YIPPEE! A DAY AT HOME
I didn't get called in to sub today, as I just returned from an out-of-town funeral. So, I'll finally have a "free" day to clean up. I just have to discipline myself enough to get going, and stay off the computer long enough to clear out the backlog of junk.
If you haven't done so, check out the FlyLady web site. It's probably done the most to move me from apathetic and disorganized to beginning to get on top of the mountain of chaos I'd managed to surround myself with.
They have an easy-to-follow program for control, an email daily reminder list that really helps, and various resources that are nifty. I don't use their famous feather duster, but that's because I have a MAJOR feather allergy.
The program divides your home into zones that you concentrate on each week. By focusing on a single area, and doing minimal cleaning otherwise, you gradually make progress. This week's zone is the Master Bedroom.
Some thoughts from the site:
many of us have the same fundamental problems: we don't pick up after ourselves, we don't get dressed unless we have to, and we procrastinate
That was me. I still tend to fall into that pattern of behavior, and it really helps to have the daily reminders. When an occasional crisis hits, like a death in the family, I can always do what I did - hit the delete key on the messages, and don't even read them until my life calms down again. Then, when I am ready, I just pick up the routine again.
Funny thing, even though I deliberately took myself off the daily readings, I had clearly built some routines. Every day, I took care of things that 6 months or a year ago, I would have left undone. Over time, I have developed some good house habits.