Here we are on the third day of the month and I'm happy to report that I'm making a little progress on this month's challenge.
I started out on March 1st by making a list of all the little things that I need to do, and a list of the larger projects. I also made a honey do list for my hubby.
I thought a lot about how I was able to keep up with things so well back when I worked full time, had all the kids at home, and helped take care of my parents. It really just came down to having good routines and sticking to them. I guess I threw routines out the window after I retired. I still kept up with things for the most part - until the year we do not speak of came along.
Since this year is about getting back into good habits, there is no reason not to put some routines back in place, at least until they become automatic again. I wrote out a little weekly plan including a cleaning routine - I'm hoping to never have to do such a massive deep clean and declutter like I did last month again.
Yesterday I pulled getting my Instagram book shop back up and running again off my project list. This is something I let slide since starting my challenges this year. It's simple enough, but the process from beginning to end is very time consuming. It basically takes the whole afternoon to prepare and then I have the sales in the evening. I've added two days a week for book sales into my new plan.
On my to do list today was grocery shopping. Once I got home we did our usual crazy grocery sanitizing routine. I got the pantry, fridge and freezer reorganized as I put things away, and I broke down and packaged all the meats for the freezer. Last on the list was adding the new freezer items to my inventory list for menu planning. Grocery shopping is literally a project these days!
Once that was all done. I threw in a load of laundry, cleaned out my car, my purse, and our mail basket. I'm off to make dinner now. After dinner clean up, I'm planning to select the books for my sale tomorrow, pop a cold beer, and call it a night.
I have to say, making the lists and planning a routine were the best things I could have done. Things aren't looking nearly as overwhelming now as they seemed all jumbled up in my thoughts. Here's to a productive week!