It has been a great couple of weeks for getting back into our routine! I felt much more organized and less chaotic, and I was able to accomplish quite a bit. The kids did great getting back into their schoolwork, and I think we found some strategies for JD that will help him focus better on what he needs to accomplish each day.
These couple of weeks, I have accomplished quite a few things that I probably should have had on my initial “goal” list for the week, like getting caught up on laundry after the holidays. That was a major feat, if I do say so myself, considering that my two laundry days every week usually see me getting 10-12 loads of laundry done, and that no longer includes JD, who does his own 1-2 loads of laundry every week! Also not on my list but needing to be done were JD and Mini-Me’s new chore charts. Their chore schedules needed to be changed just slightly – particularly JD’s, to better fit with his basketball schedule.
I also got one kitchen cupboard organized, which included tossing out a bunch of storage containers that didn’t match up with lids, and lids that didn’t match up with containers. My goal is to convert all my plastic to glass, and that is about half done; but since glassware is so much more expensive, it’s going to take a little more time to finish that.
I got the kids’ bedroom closets and the girls’ playroom cleaned and reorganized. That, surprisingly, wasn’t the several-day-long task I thought it would be. We actually got the majority of that done in a day. I ended up having to pick up a couple more containers (and still need a couple more for the Bugs), but the bulk of the work was done in a morning and part of the afternoon.
The tree and Christmas ornaments were put away early this week, after getting the kids’ pictures done. It was nice to get those boxes out of the living room, where they were taking up entirely too much space.
Which brings me to another thing that wasn’t on my previous list, but should have been: the kids’ pictures. Every year I buy them coordinating outfits and take them outside to do their pictures. We usually do it in late summer or early to mid fall, but this year, though I kept waiting for the perfect day, it just didn’t happen. When the cold weather set in, I was pretty disappointed in myself for not getting it done. But after the holiday hubbub was over, and I was getting ready to take the tree down, it struck me that the tree and its location in the living room were the perfect backdrop for pictures. So we took advantage of the nice lighting one morning last week and did all their pictures. I am very happy with how they turned out :).
I did NOT get the kitchen table cleaned off, so that will be yet another goal for the coming week. I also did not get the kitchen pantry organized. However, I DID get a couple of items that will help in the organizing of the pantry.
It may not be a “goal,” per se, but it has been on my “to do” for quite awhile. Hubby and I saw a Naturalpath this week, and it was a huge relief to finally have some answers to some health problems I’ve been suspecting for a long time. My regular doctor did some tests and insisted nothing was wrong; this Naturalpath took one look at me and said, “You have a thyroid problem.” I had not even mentioned that to her, so it was validating to know I haven’t been imagining it all this time. She put me on several supplements, put Hubby on a couple of supplements, and started both of us on a homeopathic diet plan and weight loss supplement. We’ve only been on it a few days but have both already lost a few pounds and are feeling great.
I did not achieve 1,000 words a day in Lily’s Story, but I did make a little progress and plan to make more this week. There is a specific scene I have the goal of completing this week.
Long-Term Writing Goals:
– Finish first draft of Lily’s Story by March 1st.
– Complete first round edits by March 15th.
– Finish second round edits by March 29th.
– Have MS into Beta Reader hands by April 1st.
Goals for this Week:
– 1,000 words per day on Lily’s Story
– Blog according to my Post Schedule
Get each of the children’s bedrooms and the playroom organized
Get one cupboard in the kitchen organized
– Get one more cupboard in the kitchen organized
– Get the kitchen table cleaned off
Put Christmas decorations away
– Organize kitchen pantry
I still have a lot more to accomplish as far as organization, but I’m going to continue to set small, realistic goals in the short term.
What are your goals for the next few weeks and months?