Thursday, 11 October 2012

more organized mom..

Yesterday I decided enough, was enough.

After giving up work in June I'm yet to get organised and find my feet. I haven't managed to find a new rhythm, something to carry me through the week with an element of predictability, a framework within which to work. 

Of course the kids are now back in school and the littlest one has finally started his "full time" hours. They still have certain things on different days, but there's been nothing to ground me at home. No constants. 

I came across this image on Pinterest which sums me up well: 

I might dislike the restrictions of a routine, rail against the "Ohhhhhh look what I have to do today" feeling some mornings, but actually, I function better within it. 

I'm the kind of person that swings on her chair for a while, saves it all up and attacks it in one giant, sweary, chaotic go. Always have been. I work better that way really, but actually, for everyday kind of stuff, that doesn't necessarily work all that well. Not when I'm meant to be looking after a husband, 2 kids, a dog and an aging cat as well as just me.

So anyway, yesterday, enough was enough.

I pulled my finger out, wrote a huge list and got on with it.

Oh I was ON FIRE. I got loads sorted - I, in no particular order:
    Picked the blackberries and raspberries in the garden

    Did 2 school runs

    Booked Little One's birthday party

    Cleaned the kitchen

      Walked the dog - complete with a teeny tiny run in the middle - first in ages
        Cleaned the lounge and dining room
          Hoovered/swept/mopped the downstairs
            Made carrot cake (complete with icing carrots as requested by the Littlest One)

            Swish and swiped all the bathrooms
              Washed the manky fleeces that protect the back seat in my car from the mucky kids
                Half an hour of ironing
                  Ordered Littlest One's iPod for him using his b'day money

                  Did monthly flea treatment on both pets

                    Meal planned till half term
                      Sorted out for Bin day

                      Made homemade fishcakes 

                      Put a heap of stuff in the garage

                      Painted my nails
                      Cleared up the kitchen AT LEAST three times
                        Filled up the dog food container from the big bag lurking in the garage
                          Made berry & apple crumble
                            Homework and reading with the kids
                              Did a bit of crockpot freezer bag menu research  just need to clear the freezers now.

                              See how on fire I was?? Amazeballs. 

                              And most importantly I planned out a new weekly routine using this gorgeous free planner from

                              So far today I've drunk coffee and tea and faffed about on my laptop.

                              Maybe I haven't changed so much just yet..


                                1. I doubt there is much left for you to do after yesterday's achievement!

                                2. Love it...I'm a routine girl as well although I am currently suffocating under the weight of my job lists :-S Might have to nab that planner too ;-)

                                  1. It's very pretty! I've just used it for generalising what sort of things will happen on what day and reminders of weekly stuff.

                                  2. That's exactly what I need -I put it all on the calendar and have reminders binging on my phone (which largely go ignored as it bings so often!) but it would be useful to have an overview of all the rolling jobs/events!

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