First things first. My new camera arrived yesterday and I’m so excited! I had just a little time to play around with it and the pictures were fantastic! Today my settings or something must be off because I was struggling to get the same results. Good thing I bought the “For Dummies” book! I wound up getting the Sony A65. I’ll (try to remember to) share how I ended up on that and some of my first photos with it another day.
Also new this week is that I’m trying to get back to my daily routine which I
started attempted to do last year (you can read up on it here, here , here, here, and here). At first it was going well, especially the morning part, which frankly helped enough overall that I still felt pretty awesome, despite not getting to the other half. The toilet bowl was always shiny, the bathroom was always wiped down, and for the most part anyone could have stopped without notice and I wouldn’t have had my usual panic that something was a mess.
Have I mentioned I’m not a fan of unannounced visitors? That’s a big reason. That and my incessant need to PLAN…everything.
Anywho, it went well for a week, maybe two. Maybe longer. I figured I’d get into a good habit of the morning routine, then once I had a grasp on that and it felt like a natural extension of my day, then I’d add in the rest. I made those cute printables, but it took a while to get them framed, and then even longer to finish my pegboard command station so they had a home. Without a list in plain sight, plus all the normal things that throw off a new habit, it eventually went to the wayside.
And boy do I miss my shiny toilet.
Christmas break was relaxing, yet busy in its own way, and since most routine was out the window during that time, it just didn’t seem feasible to bring it back then. But I’m ready to get on top of things…the cleaning, the to-do’s, everything…and figured this was a good place to start. (Easing into the new year simply, remember.)
So yesterday I got out my dry-erase marker and decided to actually look at the list and mark it as I go…up through the entire thing (not just the morning routine). My husband made things easier because he’d cleaned up the kitchen the night before and ran the dishwasher, so the dishes were, in fact, ready to be put away and the kitchen was clean, as per the nighttime part of the routine. A lot of my morning routine is natural – shower, make-up and hair, make the bed (if Brad hasn’t already since he gets up after me). I made sure to wipe down the sink & toilet early in the morning so it was checked off. I had several things to put away around the house, so my “15 minutes of decluttering” for the afternoon was done early. (I don’t think that’s cheating, do you?)
Now that I’m training to become a Jazzercise instructor again, my 30 minutes of exercise comes in the form of practice, otherwise I’m at class for an hour a few days a week, which I figure averages out to meet my “goal”. Typically I do yoga on Mondays as well but we had such severe cold here yesterday that school and everything else was cancelled, including yoga. Stretching every day at home is something I really need to get better about, especially now…my legs are starting to feel it!
Melissa at The Inspired Room shared a post on establishing a daily routine yesterday, and I can totally relate to some things she shared. For some people the cute lists just don’t cut it if it’s too much and too overwhelming to put into practice. I haven’t even started on my cleaning schedule! Like she says, “I may not feel like cleaning a toilet on a Tuesday.” As with any organizing project, you have to determine what works best for you. If a system doesn’t fit your life, your personality, your time…it will fail. Looking at Melissa’s routine we have a pretty similar morning one. (And I am totally on board with coffee…or in my case, Crio…being part of a morning routine. I just don’t have that one written down because I will. not. forget.) If you’re hesitant to get in over your head with an all-day routine, start with just the morning.
As far as what to choose, Melissa has great advice in her post:
Don’t let the fear of being overwhelmed stop you from trying this out! I can tell you from my experience that by sticking with even a few daily tasks really helps me feel more on top of things and more in control of my life. It’s a great SIMPLE way to start a new year!