Today was the first day I didn’t feel like whining, as I got “dressed to shoes.” I always thought I could get dressed and ready pretty quick, but having everything laid out the night before makes it super easy. No thinking required.
I had a load of laundry ready to go, first thing this morning. I did my Zone 2, detail cleaning: counters all wiped down, including behind the microwave, etc. When I started out this week, I couldn’t even FIND my counters. We don’t have a big kitchen, but we have a ton of counter space. Unfortunately, it was piled up with EVERYTHING. Dishes, junk mail, broken gadgets, boxes of cereal…you name it! We were only using a tiny section of counter to prepare our meals on. But, I’ve been setting a 15-minute alarm, and decluttering for the last four days. Nothing major. I swear; it didn’t take that many sessions each day and I had a REAL MESS on my hands. Anyways, I have my counters back! My sink has been staying clean, though I forgot to wipe it down before I took this pic. I’ve been spritzing it down each night before I get ready for bed.
I work a lot of hours outside of my home. I’ve always had excuses why I couldn’t have a clean home or get my house in order, but by working in baby steps, setting a 15-minute alarm, even I can do this.
I’ve been taking this 15 minute rule, and using it in other areas of my life, including my writing. I’ve been crazy BUSY! I’m trying to get ready for the holidays. We have a manager out on leave at work, broken foot, so I’ve been chipping in, helping to cover the gaps in the schedule. We have some sort of cold/flu bug making the rounds at my job as well, and there’s been a couple of call-offs that I’m covering. Work! Work! Work! I should be a stressed out disaster by now! In the past, I probably would have been. Too many things hit me in too many days. I should be in tears!!! But, I’ve been breaking tasks down, 15 minutes at a time. At this point, that’s really all I can handle. I write down the tasks I need to accomplish, and concentrate on what I can get done in 15 minutes. I can’t believe how much this helps. Even with my writing, I’m trying to fit NaNo into all of this. I set a timer, and concentrate on what I can write in 15 minutes. If I’m still feeling good, getting a nice flow, I set the timer again. I only write for 45 minutes, tops. That’s 3 sessions; after that, I take a 15 minute break. Stand up. Walk around. Get myself a cup of coffee or tea, depending on the time of day. Any writing I do is better than making excuses. I probably would have given up on NaNo otherwise. You’d be surprised how many words can be written in just ONE 15 minute session! Even if I only squeeze in one session, that’s still better than doing NO writing at all.
I’ve also been taking time for ME each day. Again, even if it’s only 15 minutes of doing something that’s gong to nurture me and my spirit, that’s HUGE! It’s so easy to neglect yourself when you’re feeling stressed. It’s incredibly hard for me to say, “no.”
It’s not easy for me to share my issues with clutter. There’s a great deal of shame involved. But, I want to continue post to my adventures in taking my “baby steps.” If any of my wonderful blogging buddies are in the same boat, know that you are not alone.
Take care and have a wonderful day!