In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Quilt

Q is for Quilt.   I recently received a big bag of fabric scrapes.   They are a wide range of colors and many have cartoon characters.   I am not a person who sews.   I helped my mom make a bed spread and some pajamas growing up.   Since then I have made a bean bag and small cloth bag.  

I am hoping to make use of the material.  Even if the projects turn out horrible, at least it will give me practice.  Many kids accept imperfections better than adults so I should be okay.   Who knows I may even make a quilt?   Probably not, but it’s the A to Z challenge and Q is a difficult level.

NOW I’m off to make coffee and pick up.   Anyone else relatively new to the crafting world?

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Pick Up

P is for pick up.  I will be starting to do that after I write this and my Q post.   Well, honestly first I will make coffee.   I vacuumed last week, but did a really hurried pick up so the counters and tables and floor are too cluttered.   I don’t mind the task, but I tend to get easily distracted.  I will put one thing away and then start cleaning a different area.  I will straight or organize an area I wasn’t planning on.   I might take time to reminisce and look at books or photos.   I do the best when I can force myself to stick to small visual spaces.  

  • Clean up stuff on big chair
  • Clean up behind chair
  • Clean up coffee table
  • Clean under coffee table

If I can stick to those objective steps and stay on task, I am much more motivated and see progress faster.   Now to find ways to get the kids to help me more.  I am trying to get them in charge of cleaning up a small section of the house that is primarily used for their toys.   Clean up this room before we do __________.  They want me to help them and I am trying to do less and direct more.  If you have any tips or blog posted related to kids cleaning up, I’d love to hear about it. 

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Ordinary

O is for Ordinary.  I have begun to appreciate the ordinary.  I used to hate when I had nothing to do on a Friday or Saturday night.   I would get antsy and feel unwanted.  Now I am finding comfort in the mundane.  Catching up on chores and tv shows with my husband and a glass of wine seems like a perfectly acceptable way to use an evening or a weekend. 

It may be because I’ve learned the value of the simple things.  It may be that I am tired and stressed and the down time is needed to survive.  It may be that I’ve stopped trying to live up to some standard or trying to impress someone.  Either way, I’m okay with it as long as I don’t miss out on too many opportunities.  I’d hate to find that I pass up opportunities to be with friends or travel and completely eliminate those aspects of my life because its easier to lay on the couch.

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Neat

N is for Neat.     I try to keep things in order and neat, but it’s so easy to let the mess creep in.  My binder for work is an example.  It is filled with papers.   I have the basic organization planned.  I have tabs for frequently used papers.  I am in the process of refilling documents that I have given to families or co-workers.  I have to remember to take out the ones that I am not using as much as I thought I would.  I also need to put away papers that shouldn’t be there in the first place, but it was a quick spot to put it.

Quick post so that I can hopefully spend more time actually cleaning than writing about it.

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Mess

M is for Mess. . .which is what happens when you “Let it go”.   I took off some time to spend with family and friends this weekend.  I am SOO glad I did, but it leaves me with a MESS.   I have an early morning and a long day on Thursday.  Trying to figure out how much I can get done without draining my energy for the remainder of the week.  I did get groceries and the dishwasher is currently running, but there is more to do.   Cause and effect.  I work less—I get less done. 

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Let it Go

Let it Go felt like an appropriate “L” word.  I have listened it while cleaning several times thanks to my  young children :-)  I’m also working letting go of what I can’t control or when I made a different choice.  For example, this weekend I had a lovely social and family weekend.  No school work got done.  Minimal cleaning was done.  I’m choosing to “let it go” and be okay with my choice. 

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Kick start

I am ready to kick start my day.   I love weekend mornings.  I love having the flexibility to relax and start getting tasks done.  I love having a loose deadline of tasks I want to complete before lunch or before going to the gym. 

I also love that moment where I am kick started into a cleaning burst.   I feel productive and motivated.  The time goes quickly and I move from one task to a next cleaning and organizing.  Unfortunately,   I don’t know how to start those bursts.  I’ve learned know that I can’t schedule them because I often loose endurance and often don’t get as much as I’ve hoped done.

I’m off to make coffee and French Toast.  Then I will start cleaning the house before a birthday party.   Enjoy your day!

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Jam

J is for Jam.   One of my favorite family activities this past year was picking apples and strawberries.   We went out two separate days and picked the different fruits.  The girls loved being outside and were (mostly) helpful gathering the fruit.  They enjoyed eating it that day and we used it to make some recipes.   What seemed like a huge pile of fruit, quickly disappeared.   Strawberries went on cereal and ice cream.  They were used as a snack and as a side dish to a meal.  The apples were cut and served with caramel, cooked into muffins, and made into applesauce.

 I’m hoping to do the same outing this year.  I hope to find more ways to preserve the fruit so that it can be used throughout the year.  I have no idea if financially it was smart, but there is sense of pride eating something when you remember the experience: the sun shining, squatting between the rows, searching for the perfect fruit, riding the wagon, taking picture, and watching my daughters be lifted to reach the fruit at the top of the tree.

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Introspection

I is for Introspection.  I have been listening to music and just thinking.  Reflecting, singing, remembering, crying, and wishing. My thoughts and feelings and emotions bouncing in every direction and topic. It’s hard to know the impact these moments have or if they are productive.   At times, they feel like on a verge of a personal break through or healing.  At other times, it feels like there are so many emotions wrapped in one place and it is overwhelming.  Right now, I’m trying to not over think and just let the release happen.  Not worry about what it means or try to control it.  Eventually, I will have to sleep though :-)

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Heavy

H is for heavy.   H was one of the first letters that I had to really think of to come up with a topic I liked.   Home or heart seemed like a natural H word for an organizing blog, but I didn’t have much to say about either of those topics at the moment.

I picked heavy because I am trying to downsize in my life.   Most literally, I am trying to lighten the load that I am carrying in my work bag that I carry every day to work.  Today I carried my bag 10 different times.  Since I am going in and out of my car and buildings several times a day, the weight of my bag can cause pain or discomfort.  I want to have what I need available, but I often don’t know what that will be.   I try to keep some go to forms, handouts, and materials with me.  There is a slippery slow with having the basics with and having everything I may need “someday” in my bag.

I am also trying to downsize the areas of my life where the clutter feels heavy.  Those moments where I spend scrambling past items that I don’t use to get to the few items I use on a regular basis.   Those areas of my house that weigh me down instead of energizing me.

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