Monday 1/15/18

Here’s the six list for Monday 1/15

  1. Go through the dry stores, check if there’s anything you need? (And clean a shelf or two while you’re at it, ‘eh?) Finished Fri. 4:00 p.m.
  2. Finish the first pass of the tax accounting. (Thru Aug Nov is done, Finish it!!!) Fri.3:30 p.m.
  3. Go through the string bin: clean & cull. Weds. 8:15 a.m.
  4. (fill in) Clean part of the fridge. Been doing this all week, a shelf or bin at a time, and where they’re stored. So far, I’ve cleaned the egg bin, the milk bin, and 2 shelves. . . . Decided I should give myself credit for the work!
  5. Make appt for the septic clean out in the spring. Fri. 9:30 a.m.
  6. Vacuum under the bed. Fri.4:15 Actually did the hall and around the bed. Vac. under the bed is an hour-long job requiring moving the bottom mattress, which I am not able to do now with my elbow issue!

 

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Friday 1/12/18 List

Yes, it’s Sunday. Yes, I’m behind.

Yes. I have a cold — if your well-being depends upon my doing everything on time, you’re doomed to disappointment. Sorry!

  1. File clippings in the house journals.3:30 p.m.
  2. Oil the sharpening stones. (backlog) Monday 4:00 p.m.
  3. Yank everything out of one drawer, clean and reorganize!Tues. a.m.
  4. Wash & put away the towels. Started 2:10 p.m. Finished Sunday night, sometime.
  5. Wash the egg bin. 2:40 p.m.

 

In Case You Haven’t Noticed

Rather than put up lists and get behind, I’m NOT putting up a new “to do” list until the old list is complete.

No backlog.

I have 2 items outstanding on Thursday’s list:

  • Clean the inside of a closet. Sat. 8:00 a.m., bathroom closet
  • Go through a new box. Sat 11:15 a.m.

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Thursday 1/11/18

  1. Clean the inside of a closet.
  2. Go through a new box.
  3. Clean off the dining room table. 1:30 p.m.
  4. Clear the clean clothes off the washer/dryer. done sometime before dinner, Thurs 1/11.
  5. Put tags on the for sale items. Fri. a.m.

Wednesday 1/10/18

Today’s list:

  1. Clean out the “accessory box” for the wood stove.9:00 p.m.
  2. Remove expired coupons from the binder. 9:40 p.m.
  3. Clean the hair brushes which need it. (Most won’t.)7:30 p.m.
  4. Straighten the medicine cabinet. 9:30 p.m.
  5. Research more books to go out. (Two were donated today; 5 were given as a gift.)Thurs. a.m., there’s another bag of books to go out in the recycling bin.

Tuesday 1/9/18

  1. Research grout question. We put “self-sealing” grout on the hearth. Is it good forever or do we need to seal it again next year? 11:30 a.m. Answer from online research unclear. Need to ask someone in a tile store.
  2. (fill in). Research hollandaise, lemon curd, mayo base idea. Try it. Weds. a.m.
  3. (fill in). Use up the ground meat in the big freezer.  5:00 pm
  4. Research some of the books in the “going away” pile to determine if they’re donations or try to sell me books! Weds. 3:15 p.m.
  5. Lemon oil one of the appliances. Weds. noon

New Monday List!

Okay, this is a restart of my 6-5 list idea. This is the six things on Mon and 5 each Tues – Fri, and catch up on the weekends notion.

Also I will redo the larger, long-term “to do” list sometime this week.

This will make THREE chore lists! The backlogged 6-5 lists, the current 6-5 lists, and the long-term list. Either I’ll just get overwhelmed and quit, again, or I’ll get it done.

What’s really likely is that I’ll get some of it done, for a while, then get overwhelmed and quit. That’s my pattern problem. Somehow, being organized about getting things done eventually leans on the PTSD and I panic and stop. Since many folk seem to get overwhelmed  I guess I don’t feel so bad about not being able to stick to it.

This blog has been a many-year long set of experiments to get me to be able to set a goal then get to it, ‘eh? A tidy house doesn’t seem to make most people panic like it does me, it makes them feel good. It makes me feel good too, but if I do it too consistently? I panic.

The problem has always been the panic. It took me until I was in my mid-50s to be well enough otherwise (not hurting/running scared) to be able to see that what happens to me in a tidy house is panic, and that because of that, it is instantly overwhelming. Telling me “ignore it,” [I can’t tell you how many people have said that to me!] is really useless. Telling myself that is equally useless.

The only real answer has been to find ways to turn tidying into habit, so that I don’t think about it, I just do it. Fine. Except that the process of doing that causes me to panic too — and the rat wheel goes around — again.

So. Here I am, again. With another shot at it, again.

Monday’s 6:

  1. File something. 5:11 p.m.
  2. Clean the front of the kitchen cabinet that hasn’t been cleaned the longest (I put stickies in the drawers/cabinets that tell me when I cleaned them last.) 6:30 p.m.
  3. Clean the cat food bin. 10:28 p.m.
  4. Straighten an underwear drawer. 10:20 p.m.
  5. (fill in). Bathroom floor & counter clean up. 1:40 p.m.
  6. Get the planner started.