April 7/18: From the first day of school in September 2017, I have been working in Hamilton every day, driving an hour each way, to and from work in a school bus. About two days per week, I drive home during the day between runs, and the rest of the days, I stay in Hamilton and find things to do. From the time I pretrip my bus to the time I get home at the end of the day is about eleven hours! Whether I stay in Hamilton or come home, it's exhausting and really doesn't leave me much time or energy to get anything done around the house. Sometimes, I do ok with bringing a bag or box of things to sort through while between runs. I've done fairly well with working on my schoolwork and/or crafts while I'm away! I'm highly motivated to not ever have to go shopping after hours as I have plenty of time for planning meals and shopping in the city. Of course, theory and reality are not always one in the same, but I'm getting better at it with practice! I'm finally making the most household progress by trying to focus on one specific room, each weekend or holiday. All that and trying to catch up on quality family time too, of course! :D
Something else that I've been trying to balance is the environmental impact we have while I'm cleaning and purging. I tend to have more recycling every week than garbage, so that is a good start! I find we have a lot of natural fibre "waste" that isn't recyclable and might not be suitable for compost. I was super excited to learn that our garbage was to be sent for incineration to produce electricity, but then my excitement died when I learned that the incineration project was destroyed by the government and everything that was going to the curb was still just going to landfill. What to do?! :( It would be so awesome to have a wood stove again, or our beloved "Furnie", the outdoor wood furnace. The government and insurance companies don't like those options, either. We do live out in the country where we're able to have occasional bon fires. It finally occurred to me, I can burn these items while having nice family bon fires! Entertainment without electricity or extra cost AND reducing our landfill contributions! The only thing left to wonder is why I didn't think of this sooner!!!
February 3, 2017 · Conquering the chaos... I have been struggling with clutter for most of my adult life (I was never really a neat kid, either).
Checking pinterest first to remind me of how an organized home should look. even a busy home can be organized - and needs to be to maintain some element of sanity.
January 16, 2017 · Overcoming the overwhelming. I don't think I qualify for a show like Hoarders, but it's amazing that we've downsized to ONLY what fits in a mini van and a pick up truck, including the four of us and a cat, and then still end up with more than we can manage, in less than one year! THAT was four years ago! It's gotten worse! I have so much to do, I can barely sleep at night. Time for a fix. My work is so emotionally draining, it leaves me depleted.... Just like the Flylady says, "Baby Steps!"
Finally making some serious progress!!!
Usually, I need a nap just to get through my "two hour" work day. :( Not today! I've been up since 3ish, and still going strong! Hoping to sleep well tonight! I was going to try to get out for a couple of walks today, but instead, I found myself some serious cardiac-intense cleaning to do! My biggest thrill, I got the bottom shelf of the fridge cleaned and organized! I don't like to be wasteful, so where the perishable food is, has to come as a first priority. Just getting that much done, already empowers for the next step, but first, back to work...
December 17, 2016 · I love pinterest for organizational ideas, but often, getting organized means going out and buying more stuff; bins, baskets, hampers, etc... I don't want more stuff, I don't want to spend more money... so... I started with one pantry shelf and used a clear plastic storage container that I already have, plus some clear jars, a take out container, and am pretty happy with the result. I just did a major shopping trip so the cupboards are unusually full - hoping that it will get us through the next couple of weeks as line ups just get longer and longer and the weather doesn't always cooperate.