Can you relate? To say I’m “busy” is an understatement at the present time. I know, I know…we’re all busy, whether it be with household chores, parenting, jobs, organizations, exercise (yeah, what’s that, right?), and if we’re lucky hobbies and time to just enjoy life.
As I try to build my blog and organizing business, I am continuing to do daycare…over 50 hours a week. The past month or so I started organizing for a couple people (for actual money…yay!), so I am spending two or three evenings a week doing that after the daycare kids leave. I am also contributing on Voices from the Ville once-a-month. With weekend commitments that seem to never end, that doesn’t leave much time for things like planning meals, grocery shopping, and especially cleaning the house and doing projects for my blog!
Don’t get me wrong…this is not a “woe is me, listen to me complain” kind of post. Instead, this is the start of what I expect will be several posts on how we can manage the busyness and stay on top of everything.
Before I get into some things I’m trying to implement for myself, though, I think a good start to dealing with busyness is to really look at your commitments and see where you can eliminate some things and take back your time. My MOPS year just ended, as did the Relay For Life for this year, and it is my intention to not add any more of those type of activities back into my schedule for quite some time (at least as long as I’m still doing daycare). My priorities outside of daycare (because right now that’s where the income is) are to
somehow carve out time for my husband and daughter, build my blog and business, and get some exercise (Because I’ll feel better, stay healthy and have more energy for all the things I need to do! Plus exercise is a great stress-reducer, and I definitely need that!).
Determine what your priorities are, make a list of your commitments and things you need to do daily, weekly and monthly, and see if there’s anywhere you can cut. Once you have determined that everything left is a necessity or a priority, then you can move on to managing all of it.
|My (New) Cleaning Schedule Form|
Recently several of the blogs I follow have been posting about schedules for cleaning and general daily routines. I typed up a cleaning schedule at one time but never really managed to get in a habit of implementing it, so it’s time to look at that again and see what I can do that will work better.
I liked Jen’s ideas at I Heart Organizing for cleaning schedules, so I created one of my own (above) and have been (slowly) working on getting it filled out. (I also like the framing idea so that you can use a dry-erase marker…I’m not a fan of constantly printing paper and tossing it away.)
It says “Sparkle” on the side (she added that in vinyl)…how cute is that?! And the best part, the caddy was $1 at Target. (If only they had them NOW!)
- Complete our family’s cleaning schedule, frame and hang
- Create a daily routine: One for morning, one for during the day, and one for evening.
- Put together two small cleaning caddies: One for under the kitchen sink, and one for under the bathroom sink.