I had big plans for April.
It was supposed to be my get-some-major-writing-projects-done-so-I’ll-be-ready-for-the-loosi-goosiness-of-summer month.
I planned to hole up in my house and accomplish big things.
But then, my daughter decided she wanted to have a birthday party.
Let me explain.
I was well aware her birthday was approaching.
I knew it was her year to have a party. (We only do friend parties every other year.)
However . . . she had been saying she wanted to hold off until summer so she could have a swimming party at our local pool.
Then she changed her mind. As almost-7-year-old girls tend to do. It was just too exciting to NOT have her party with all of her friends on her actual birthday, especially since her birthday falls on a SATURDAY this year.
So . . . I’m doing Project Home Recovery this week.
Since I’ve spent the past two weeks successfully ignoring my home in the name of blog-conference-attending and Easter-drama-directing, it’s
probably definitely a good thing that I have a Doorbell Deadline this Saturday.
The whole house looks like something exploded, and I also have to deal with some spaces I sometimes don’t worry about.
Like my daughter’s room. And our playroom. And the backyard.
Yep. I have a lot to do. But I’m a little less overwhelmed than I was in these situations pre-blog. First of all, I’m not dealing with Clutter Overload like I was before.
And I have a plan. I’m going to do my Daily Checklist every day and my Weekly House Cleaning Tasks on their assigned days.
Each day, I’ll also work on one of the extra spaces.
Here’s how Day One went:
Around 9 a.m. I set the timer on my oven for two hours. My goal was to finish my daily/weekly tasks in those two hours and then spend another chunk of time working on a project.
Two hours is longer than those tasks would take on a non-disaster-recovery week.
Just so you know, I emptied the dishwasher from the before picture, refilled it, ran it, and still had the overflowing sink-full of dishes.
I questioned the point of wiping down counters when the sink was that full, but determined that I needed to do each task as thoroughly as possible to gain momentum for the week.
Then, I swept the kitchen. It seemed like a pointless task in the face of the overall state of our home, but it achieved its purpose in my routine. Because I swept, I also gathered up Sunday’s newspapers, Hubby’s workout clothes, and multiple pairs of shoes and moved them to their proper homes.
Next, I needed to clear the dining room table. Should have been a simple task, but it wasn’t:
Again, not perfect, but I’m setting myself up for progress this week. I’m peeling back those layers. (And that pink shirt wasn’t done drying yet!)
I did dishes and swept and cleared(ish) the dining room table. Those are daily tasks.
But then there are weekly tasks, which are also important for taking/keeping a home out of Disaster Status.
And today was Monday.
Monday is Laundry Day.
In addition to staying on top of laundry today . . . I had to make up for pretending Laundry Day didn’t exist last week. (And maybe the week before.)
Hubby had been keeping us in clean undies and socks and I am incredibly grateful for his help, but he hasn’t yet adopted my world-rocking new method of folding and putting clothes away immediately.
So the last 30 minutes of my morning was spent doing what needed to be done to completely finish Laundry Day so I can move on with the rest of my week without that hanging over my head.
I unearthed the loveseat:
My two hour timer went off before I was finished, but I was determined to fold and put away every last sock!
And then, though it seemed futile, I set the timer for another five minutes and did a Five Minute Pick-Up in the living room.
The picture doesn’t show much difference, but it really did look significantly better after only five minutes:
It’s now 8:36 and the last load of laundry is in the washing machine. The dishwasher is running for the third time today, and my daughter and I spent 40 minutes working on/excavating her room.
In weeks like this, I need focus. Daily Checklists and Weekly Tasks give me that focus.
Stay tuned this week as I report each day on my Project Home Recovery progress!
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