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.
I hate to sound so cliché, but can you believe how fast this year has flown?
I still remember writing this post about taking a break between Christmas 2015 and Jan 31st, 2016 which resulted in some serious reflection about how I wanted this past year to go. My goal for 2016 was to make it a more mindful one. Specifically, I didn’t want another year to fly by without being able to recollect anything meaningful I had done. In the past, I had consumed myself with work, deadlines and ‘have to dos’ that I rarely took the time to really pause and think about a specific moment that meant something to me. I had decided to adopt basic and simple approaches to various areas of my life and ‘cutting out the fat’ that did nothing but suck up my time and added absolutely no value. I made a conscious effort to document my days, not just with tasks, appointments and cleaning schedules, but to take time either throughout the day or before bed time to reflect on anything that had happened of note and record it either in my planner or journal.
As I sit here writing this, I have in front of me a full set of my completely filled 2016 planner inserts, journal and notebook I had used throughout the year. After perusing through them all, a smile spread across my face as things I would’ve most like had forgotten at this point were quickly brought back to mind. Some good, some not so good – but that’s okay. Life is a mixed bag. Even looking back on frustrating and stressful moments, I’ve learned to find the hidden gems within, the test of my ability to muddle through and handle them. It showed me how much more I’m made of.
Okay, enough babble. Here are some highlights of The Weekend Wife’s 2016! (warning – LOTS of links and photos ahead!)
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 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 »