This is a big transition time for us – it’s Alex’s first day of kindergarten, and my first day of not going to an office to work. We now have to work out a new daily routine – and I need to work out a new routine for myself. I operate best when I have some kind of rhythm to my life, so I look forward to establishing a new one – one that’s not so chaotic, but more relaxed and focused on the things that are really important to me.
I realize that it’s going to take some time for me to get to that place. For one thing, in getting ready for my last day of work, I utterly neglected much of my regular upkeep at home. I have a huge stack of papers that need to be filed, bags and boxes of stuff that used to be in my office that now need a new home, and tons of stuff that need to be donated. My to-do list is more than a mile long.
So for this week, I am going to skip the weekly starter drugstore deals. For Walgreens, I’ll direct you to Wild for Wags, who has a great moneymaker scenario that I wouldn’t have come up with myself (Christie’s obviously a Wags expert!).
I’m thinking of joining in with I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Mondays. Because of my work schedule, it used to be that I would start my weekly menus on Fridays, but now I think the Monday-Sunday thing might work out for me. And regardless of whether I’m posting my menus, you can definitely look forward to a lot more recipes and food posts since I plan on spending a lot of my time home in the kitchen.
A few months ago, I’d gotten into the FlyLady routine, but about a month after that, things got incredibly crazy and stressful at work and I got out of the routine. (And yes, that stress definitely contributed to my decision to quit!) Now I’m going back to reading the daily emails and cleaning slowly but surely, because as my favorite quote from her goes (and I’ll have to paraphrase because I don’t have it right in front of me), Housekeeping done imperfectly still blesses.
But, it’s important that I be kind to myself during this transition process. Driving myself nuts trying to do everything all at once isn’t going to help anybody. My plan is to have a manageable to-do list every day, with one major non-immediate task (sorting, cleaning, etc.) and something of a daily routine – exercise, laundry, dinner prep, and so on. I’m hoping to get on some kind of freezer-cooking day schedule, a cleaning routine that adapts FlyLady’s system to work for me, and of course, a blogging schedule that works for you and me.
So, as I work things out during this transition period, I’d love for you to tell me what you like or don’t like around here, what you’d like to see more or less of, and so on. I can’t satisfy everyone, but I’ll do my best – for example, I get mixed reports on the Morning Coffee posts. Some readers love them and some say they’d rather have me post less frequently but more thoughtfully. What I’ve tried to do in the last few months is keep the Morning Coffee but write more thoughtful posts as well, to hopefully make as many people as possible happy