Friday, May 22, 2015

Why now?

Some of you may know that I've been trying to simplify and minimize for quite a while now. I've tried a number of different methods, and I've made great progress. I've also fallen back a number of times. I've never gotten to a complete "clean slate." Why do I think this time will be different?

Well, it has to be.

Marie Kondo explains in her book why other methods fail, and why hers works. It makes sense. She's a little over the top with her relationship with items. But she makes a lot of good points about how and when items serve their purpose, and more importantly, what to do with them after they have accomplished that purpose.

I work good with deadlines, and I have a pretty big deadline coming up. I've been accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program for this fall. At orientation last week the program director basically said "I own you. This is your life. Say goodbye to your friends." She wasn't quite so formidable about it, but the main point was clear: The program is intense and will take a lot of my time and energy. I want to be able to give the time and energy I do have to my home and family. I don't want to spend a majority of that time cleaning and organizing.

There are a lot of other goals I've had in mind to work on this summer, but I've decided to put them on the back burner. I am shopping more locally, and eating healthier, but I'm not making that my main focus right now. As I've thought about all the things I want to accomplish and learn about, I've realized I can't do them all at once, and I've realized I can't do them well with a cluttered house. They say a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. I believe it. I feel the effects of my disorganization. I need to get it under control, and I need to do it before September.

Do deadlines motivate you? If not, what does?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Describe the life you want

I downloaded yet another book about decluttering this morning. Because obviously the secret to getting my life together is sitting around reading books about getting my life together. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. 

Task #1: Describe the life you want. In detail.

Coming up with this list was actually easier than I thought. I just went chronological through what I wished a typical day would look like. 
  • I want to wake up in the morning to a clean house
  • I want everyone to be able to get dressed in one swoop, without having to dig for clean, matching clothes.
  • I want to feed my family some sort of quick, healthy, pre-made breakfast.
  • I want my children to clean up after themselves.
  • I want to have lunches ready to go the night before.
  • I want to get everyone out the door with plenty of time to spare.
  • I don't want to be responsible for all of the critters every morning. 
  • I want to get in a clean, reliable car and go to work/school.
  • I want my brain to be able to focus during the day. 
  • I want to eat a lunch that I brought from home, that is not PB&J.
  • I want to come home to a clean house and put my pre-planned dinner together and into the oven and then spend time with the kids while it's cooking. 
  • I want to fly kites with the kids.
  • I want my husband to be happy to come home. 
  • I want to clean up quickly after dinner. 
  • I want to spend time with the kids after dinner, and then put them to bed at 7:30 every night.
  • I want to spend time with my husband after the kids go to bed.
  • I want to go to bed at a reasonable time. 
Sheesh. That's quite a list of just the logistics of the day. She also wants me to go into greater detail about things such as: 
  • I want my furniture to match
  • I want my bedroom to be a sanctuary where everything matches.
  • I want my home to be peaceful and smell nice. 
  • I want the kids' room to stay clean for more than 5 minutes!
  • I want to be able to put together weekly menus and stick to them. 
  • I want to spend more time outside. 
  • I want to read more without feeling guilty.
  • I want to get my homework done before 11pm. 
So that's it. No big deal. 

Step #1 is to explain WHY I want these things? 
  • I want less stress in my life.
  • I want happy, healthy relationships with my family. 
  • I want to do well in school.
  • I want to keep my family healthy. 
  • I want our finances to be stable. 
  • I want to be happy.
There it is. 
What would your answers look like? 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summertime and the living's easy

I've never been so happy for summer to come. Well, not since I was a high school student. I finished my spring semester two days ago, and I'm taking the summer off before starting my nursing program in the fall. Can I just say that I'm over the moon excited?! Every once in a while I just can't contain how excited I am about becoming a nurse. Whatever form it takes. I've heard many say "Don't get your heart set on one area of nursing... you might get disappointed." But a friend said it differently. She said "Keep your options open. You may change your mind on the field you want." She had left the childcare field and went to nursing school with the plan of working in pediatrics, but fell in love with oncology. My original, and current, plan is to work in obstetrics and become some sort of prenatal educator. I often feel that will lead me to a degree in midwifery. But maybe not. I'm also starting to enjoy the world of nutrition. 

So on to the summer... This is the first summer I can remember where I'm not working and/or schooling a combination of full time hours. I'm extremely excited about hanging out with my kids this summer. Yesterday we flew kites.