Another journey around the sun…

My 51st year (and beyond) … heading towards a simpler existence (or just getting on top of it all!)

Here comes the 48th trip around the sun! — 22/08/2013

Here comes the 48th trip around the sun!

To my faithful followers, thank you for sticking with the journey so far. It’s been less than smooth.. I’m glad you’re with me anyway. The house still isn’t ‘dog ready’, although surprise, it’s quite a miracle that nothing has been destroyed! There are still piles all over the place and the kitchen sink is once again hidden … It’s got so bad that my menu is based on cooking in the smallest space possible :/

So… a change is coming. Yesterday I turned 47. It was a very normal day – I went to work, came home, ran some errands, cooked dinner, walked the dog… you know the usual. Actually there were 5 dog walks in total, work was a big mess due to my computer being stuck in some loop and the main errand consisted on getting shoes for Mr. 14. Up another size … seriously, when will his feet stop growing?!?!?!?!

I did have some time for thinking whilst walking the dog – it’s “my time” and realised that I’ve not set any firm rules for myself. I followed that thought a bit further and decided to investigate what other people’s challenges were. My sister over at Box of Photos is doing a daily photo challenge and I like the idea of quick short posts for each day. Another one that I follow on Facebook is Clutter365 where the author was so happy with her progress she just kept going…

I also don’t like the name of the blog so much – it was funny when I wrote the piece to start with – now it just feels odd.

I like the 48th journey around the sun idea. This comes from a quote I found that says

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. – Author Unknown

So as I journey around the sun yet again, join me as I take little steps towards being clutter free and in control again. I suspect my oomph will surface very shortly!

Today I rename the blog, I set the rules, I shine the sink as per The Flylady and let’s get this show on the road! Coming shortly the new name and the rules!!!!

Hold tight, I think it could get a little bumpy for a while.

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Pre-Challenge Days 3 & 4: All caught up! — 30/08/2012

Pre-Challenge Days 3 & 4: All caught up!

Or now my morning and afternoon routines have been mapped out. Mr. 13 also has his own sheets…

You’ll notice that there are no times listed:

Tasks 3 & 4: Routines!

We pretty much get up at the same time every week day. Mr. 13’s school day starts at 08:15 every day except Tuesday, while The Engineer is generally out the door between 08:30 and 09:00. My days start and end all over the place and now that my course is confirmed I’ll have some early starts in the next couple of weeks.

Afternoon routines are also un-timed. Depending on the day, Mr. 13 might arrive home any time between 13:30 and 20:30. The Engineer has plenty of overseas clients which result in late afternoon phone conferences. Sometimes that delays his arrival home so I try to plan meals that don’t spoil from sitting too long… it’s super important to me that we eat together as a family!

My issue (and Mr. 13’s) is distraction. I start doing something and then go off on a tangent, and then another one and before I know it, I’m so far from the original task that I’ve either forgotten what I was doing or I have to start all over again! Sound familiar? So, with a checklist, let’s see how getting through the afternoon, feeding the family, doing the homework and staying on top works out …

I do try to go to bed at the same time every night and that does make getting up at the same time every morning really easy. I generally wake before the alarm and start reading my mails and then cancel the alarm… not exactly the best way to start the day!

Looking forward to pre-challenge # 5 and then starting on Monday 🙂

Day 4 and the next step — 14/05/2012

Day 4 and the next step

Today’s step is nicely simple in its execution. Write it down.

Shine the sink.

Get dressed to shoes.

Read the messages.

The messages come to my mail box. I saw that this week we are working in the bathroom zone. One of mine is fine, the other one… well let’s just say there is a mountain of washing awaiting some attention.

Back to the control journal. It’s a manual of routines. As you go along, more and more tasks are added. Eventually every task finds its own place in the routine. So far my evening routine consists of shining sink, charging the dishwasher and bed. Morning routine ablutions, dressing to shoes, breakfast and newspaper reading.

You might notice that emptying dishwasher is not mentioned. It is supposed to be Mr. 12’s task. However for the short-term I’m taking that responsibility away from him and building it into the morning routine. Never fear, I’ll find another suitable task for him to do!

Have to say this shiny sink and empty bench greeting me every morning is just fantastic!