If you read my post detailing my 2017 Plan For Mindful Living, I listed four areas of my life I wanted to concentrate on cultivating and growing in a simplified, yet meaningful way: Home, Health, Family, Personal. I stated I would dedicate posts detailing how I would aim to achieve these goals. Today, I’m going to concentrate on Home.
There was a time when I was at the height of my part-time bookkeeping business, juggling about a dozen monthly remote clients while also working a full time job where certain things had to take the back burner. One of those things was the house cleaning. Even though I’ve cut my client list down, the last thing I wanted to do with a free Saturday or Sunday was clean the house. I needed to implement some type of schedule to spread it out over the course of the week. .
I think I have gotten either less spontaneous or too anal (in a detailed way!) as the years have gone by. However, my idea of spontaneity is hub and I getting an 8pm craving, throwing coats on over our jammies and heading to Carvel. It certainly isn’t deciding what to bring for breakfast and lunch to work as well as what to make for dinner that evening as I’m pretty much ready to head out the door for the office. That usually resulted in either a hastily thrown-together meal, leftover appetizers from New Year’s Eve or take-out. I needed to consider a weekly plan. Here’s what I came up with.
I began writing this post on 3/14/16 – a full week prior to the official first day of spring. Though I’m certainly not complaining, where the heck did winter go?? But being in the nor’east means I’m not immune to Mother Nature’s cruel personality disorder as March 21st isn’t technically the end of the ‘white stuff’. I remember my mom bundling me up and dragging me to my sister’s house after my oldest nephew was born mid-April during a snowstorm back in the 70’s.
I may not be ready to break out the planters, landscape fencing, mulch and picnic table umbrella, but after finally taking down the Christmas lights yesterday ( before we became the scourge of the neighborhood) and finally getting over a chest cold that had lingered since early February, I’m ready (and so are my hostas below!) to begin prepping my home and yard (and me!) for outdoor weather.
Time to wrap this puppy up. Fourth and final week of purging unnecessary, unused and broken stuff and junk from the house. Completing this has been an absolute joy, especially as we head into winter here. It’ll make spring cleaning a whole lot easier. Then again – maybe I won’t have to!!
While on vacation, I brought along the book ‘Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukoup that I had purchased at Target months ago, but never got around to reading it. I shoved it in my carry-on and pulled it out as soon as I was situated and seat-belted on my flight. On the 2.5 hour flight from CT to FL, I furiously underlined, asterisked and noted all of the inspiring goodness of this absolutely wonderful book. As someone who loathes clutter (and loves discovering budget-friendly and frugal ways) I really….I mean REALLY related to this book.
I’m sure this isn’t a household hack worthy of some kind of productivity award, but it quickly came to me last week when I was folding laundry.
It’s just hub and myself so there’s three different types of laundry in the hamper:
- My clothes
- His clothes
I used to pull everything out of the dryer, fold and stack in a big, white laundry basket that stays on top of the dryer. Then, when it’s finally stacked so high with folded clothes that rolled up socks are toppling off and into the trash pail on the side of the dryer, I put everything away. I hoist the basket and carry it length-wise so I can fit through the narrow entry way from the mudroom to the kitchen, down the hall and plop it on the bed. Then, since our stuff is mixed together, that’s where the real fun begins. /sarcasm/Read More »
For the last three weeks, I’ve been dedicating Sunday afternoon to ‘cooking-palooza’ – whipping up 4-5 supper dishes and even a dessert or two. No, I don’t have a family of five – just hub and I. But with the warm weather finally here, the last thing I want to do when I come home after working 8-5 is cook. I want to get changed and churn out a 3.5 – 4 mile power walk without having to rush it in order to come back home and start whipping out pots and pans. I want to water my plants, pull weeds or just crash on the couch with a cool drink until it’s time for supper. Yes, it takes a lot of work and careful planning, standing for 5-6 hours on my feet in the kitchen is worth five days of not having to do anything except fill up a dish and pop it in the microwave.