right now” list, and just tear them out when I go to the store. Click here for a free copy to help get your life together…GET MY LIFE TOGETHER NOTEBOOK