The house is (generally) a mess, but I have some routines to keep things flowing here. If I didn’t have routines, I wouldn’t be able to function! After being away for several days, followed by consecutive viruses, I have a big uphill battle this week to get back into my routines.
Laundry is one of my major routines. Every day, I do a load of laundry. Even more important, every day I sort that day’s laundry. If I didn’t do that, laundry would pile up and not get done. I have learned I can’t handle looking at a huge pile of laundry, I have to break it up into smaller pieces.
Another major routine is that I empty the dishwasher every morning. Now to do this, the dishwasher has to run, which is my favorite part of the routines–I have help. I cannot work in a messy kitchen, and my ADHD makes cleaning a messy kitchen a near-impossible chore. So my darling Husband cleans the kitchen every evening. Because if I were to clean it alone, it would take twice as long and be done half as well.
Every once in a while I will get in a cleaning spree and my house looks pristine. But in between, I keep it livable with my routines.
I was rushed on Friday getting ready for a meeting. Among other things, I was supposed to bring some pictures for someone to make Christmas ornaments. I procrastinated until the last minute, and hadn’t picked out the pictures yet.
I searched through 3 boxes to find the envelope of pictures I wanted, then picked out the pictures. I set them aside to take with me, and finished getting ready. I promptly forgot about the pictures (after all, I had done my work, right? I picked them out.) and finished getting ready.
Got to the meeting and, lo and behold, the pictures weren’t there. I had forgotten to put them in my purse! Sure enough, when I got home, they were sitting on the counter (along with a pile of other papers that haven’t been put away …)
Yup, that’s ADHD for ya.
I have gotten behind on my challenges my goals this week. I’ve decided being dressed to shoes by 7:30 EVERY day is unrealistic. I like my morning PJ time!
And I haven’t been reading every day as planned, so I’m several days behind in reading 21days to a more disciplined life. I think I got stuck on goal setting, it’s hard for me to identify my goals. So I’ll try here. Some are:
* get my home office moved downstairs
* start working again (long term goal)
* be more intentional about time with my children
* potty train Cassatt
* talk at our local CHADD meeting
It helps to sit down and write them down. And now that I have them written down I can start planning for them.
Another problem I have is with baby steps. it’s hard for me to recognize progress in small increments-so it’s hard to motivate myself to do small steps.
As for my mega project, I’m almost done decluttering the pantry. Only one shelf to go! Once I finished the Tupperware shelf, which I was dreading most, it was hard to motivate myself to do the next step. I finally got over that hurdle, and should be able to work again now.
I haven’t been lighting a candle every day. It’s hard when the kids keep blowing it out. But honestly, the problem is that I haven’t been intentional about it. Hopefully writing it down here will help.
Finally, I’m planning an exciting Thanksgiving challenge for November. I hope you’ll join me. Stay tuned for details!
I’ve decided eating only unprocessed food is unrealistic for me. If nothing else, I think minimally processed food is a blessing that makes my hectic day easier.
My other goals this month are easier. Lighting a candle every day, for a little while, is blessing my home. (And I get to order more candles through our MOPS fundraiser!)
I have more challenging goals through #HelloMornings 21Days to a more disciplined life challenge. My new habit for that is to be dressed to shoes by 7 every day. I have to admit, I had to stop writing to get dressed, but the goal is going well. My mega project is to organize the pantry. I really don’t think this will take 3 weeks, so I didn’t feel to bad when I ran out of time to complete yesterday’s step.
All in all, I feel pretty good about my goals right now.
Well I didn’t do great yesterday. Not bad, but since my parents are visiting we went out to eat. I are healthy mainly whole foods, but I’m not sure how much of it (sauce, grape leaves, etc) may have included processed ingredients.
I made up for it this morning though. I made crock pot banana coconut steel cut oats, and they were YUMMY! I’ll definitely have to make them again. Actually, there were lots of leftovers (convincing my hubby to eat steel cut oats, no matter how much they smell like banana bread, just isn’t happening) so I’ll get to have them again soon! I didn’t take a picture because they really don’t look like much. If I could convey smells in my blog, I would share a sample here!
We’re going out for lunch again today, but to a place with whole food ingredients. And dinner … well, who knows at this point. We’re going to have to do grocery shopping for that.
Have a great day!
So besides the UnProcessed Food challenge, I’ve found 2 other challenges I want to do:
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
This one starts October 3. I’ve been thinking I need to read that book again to be more disciplined, and it really helped me to read it and blog about it last time. That was over a year ago, I think.
The other one is:
Making Your Home a Haven
This just looks like something I need. The first week challenge is to light a candle every day and pray for peace in your home when you look at it. After my crazy morning today (when I was ready to lose it before 8am), I need a challenge to pray for peace.
As I finish my bowl of ice cream, I’m ready to declare that Day 1 of the Unprocessed Food Challenge … will have to be another day. Between my parents’ visit, the lack of planning, and sheer exhaustion today, I didn’t only have white flour and sugar, but also soda and ice cream. Definitely processed foods. But I’ll give myself a pass, and try to start the challenge up again when things return to normal. And when I’m back to planning menus.
Are you joining me on any of these challenges?
More than avoiding “anything you couldn’t make in your own kitchen” I am focused on avoiding processed convenience foods as the month begins. So for breakfast today I’m having sourdough bread that my dad made, with freezer jam I made this summer. And real butter, not spreadable margarine. Coffee (I’m trying honey instead of sugar, I’ll try unprocessed alternatives if the option isn’t too difficult), and eggs. And maybe the cheerios my toddler is force feeding me.